Star Trek Online Awakening is officially live today, starring Discovery’s Anthony Rapp

    
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Star Trek Online Awakening is formally launching on PC today, with Star Trek Discovery’s Anthony Rapp’s voice and visage at the helm of the patch and its storyline.

“Awakening brings with it a brand new story, starring Anthony Rapp as Commander Paul Stamets, brought to life as a hologram and thrust into the future of 2410. With Stamets at your side, you’ll journey into the Mycelial Network, stopping the threat posed by J’ula and her House Mo’kai raiders,” PWE Executive Producer Andre Emerson writes in today’s dev post.

“But that’s not all – this update also brings with it five new patrols, each their own individual short story starring Stamets and some of STO’s biggest players, like Madran and Captain Kuumaarke. In fact, the threat to the Mycelial Network is bad enough that it’s stretching across the galaxy in a Mycelial Crisis. For the first time, we’re turning all of the new content in a major update into an event for you to play. Every time you play a Patrol, the new Episode, or the new Mycelial Realm TFO, you’ll earn progress across all your accounts towards unlocking the powerful new Elachi Qulash Frigate, complete with your choice of premium Elachi Weapons and Upgrades. Can’t play the whole event? Well we have a buyout option, and it’s prorated for the first time – the more you play, the cheaper the price gets.”

Do note console players will be waiting a bit longer to jump in!

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mysecretid

As the first “episode”, in a continuing story, I did like this one, but I couldn’t help feeling that it suffered from too much plot set-up, and maybe mot enough story of its own.

Sure, Star Trek in all its forms has always had to have characters explaining the science-y bits behind the plot, but there seem to be a lot of characters “screen-`splaining” to the viewer in this first chapter.

Also, they’ve got the talented Anthony Rapp voicing his character, Paul Stamets, from Star Trek: Discovery here, but the writers have also crammed in a new Andorian starship captain; two factions of Elachi; and Captain Kumaarke of the Lukari faction.

I was there to see Rapp play as Stamets, obviously, so sometimes I found myself wishing the other characters in the mix would either shut up and/or go away for a while, so we could get more of the star character of the piece.

Don’t get me wrong — it’s not a bad introductory chapter, but the Star Trek Online developers are typically a little more graceful, and more focused in their story set-ups than they seemed here. Hopefully, the rest of the chapters will run a little smoother in their execution.

My opinions, omly, of course.

As PanaglotisLial notes below, the mycelium realm is very beautifully represented — both lovely and eerie at the same time.

Is it worth playing? Sure, if you’re interested in what they’re offering. I enjoyed myself, for sure. I’m curious to see how the developers handle the subsequent chapters, and where the story takes us.

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48 Pistols

I think the extended plot setup and ‘screen-splaining’ might be down to the fact that a lot of ‘trek fans’ don’t like ST:D and for some bizarre reason are allergic to anything remotely related to it. So the devs have to spend time explaining the TV show plot devices.

Anecdotally i was in game and happened to click on my zone chat tab, a person was complaining about the new (now previous) mission with Lorca. Saying something along the lines of ‘No Starfleet captain would do the things that Lorca would do it’s against everything starfleet stands for blah blah blah’ ‘weapons of mass destruction’ ‘game sucks now’

I said to the player ‘Lorca isn’t Starfleet bro if you’d watched the TV show you’d know what’s going on here. But instead you run your mouth and now look like a clown.’ His reply was ‘I’ll never watch ST:D its not my Star Trek.’

Perhaps it’s these kind of people that have led to STO devs having to baby them through the plots? Because of their stubborn resistance to anything remotely related to ST:D.

Me personally i’m happy for any expansion to the game, and merely pleased that it’s still allowed to exist and hasn’t hit the chopping block like so many MMO’s.

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PanagiotisLial1

I like a lot the visual quality on the mycelium realm

voice acting and general quality is high

storytelling is a bit funny in my eyes(they can make a novel titled Shroomy the God of Creation) but yes its fun

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ratstewcruz

Been gone for several years but this is tempting me to come back. I imagine my sweet blinged-up ship of yore is now considered a junker?

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starbuck1771

Which ship? I am working on T6 for each race and timeline. The Jem’Hadar starts out at T6 because it is meant for advanced players.

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Good question. It was a tier 6, I remember that much, so if T6 is still good maybe I’m not that far behind after all.

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Mewmew

Darn I am playing other games at the moment. They always do such a good job with their stories on STO. Luckily they are really easy to get into and remember where you are the way the game is designed and the journal episode system and such that lets you play and re-play all of the stuff. So I won’t be confused when I go back on to play it.

This should be there still if I don’t get on right away. I know you don’t want to take the games for granted and always want to play the stuff while they exist, but I do feel pretty solid that STO isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Plus I’ll make sure to support it again when I pop back on with a bit of premium purchases, as usual.

I miss a lot of the events for free T6 ships and stuff though because of how I play but that’s on me.

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starbuck1771

It sounds ok but I would prefer more Captain Killy or the Empress.

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Armsman

The only VO from Michelle Yeoh in the game was lifted from the Star Trek: Discovery pilot episode “Battle At The Binary Stars” for the featured TFO of the same name in game.

Michelle Yeoh is quite busy filming ST: D Season 3, plus will be filming the “Crazy Rich Asians” sequel, and will supposedly be headlining a “Section 31” Star Trek series.

Thus, she may not have the time (nor Cryptic the funds) to afford her to do actual VO for the game (but hell, if they could, I’d enjoy it as well.) :)

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starbuck1771

Yeah my issue with the Stamets character was that it was just too bland. I don’t care about the characters sexual orientation because that’s ok but just don’t bore the hell out of me. They could have made the storyline for him so much better. All of the chief engineers throughout the franchise were great up til Stamets.