Now the the beta test for Star Trek Online is over (see earlier report) the game is preparing for its official launch next Tuesday (and ‘head start’ this Friday). Today Cryptic posted a new ‘state of the game’, including comments dealing with bugs, some details on new content, and hints for for the first big update of the game. Atari also announced a new promotion with SyFy, including a 2-day Star Trek (TNG & ENT) marathon. Details on all that below.
State of the game – January 27th, 2010
Star Trek Online executive producer Craig Zinkievich has posted a new update on the state of STO, following the end of the closed beta. Here it is:
The Journey Begins…
Thank you all so very much for making this entire Beta experience as awesome as it has been.
I could look back and reminisce about the downtimes. I could wax nostalgic about the patches. I could even recall every exploit with distaste and still fondly remember the awesome emergent gameplay you’ve shown us… And yet, all that implies an end. Sure, the test is over. But, in reality, this is only the beginning.
We’ve been working without rest for nearly two years to reach this moment — the moment when we can begin expanding Star Trek Online in earnest. The years ahead when we get to work directly with you to figure out what we add next to the game, where we fill out content, and what new systems we might add. That’s real development. That’s live development.
Not a team to just sit back and wait, we’re already working on content additions, bug fixes and ‘quality of life’ improvements that we’re going to roll out over the next couple months. Here are a few of the things we’re working on:
The Borg have planned. They have adapted. They have evolved. What the Borg cannot assimilate, they will destroy.
You saw a little Borg action in our End of Beta event – prepare to see more. The Federation have tracked down the Borg staging ground for their assault on the Alpha Quadrant. Join up with Battle Group Omega and take the fight to the Borg. Experience new Federation Episodes, Borg Exploration Clusters, deep space encounters. Also expect daily missions for these tasks to maximize the rewards you’ll be getting for helping out Starfleet in the Gamma Orionis Sector.
These are the high-end episodes you’ve been waiting for. Locked to 5-players, you’ll need every trick and every bit of teamwork to complete these challenges.
A Borg raid-i-sode series culminating in an encounter with the Borg queen is on its way. Expect a couple other “loose ends” to be addressed in the future, as well.
Available for both Klingon Generals and Starfleet Admirals, we’ll be releasing a new one of these every few weeks for the next three months.
We’re already working on it and it’ll be out before you know it.
The first update is going to have more PvP, Klingon exploration content, more ground fleet actions, more ship costume pieces, more playable species, and then some.
Bugs and Reactions to Them
Of course, like any MMO, we’ll scramble during the first couple weeks reacting to new bugs. putting in quality of life fixes, and closing exploits that weren’t exposed to us during Beta.
We’ll be fine tuning as well, but don’t expect thoughtless or harsh changes to game balance. We’re more than willing to wait and make sure everything we do is measured and calculated.
Expect a public test shard to become available real soon, too. We’ve named her "Tribble." This is where the brave Captains (read: addicted testers) amongst you can try out our changes before we push them live. If you’re one of those who can’t get enough of the bleeding edge of development – or have a penchant for finding bugs and balance issues – keep an eye on the forums for details.
So, thank you again for the awesome Beta, but the fun begins now.
We have years of development left in us and a universe of content still to add. Here’s where it gets interesting… Here’s where you help us figure out what comes next.
I, for one, am looking forward to taking that journey.
SyFy Star Trek Marathon and promotion
Also today, Atari announced a promotional partnership with SyFy. The SyFy channel will be doing a two day marathon of Star Trek Enterprise and Star Trek The Next Generation on Monday and Tuesday of next week. In addition they have added a new Star Trek Online section to their website ( www.Syfy.com/StarTrek), including a special “Syfy Bundle” digital download of the game, which includes the following bonuses:
- “Neodymium Deflector Dish” — An in-game item grants a bonus to Auxiliary power, boosts maneuverability, and increases the effectiveness of a ship’s Science abilities.
- “500 Cryptic Points” — These micro-transaction credits can be used to purchase in-game items and unlock unique bonuses.
- “Syfy Store Discount” — Purchasers of the Syfy bundle will receive 15% off their next purchase at the Syfy.com store.
And here are details on the SyFy Star Trek marathon
Monday February 1st – Star Trek Enterprise Marathon
08:00 AM SHOCKWAVE – PT 1
09:00 AM SHOCKWAVE – PT 2
10:00 AM CARBON CREEK
11:00 AM MINEFIELD
12:00 PM DEAD STOP
01:00 PM A NIGHT IN SICKBAY
02:00 PM MARAUDERS
03:00 PM THE SEVENTH
04:00 PM THE COMMUNICATOR
05:00 PM SINGULARITY
06:00 PM VANISHING POINT
Tuesday February 2nd – Star Trek The Next Generation Marathon
08:00 AM THE CHASE
09:00 AM FRAME OF MIND
10:00 AM TIMESCAPE
11:00 AM GAMBIT – PART 1
12:00 PM GAMBIT – PART 2
01:00 PM PHANTASMS
02:00 PM ATTACHED
03:00 PM PARALLELS
04:00 PM THE PEGASUS
05:00 PM LOWER DECKS
06:00 PM GENESIS
Pre-order and get into the head start
Star Trek Online is officially released on Tuesday February 2nd, but for those that pre-order you can get into the ‘head start’ which launches on Friday January 29th. You can pre-order the game from TrekMovie’s preferred retail partner Amazon (where you can select either the Standard or Collector’s Edition). The Amazon editions also include am exclusive Borg bridge officer, and a $10 credit for a future game purchase at Amazon. (Remember purchase of the game includes 30 days free trial, after that there is a monthly fee).
(Cryptic also has a list of additional retailers)