Star Trek Online changes executive producers

    
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Star Trek Online has a new captain helming its ship, as Stephen D’Angelo has stepped down as executive producer and long-time STO dev Stephen Ricossa has filled the vacancy. D’Angelo will now be Cryptic’s chief technology officer in charge of overseeing “several internal projects.”

Ricossa introduced himself as a life-long Star Trek fan and teased one big upcoming change to the game: Sector walls will be coming down in Season 10, leaving a single map per quadrant instead of several segmented ones.

In other STO news, the team unveiled its work on Tier 6 command battlecruisers that will be coming “soon” to the game store. These battlecruisers will not only have a commander engineering/command hybrid specialist bridge officer seat but access to a new inspiration mechanic. An inspiration meter is filled by using bridge officer abilities, and once it’s full, captains can activate one of three powerful abilities for their entire group.

[Source: A change in command, Tier 6 command ships]

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ZenJitzu
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ZenJitzu

mysecretid GreaterdivinityThis is true. Although you can only refine 8000 dilithium a day still
(typically), which equates to a little under $0.48 a day (at the
current 168 dil/zen rate). You will need to do this for 63 days in order
to afford that one ship, but it is technically possible.
I’d recommend going out and mowing a few lawns or shoveling some driveways for the money, but that’s just efficiency talking.

ITPalg
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ITPalg

BigMikeyOcho

Read again. I already said “since he is allied with Federation”.

Armsman
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Armsman

IMO – as long as they keep Al (Captain Geko) Rivera as a Lead – STO will continue to be mediocre at best. I find it interesting that his view of the game seems to conflict with the new EP’s view in a couple areas if recent podcast comments by both are indicative of how each views the game. YMMV.

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

mysecretid Greaterdivinity Technically this is true, but that grind to acquire and exchange $30 worth of dilithium is borderline torture. I applaud anyone with the fortitude to actually do it.

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

ITPalg Pretty sure you have to do the mission to choose which side you become loyal to, Fed or Klingon first. Fed’s aren’t allowed in Klingon space (unless you’re an Ambassador) and vice versa. Just pick a side and then you can go wherever you want.

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

Rustybladez Unless you ran the winter event or the current anniversary event. Both of which reward a Tier 6 ship, just maybe not the T6 you want.

captainzor
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captainzor

lol the sector walls coming down sounds like a great thing… i really was always bugged by the feeling that “space traffic cops” were at the edges of space letting me through to the next “zone”

I really wish they would implement the idea of true open space and exploration they’ve been dreaming about for years, though.  That might make me try the game again (and I played extensively in the first year or two) but I wager star citizen will be live before that could ever happen.

Rustybladez
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Rustybladez

The big rub with this is there appears 0 ways in game to get a tier 6 ship other than going through the ca$h shop and dropping $30 on *ONE* ship.  So it’s like, “hey we got new tier 60 content, have fun struggling through it until you pay us for a better ship.”  Poor people can’t have ice cream in this game.

Nonsensicles
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Nonsensicles

Well, I guess whichever of these two fellows is in charge, it’s a Stephen universe.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Greaterdivinity 
Remember that you can exchange Dilithium for Zen in-game, using a player-impacted exchange rate, so you never have to spend real money on store ships unless you want to do so. You basically trade time and grind for the spending of real money, if you so choose.
Not here to argue the merits of the policy as it exists, merely reminding the curious that the in-game Dilithium Exchange still exists (drop-down menu under the mini-map) for those who are willing to spend time in lieu of money, and would rather keep their real-world cash.

Cheers,