Star Trek Online may unveil its game-changing future next weekend

    
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What is next for Star Trek Online? That’s the million credit question this summer, as player captains have been speculating on comments that Lead Designer Al Rivera made back in June that pointed to something rather significant.

“Next year’s story arc, its more then just a story arc, its going to change the face of the game,” Rivera said in that interview. “We are changing something significant in the game as a result of the arc we are telling.”

Now players may well find out, as the Star Trek Online crew will be present at the Star Trek Vegas convention next week. There are a few panels that the developers will participate in as well as a meet-and-greet on Sunday the 4th. One of the panels in particular promises to give an “exclusive first look” at the game’s next update, which could be the start of this game-changing year.

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Dug From The Earth

Only 2 game changing things are things id want to see.

The removal of ALL lootbox and lootbox mechanics

A complete graphic engine upgrade. Not just adding fancy lighting effects.

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Vincent Clark

If they removed the lootbox and lootbox mechanics the game would have to shut down within a week. I mean, I agree with everything you listed, but…

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StooDogg2409

If you think a Star Trek game, one of the biggest sci fi fandoms on the planet is broke, then you are delusional. Lockboxes are not there for need, they are there for greed. That’s how Chinese game cartels operate.

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Vincent Clark

StooDogg…bro…not every person who loves Star Trek plays the game. And I never said the game was broke. I did, however, suggest that a ridiculous amount of revenue comes from the evil lock-boxes and if that revenue were to disappear, things would look grim indeed. Chill, jellybean.

JonBuck
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JonBuck

I entirely blame PWE for the lockboxes.

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MilitiaMasterV

The lootboxes is one reason I haven’t touched it for a long while, and I’m a lifer sub who could come back and spend piles of the coin/get back into it if I wanted to…

Seeing a ship from a movie that was ‘one-of-a-kind’ and that was destroyed in the movie…put in the game as a ‘everyone can have one if you pay money!’ was a total turn-off. I’d be flying around seeing them all over and rolling my eyes.

Plus them turning crafting into ‘wait 18 hours’ was another…I haven’t been back since…left shortly after they created T6 ships or whatever.

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CapnLan

On one hand, I’d love it if something truly new comes along to actually change the face of the game. On the other hand, I don’t put much stock into anything Al “Best Expansion Ever” Rivera says. If anything, he’d change the face of the game for the worse.

I suppose it’s petty of me to still hold Delta Rising against him, but oh well that’s how it is.

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Castagere Shaikura

No is not petty because he’s the guy that insulted his player base a few years ago too.

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Armsman

I honestly feel the same way RE ANYTHING Al Rivera says.

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Hravik

The way the guy has talked about the playerbase in the past, I’m honestly shocked he’s still employed there.

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NeoWolf

All I am certain of is that lockboxes will be involved somehow lol

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Oscar Morejon

Honestly, don’t expect our hope for anything actually new. Expect for more of the same. Id be surprised if they actually added to the games feature set instead of doing the same thing they always do.

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Peregrine Falcon

Oh, are they finally going to add exploration?

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NeoWolf

IN A STAR TREK GAME!!! absurd lol

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Castagere Shaikura

They are going to have more stuff for the whales to buy in the cash shop.

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Armsman

Players expecting some sort of new game mechanic will be sorely disappointed. They’re not changing any of the mechanics of the game they’re changing the backstory a bit to bring it more in line with the upcoming Star Trek Picard series, and that’s it.

He pretty much said that during one of Cryptic’s Wednesday afternoon twitch live streams.

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JonBuck

They’d have to either have some heavy retconning or split the game into its own timeline. I’m actually hoping to see an STO starship or two in Picard.

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Richard de Leon III

Personally I’d be happy with a USS Titan appearance.

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Daniel Reasor

My reading of Star Trek’s many TV and film incarnations is that it has always been about action and adventure, with exploration serving merely as the device that gets the heroes to where they’re needed.

If I were to seriously get my hopes up that a meaningful change is coming, one that follows through on the story thus far and leads to something genuinely different to come, I’d hope for a dissolution of the Starfleet/KDF faction barrier. Treat both sides as one faction for the purposes of things like Fleet membership and teaming up for group instances. One united galaxy.

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partiesplayin

I believe it when I see it, because in the last 6 years it’s been rinse and repete and there have been no gameplay features added. New scenarios, new story missions and lots and lots of more new grind sure and game breaking unbalance. So like I said I’ll believe it when I see it.

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Loopy

Personally, couple of things need to change with the game for me to come back to it:

1. Ground combat is still extremely subpar. This is in part due to the design, but also due to the engine behind it. I honestly don’t see much of this changing.
2. The whole token system. There are so many different currencies for different things, somebody just joining the game would be absolutely overwhelmed. I believe this needs to be streamlined and simplified significantly.
3. Overall theme of the game. Too much emphasis is put on “big baddie from is about to destroy civilization”. That’s not what Star Trek is about and it never was. I know a lot of people pipe up about “mah exploration!”, but we honestly do need something that would steer this game back to what it’s about – exploration, diplomacy, politics, social interactions, etc.