The third season of Star Trek: Discovery jumped the show forward to the year 3189, where the crew of the USS-Discovery met up with the 32nd century Starfleet. One of the ships that stood out to fans was the USS Voyager-J, carrying on the legacy of the titular ship from Star Trek: Voyager. The ship was seen only in glimpses during season three, and now Star Trek Online is giving us a closer look at their new class of ship inspired by the Voyager-J.
Meet the Janeway Class
On Friday Cryptic Studios announced they were introducing a new rare Tier 6 ship (their highest class): the Janeway Class Command Science Vessel into Star Trek Online. This ship is the massively multiplayer game’s version of the 32nd-century USS Voyager-J as seen in season three of Star Trek: Discovery.
The ship is being added on March 4th as an additional promotion bonus. When players buy a Research and Development Pack or a Duty Officer Pack they will have a chance to open into a rare Tier 6 ship, including the Janeway class.
Check out this video featuring the new Janeway Class (shown as the USS Voyager-J)
UPDATE: ZeeFilms video featuring Janeway Class
Even if it isn’t technically the same as the one seen in Discovery, the Star Trek Online version of the ship gives fans a better idea of USS Voyager-J.
Here is how the ship is described by the STO team:
In a distant future timeline, Federation starships have undergone a number of interesting evolutions of both technology and aesthetics. Some still reflect elements of their original lineage though, as is true with the Janeway-class Command Science Vessel. Drawing its original inspiration from the Intrepid-class starships of the late-24th century, this ship has been updated to focus on speed and maneuverability in local space, without sacrificing its scientific capabilities. Unlike classic science vessels, this ship focuses its power output on hull integrity rather than shield capacity, and has also been specifically outfitted to serve as a fleet command vessel.
There are even more details on the Janeway Class at the official STO site, but highlights include cloaking, 32nd-century phasers, and a “Photonic Cannon.” Here is how they describe it:
This weaponry was originally theorized in the late-24th century as an ingenious way to utilize photonic/holographic technology, but application of those theories only came to fruition with the introduction of programmable matter. Now that it has been realized, starships with both capabilities may rapidly deploy this technology while in the field. Deployment includes a sensor-masking suite that acts as a defensive countermeasture for the ship, while simultaneously creating an additional source of firepower to soften up any enemy starships unfortunate enough to be lingering in your ship’s forward arc.
Fans may remember that the “photonic cannon” was an idea that came from the episode “Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy.” The concept came from a fantasy created by The Doctor, who had envisioned himself as an “Emergency Command Hologram.” Eventually, he would have to use the idea as a bluff (seen in the video below), but now it has been made real by Star Trek Online.
Cryptic explains why it’s a Janeway Class and not an Intrepid Class
In season 3 of Discovery (and associated concept art) the USS Voyager-J was identified as an “Intrepid Class” ship, which is the same destination as the original USS Voyager commanded by Captain Janeway. TrekMovie reached out to Cryptic for some clarification on why they are calling their version the “Janeway Class.” Design director Al Rivera points out how bringing a 32nd-century ship into their 25th-century setting had some practical issues they had to deal with:
“For Star Trek Online, each ship needs its own class name. It’s not an Intrepid Class for the sake of communication. It doesn’t have the same stats, doesn’t share costume pieces. It has no more in common than a Constitution [Class] has to a Galaxy [Class]. We simply cannot offer 2 completely different ships that have the same name. So we worked with CBS and landed on calling it the Janeway Class. It is pretty clear what we are referring to. It honors its lineage while communicating what to expect. If you want to get technical with the lore, one could argue this ship is a recreation of the one seen on screen. A reverse-engineered version of the 32nd-century Intrepid using 2411 technology. Therefore, it has a different class name. But the reality is we needed a way to distinguish the original Intrepid from this new ship.”
Long story short, Star Trek Online already had an Intrepid Class Science Vessel, so they called the new class inspired by the USS Voyager-J the Janeway Class, in honor of Captain Janeway. Seems fitting.
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