The MOP Up: Star Trek Online engages Battle at the Binary Stars

    
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Continuing with its push deeper into the Age of Discovery arc, Star Trek Online has warped in the Battle at the Binary Stars task force operation for players to enjoy. This TFO, which was seen in the opening episodes of the new Star Trek Discovery series, seeks to recreate the cinematic spectacle for players.

But all is not well in STO land. Cryptic’s still struggling to get the Foundry online and has been targeting some nasty lag and rubberbanding that’s been happening.

This is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories and videos from this past week in this edition of The MOP Up (and if you don’t see a news story that we should have, drop us a tip)!

League of Legends is exploring Ashe’s backstory with a new comic book series that is coming to fans pretty soon.

Jurassic World Evolution brought out Patch 1.5 along with the Secrets of Dr. Wu. Group leaders, sleeping behaviors, and a day/night cycle are now yours.

An Overwatch music video poking fun at players’ failure to ever pick a support class has turned into a non-ironic way to bash women for not being the healer. Way to go, community.

If a flag bearer dies on the battlefield in War of Rights, you can now scramble over to bear the standard for your side, thanks to this past week’s patch.

Wakfu unveiled some new nations and is hoping to divide and conquer the playerbase through it.

A small patch was dropped from orbit into PlanetSide 2, bringing some fixes for broken camo, additional loading screens, and guaranteed sixth anniversary gifts.

Speaking about small patches, Neverwinter’s tossing out a lot of fixes across the game as a whole. Our favorite? “Ironically, players can no longer accept the quest Second Chances a second time after completing it.”

Now that MapleStory 2 has launched, the developers have a lot to say about taking this franchise to a new frontier.

Here’s a helpful search tool so that you can find that special Guild Wars 2 rune you’ve always wanted.

The Prosperous Universe team is doing a “fast burn” to get the game ready for First Access.

Relive the PlanetSide 2 sixth anniversary dev livestream:

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Castagere Shaikura

CBS will do anything to sell Discovery. I liked STO when it was its own version of Trek. Now they have to do what CBS wants them to do even more.

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McGuffn

I don’t think this is a case of CBS forcing Cryptic to do things they don’t want to do. I think they were probably chomping at the bit for large amount of content based on current (i.e. not almost 20 years old) Star Trek.

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JonBuck

It might surprise you to learn that the Devs genuinely like Discovery. To think that they wouldn’t include a currently-running Trek series (even if it’s one that doesn’t appeal to you) in the game is rather unrealistic.

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Cosmic Cleric

To think that they wouldn’t include a currently-running Trek series (even if it’s one that doesn’t appeal to you) in the game is rather unrealistic.

Well, considering the controversial nature of the show, and how it could impact the bottom line of STO (piss off the fans including it as content), it’s not unrealistic at all to think that.

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JonBuck

There’s enough Star Trek to go around. There were fans who declared that TNG was “not Star Trek” when it first came out. Other fans hate one series or another. And that’s okay. But it’s also okay to like things others dislike.

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Cosmic Cleric

I believe (and from what I’ve seen, has been proven) that STD’s controversies are an “order of magnitude” MORE controversial, than any previous Trek controversies. Its mere existence has brought down more anger and controversy, than anything else, Trek wise.

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JonBuck

A great deal of the controversy comes from the look-and-feel of the series, which comes down to design decisions made by Brian Fuller (like the hairless Klingons, the boxy warp nacelles, uniforms, etc.). Decisions that going forward the current showrunners will have to correct for to some degree.

But here’s the thing for me, personally. I don’t regard those decisions as deal-breakers in my enjoyment of the series. I have a rather laid back view of the fiction I enjoy–I’m not saying I’ll accept anything they do, but I will just shrug at the stuff I don’t like. It’s just a show.

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Cosmic Cleric

Going to have to respectfully disagree with your notion of the controversy being just a “look and feel” issue.

As a Star Trek fan, I tried watching the first episode. I actually do not like how the bridge looked, but that was ok, I let it pass. But the way the characters acted, so very UN-Trek like, is what put me off. Badly. One of the fundamental tenants of the Trek universe is how Star Fleet members treat each other, and that was trashed in the first few minutes of the first episode.

To me, “Story” is king, Story is greater than artistic expression (especially directorial artistic expression (looking at you Star Wars/Disney)). Do whatever L&F changes you like, as long as you are true to the story, etc.

To me, and others that I’ve spoken to, or read their comments about (and I’ve done allot of both of that), the total butchering of what came before in Trek lore, the mangling of the ‘story’, is where the controversy stems from. When people complain about the L&F, that’s just icing on the cake (and also some like to just bitch about anything).

For the new Trek movies, I enjoyed them. I hated them as Star Trek (gotta love galactic transporting suit cases, and immortality drugs from tribbles). I enjoyed them as decent sci-fi stories, but they were not Star Trek (which is too bad, the acting was really good in them).

Something as import as a national pop icon as Star Trek, deserved better, and not worth giving a pass, just to let a corporation get around a ‘20% different’ contractual obligation/rule and put out stuff that looks like Star Trek, but isn’t Star Trek. It passed my ‘forgiveness’ threshold (which is actually set at a pretty high level).

Anyway, my $0.02, for what its worth. Thank you for reading. :)

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Armsman

EVERY new Star Trek series has been ‘controversial’ with the Star Trek fanbase. It’s a never ending cycle that started with TAS and then the feature films.

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Cosmic Cleric

I believe (and from what I’ve seen, has been proven) that STD’s controversies are an “order of magnitude” MORE controversial, than any previous Trek controversies. Its mere existence has brought down more anger and controversy, than anything else, Trek wise.

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Castagere Shaikura

So you guy think CBS has no say into what happens in this game wow just wow.

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JonBuck

I didn’t say that. You implied that Cryptic wouldn’t be adding the content unless CBS forced them to because they would obviously hate the series. That isn’t the case.

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J

I made it about 5 episodes into Discovery. At some point I will have to revisit it and see if has improved. Ultimately though, I miss the more traditional episodic format and the science of the modern show was a bit off putting.

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Rees Racer

I’m not going to maintain the second half of Discovery’s first season is revolutionary, but I do think it improved quite a lot, and I ended up enjoying it thoroughly.

I like many of the “Mirror” universe episodes throughout the history of Trek, but I don’t want to spoil anything if you elect to have another go.

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JonBuck

There’s a degree of “Star Trek of Thrones” which I think was imposed as a matter of Executive Meddling. Like it or not, HBO and Game of Thrones has set a standard that others will try and emulate. Discovery was part of the “premium TV” trend. I don’t think they’re going to go back to an episodic format–that just doesn’t work with mainstream audiences now. So the franchise has to adapt.