Star Trek Online players say they aren’t going for Cryptic’s lackluster $120 ship bundle

    
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Star Trek Online may be set in some sort of idealistic utopia, but the game practices have left its fanbase feeling as though it was living in anything but paradise. For starters, the four-ship $120 Discovery Operations pack has many players feeling as though they were getting less for more.

“I think Perfect World has dropped the ball here,” one Redditor wrote after comparing this pack to previous ones. “I’m not spending $120 to get 60% fewer ships.”

The pack doesn’t include anything Romulan, by the way, and that faction is about fed up with being ignored by Cryptic in favor of Federation (the Klingon faction says “Welcome to our club,” by the way). “I’m tired of being ignored because I choose Romulan,” said a player. “There have been no new warbirds, and the new costume is Fed only. You’ve made a grand total of no Romulan content since Victory is Life and severely limit the content you have made so Romulans can’t use it.”

And then the game has suffered some login issues as of late, prompting Cryptic to extend the anniversary event:

Source: Reddit, Twitter. Thanks Darren and Panagiotis!
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Hravik

I’ve always thought STO was way way overpriced on just about every ship it came out with. Its why I stopped playing years ago. That and long waits for content that can be done in an hour or less, plus devs that are some of the most arrogant I’ve ever seen (is Capt Geko still around?).

I think the breaking point for me was the Voyager expansion, where xp was nerfed into the ground and mob hit points were inflated to infinity and beyond. All while the devs kept telling us it was the best expansion ever and everything was fine. And hey, here’s another few ships where each one costs almost as much as a new game! So just sit in the back seat, be quiet and eat your cheerios! (Dan Stahl literally told players that on the forums)

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Mewmew

There’s a great way to tell them that you’re not happy with a pack, and that’s not to buy it. Getting upset with either that or new content issues or whatever it is and doing DDoS attacks doesn’t usually buy you a lot of sympathy from others (the login server and disconnect issues were reportedly DDoS attacks, at least that is what the consensus seemed to have been from people watching the issue).

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PanagiotisLial1

I dont think its the case but if it is I guess they will be brought to justice. Issues started a bit before pack was revealed(I play STO everyday almost but as much as before) and we also had rubberbanding and disconnections on the first 2-3 weeks of discovery too. Now we got it first few weeks after they released the new episodes and the actual show starts on TV. Both cases came with an influx of people – its easy to see it from the lots more instances created in beta sector. I personally think their server hardware isnt good enough to handle high amounts of people. Even on ViL launch we had a couple rubberbanding days but not as bad and was just 2 days. Hopefully they upgrade it cause it can get annoying

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Roger Melly

Or just stop playing the game altogether .

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Melissa McDonald

They’re probably reading everything they can about Star Citizen’s pixel ship funding and wondering what the hell they did wrong

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PanagiotisLial1

Normally I dont defend them, but even their most expensive packs cant get even close to mid price packs of SC. A ship in STO costs typically 3000 zen, considering a pack of 20 usd gives 2.2k zen that is about 30 usd per ship of Tier 6. Still that isnt cheap considering you got to also buy ships just to unlock traits too.

So its not like you buy your favorite ship and nothing else

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starbuck1771

Welcome to the problem that is Cryptic. Not Atari, Not PWE. Cryptic has been biased against the RSE ( Romulan Star Empire) since the very beginning. I squabled with Jack Emmert during development and testing after they got the rights for the game from Perpetual Entertainment who I was also going to test for that Romulans should have been in at the start.

Jack said they would be in the game within the first year it took them three years to get them in the game. So it doesn’t surprise me that they are still screwing over the Romulan fan base all these years later.

Guess who Emmett works for now! Daybreak Games. LOL

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NeoWolf

The funniest part is that is the DISCOUNTED price lol Until it landed under PWE’s wing prices for ships etc.. in STO were super reasonable, these days.. not so much. Not to mention they use so many cheap and hampering methods to try to force you to buy all ships like console sets and the like..

I let my lifetime stipend add up and then log in once every year or two and buy a discounted bundle but there is no way I would pay those prices normally. A fair price sure.. those prices, nope.

I enjoy STO but there is no integrity there, not anymore.

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McGuffn

I remember those times. I wouldn’t call them reasonable plus they sold you more lower level ships for basically no reason other than greed or insanity.

Also every ship you buy from them should be max level.

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NeoWolf

let me rephrase “compared to how it is NOW it was reasonable” lol

You see people getting irate about a 25$ sparkle pony in wow.. that doesn’t even come close to some of those T6 ships in STO.

I don’t think every ship sold should be max level as that lends into the notion that the game only really exists at end level which i’m definitely not in agreeance with. Plus I like to be able to have a variety of ships as I rank up as i’m sure others do rather than just a single option until i get to max rank.

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semugh

all ships are scaling. Meaning these T6 ships escort you from level 1 to lvl65.
Basically you get a T1, T2, T3, T4, T5 and a T6 per ship.
I know it’s Cryptic logic ™ but we must live with the price hike. From now on to infinity and beyond.

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Tanek

Scaling ships are nice, yes. But if you were to actually get 6 ships out of them, you’d also get 6 admiralty tokens. Here you just get 1. A scaling ship lets you be overpowered at low levels and not worry about changing ships every rank if you don’t want to. But is it worth 3 or 4k zen?

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Ken from Chicago

Reportedly, the overwhelming majority of players are Federation.

Also, $120 for 4 ships?! They have usually sold NINE ships (3 Fed, 3 Kling & 3 Rom for Tac / Sci / Eng).

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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PanagiotisLial1

Except for romulans, they had, excluding free-for-all event ships like winter even, not released a KDF one for 3 months in about. Dominion/Cardassian captains also got forgotten surprisingly fast after ViL. Only ones that were being served were Federation.

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Sun Sunseahl Silverfall

Klingons STILL don’t have a sole C-store klingon T6 carrier they were TEASED WITH for “buying” the “pick a ship wot we designed” Jupiter class years ago under Laughing Trendy.

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PanagiotisLial1

And overall, but isnt C-Store, we only got the Sarcophagus as Klingon ship with 2 hangars

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semugh

romulans have the T6 scimitar which is still the best DPS ship in the game. Ok mabbe it was recently dethroned by the vaadwaur space dildo but that one is a character bound promo ship.
Promo ships are for 5+ years veterans in this game. (Or if you don’t mind spending 300 bucks at a shady RMT site.)
(((((( hah strange that I need to defend cryptic yet I’m their biggest critic lol.))))

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Hippie_John

It’s a simple thing. Vote with your wallet. No one knows why Cryptic all of a sudden with this pack changed parts of the “discount pack” business model they have used at other times. But in all ways, the value of this pack is pathetic. So, vote with your wallet and don’t pay for it. Simple as that. Express your displeasure where they actually notice.

The saddest cash grab part of the whole deal is that probably their best ship designer created a beautiful skin for the walker class of starship, His designs are always so amazing, and they have locked that design behind a $120 Pay Wall.

It’s honestly an insult (in my mind) to both customers and that designer alike.

So yeah, don’t buy it.
They notice when people aren’t buying the new thing.