Star Trek Online warps into Discovery’s universe as Stephen Ricossa steps down as exec producer

While Star Trek Discovery has proven to be a divisive entry into the long-running franchise, with some fans hating its take on the Trek universe and some loving the new direction, it would have been impossible for Star Trek Online to ignore it. And in fact, the all-franchise-inclusive MMO will be sending players into the Discovery universe this fall.

With Age of Discovery, Star Trek Online will give players the opportunity to dip their toes into this earlier period by creating a Discovery-era captain and exploring a new tutorial, fighting in a new queue, and beating a pair of additional missions. The content update will be bolstered by the addition of Starfleet Academy Cadet Sylvia Tilly, voiced by the TV show’s Mary Wiseman.

“The first installment from Age of Discovery will introduce a brand new starting experience allowing players to create a Federation character from the Discovery era,” Cryptic said in a press release. “The update also includes two new Discovery episodes available to all characters, a new Task Force Operation to defend Starbase 1 and an expansion to the game’s Reputation System to Tier 6 that unlocks powerful new rewards. Additional details — including the release date for Age of Discovery’s first installment on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation®4 — will be announced later this year.”

In other STO news, Executive Producer Stephen Ricossa announced today that he’ll be stepping down from “the big chair” on the game and moving on to another role under Cryptic’s umbrella – it must be a huge opportunity indeed as he’s a pretty serious Trek fan.

“I’m proud of every release, every feature, every event and every episode we released over the last three and a half years and with the incredibly successful release of Victory is Life behind us, I’m announcing that I’ll be leaving the big chair as the executive producer of Star Trek Online,” he writes. “I’ll still be a part of the Cryptic Studios family and in my stead I’m happy to introduce our new executive producer, Andre Emerson. He has a wealth of video game industry experience and knowledge of Star Trek, and I know his time in the captain’s chair will mean exciting new things for this community and this game.”

Source: Press release
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Castagere Shaikura

An STD in STO. I guess why not. They throw everything else in. Rodenberry really screwed to pooch by not leaving his legacy to someone that cared about it instead of Hollywood.

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Chris Moss

They would be better off doing an Orville expansion/crossover.

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Richard de Leon III

that would be a dream, especially if seth mcfarlane did the scripting

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Hravik

I couldn’t get past the first half of the season. Too many characters that are so forgettable I don’t remember their names, or are just downright unlikeable.

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Armsman

I couldn’t get past the first half of the season. Too many characters that are so forgettable I don’t remember their names, or are just downright unlikeable.

^^^
Why bring up “Star Trek: Voyager” in a “Star Trek: Discovery” content discussion? ;)

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Cosmic Cleric

At least I can remember the Voyager crew names.

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John Mynard

Agreed, aside from Burnham, Georgiou, Saru, and Sarek I couldn’t name anyone else in the cast. I mean the rest of the bridge crew are a hodgepodge of geek waifu tropes from robot girls to scarred cybernetic broken birds

I’m also afraid they’re going to go too far the other way trying to compensate for how dark the first season was.

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Nick Martin

If they let my character wear a fabulous Disco shirt… this will be their best update ever

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rawhunger

Fiiiiiie on it, I say!! FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEE!!!!

That means I’m not liking this announcement one bit. Screw the STD!

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CasualSlacks

I can’t claim to be die hard trekkie since I didn’t keep up with DS9 or Voyager and I thought that Enterprise was poo, but Discovery is a good show. Maybe if people binged it instead of watching it week to week as it was released, they’d enjoy it more. There’s no crisis of the week on Discovery. It’s more like a novel than a bunch of stories about the same characters chronologically sequenced. Anyway, if I was back in STO, I’d be excited about the new content.

I assume Ricossa is going over to Magic.

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Hirku

Even if I’m not a big fan of STD (heh, another fine acronym: “Hey, did you catch the latest STD last night?”), I’m pleasantly surprised to see an announcement for new content so soon after their latest release. I’ve gotten used to playing games where the developers act like they have to panhandle in the subway for years just to produce an hour of new content.

For me content is king and variety is queen, so I’m pleased to be playing a Star Trek game that not only lets me play as different factions, but in different eras of the franchise. It’s all good to me.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I’ve repeatedly said that STO and the passionate people who work on that game are true custodians of the Prime Timeline and the 25th Century story.

I’m not usually one for doom and jumping to early conclusions, but for people who enjoy the 25C universe they’ve created, this is pretty much the worst news that could ever be announced for STO outside of it actually shutting down.

Some ships and missions can be ignored as the player desires (See what they did with Enterprise and the Kelvin Timeline). An entire expansion with AoY style starting areas and new systems. It’s just going to cause things to be further fragmented in a fandom that is already at the breaking point.

STO could surprise me. They did the Kelvin stuff better than 3 movies did… but, with the additional announcement of leadership change, my skepticism is high.