MMO Week in Review: A console port is a blessing for Star Trek Online (May 15, 2016)

    
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One of my self-inflicted rules for our Week in Review mandates that I not feature the same game twice in a row, but I say today that Star Trek Online, which rarely gets featured at all, deserves the exception. After announcing a controversial original-series-flavored expansion pack for the sci-fi MMORPG earlier this month, PWE and Cryptic have now announced that the 2010 game will port to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this fall, no doubt in the hopes of emulating the success of MMOs like Neverwinter, DC Universe Online, and Final Fantasy XIV. Newsflash to grumpy PC gamers: An influx of console money is a good thing for the longevity of the game. You should be cheering!

Meanwhile, Blizzard kicked off World of Warcraft’s Legion expansion beta test (really beta this time), and NCsoft’s latest financials cast a shadow over WildStar.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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dwhisper
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dwhisper

JayPower I’ve been a long-time customer of STO at this point, and have a lifetime subscription and all but perhaps five of the ships that have been released since T6 were announced. While I may not fly any of those ships regularly, I have never really regretted the purchases for them. I could have probably waited, but I enjoy having the options.

JayPower
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JayPower

Get used to that feeling. Questioning your purchase decisions. It’s the norm for Cryptic customers.
The console port though IS a good thing so no need to worry. All you have to do is look around and see that pc to console ports do not have a history of hurting the original pc game. Not with Cryptic nor other Devs that I’m aware of.

dwhisper
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dwhisper

breetoplay dwhisper (My edit timer expired, so just extending this a bit)…

I mean, I just spent $130 to get the YOT pack to support it, and a couple of days later they announce a new platform and support, but kind of dodge the question on will my purchase apply to both. And it really makes me question if that purchase was the right thing to do, when I made the purchase because I do enjoy the game. I want to try and believe it’s positive or that it’s somehow good, but for some reason, it really doesn’t feel like it.

dwhisper
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dwhisper

breetoplay dwhisper I’m not a NW player so I can’t really speak to it, but after listening to the Priority One podcast (http://priorityonepodcast.com/po270/) interview with Zeronius Rex my feelings haven’t changed much. She dashes the transfer option (which I get), mostly shoots down cross-purchase (though does say that there would be logins specific to the platform), and says that they’re approaching the different platforms, effectively, as different SKUs. 

I get it entirely from a business perspective, and as a developer, I get separating out the platforms from a support view. They’re certainly giving new people a chance to play and enjoy a game, but I’m not seeing any reason for existing players to feel good about this or even support it. It doesn’t seem they want the current base on this game at all.

ShadowVasTerra
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ShadowVasTerra

I shall now sit here and await the horrific hand trauma that comes from
people trying to squeeze the necessary number of input combinations
into a controller.

BryanCole
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BryanCole

Hmmm….I wonder if Carbine has thought about putting Wildstar on consoles.  It seems a perfect fit for controllers and tons of console players would play the game just off the Ratchet and Clank vibe alone.  Heck if they can put a mediocre MMO like STO on the console why not a better game that just needs a little bit of help right now?

Polyanna
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Polyanna

castagere shaikura How did they handle this with Neverwinter? Did they just go full console mode for both platforms?

breetoplay
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breetoplay

dwhisper I don’t think there’s a whole lot of need for worry, honestly. PWE has dealt very fairly with the Neverwinter PC crowd. If it were another company with a bad track record on console, I’d be more worried.

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

Its a good move IMO and honestly I wish more MMO’s and mobas would release on consoles going into the future. I’m almost full casual mode as far as gaming so why am I spending all this money on keeping my p.c up to date again? I’m pretty sure whenever the Xbox 2 or PS5 come out ill be officially jumping ship. Just buy a keyboard/mouse for it and I’m done, I’m doing pretty much all my banking and browsing on tablets or phone anyway. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

castagere shaikura Yeah. Part of me is looking forward to seeing what it looks like, but damn I hope to hell they give us the option to choose which UI we want to use.