Star Trek Online previews its new anniversary ship, the hybrid Khitomer Alliance Battlecruiser

    
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The newest anniversary ship for Star Trek Online is not a Klingon ship. It is also not a Federation ship. It is, instead, the first hybrid design between the KDF and the UFP, the Khitomer Alliance Battlecruiser. And if you are instantly struck by the fact that it looks different from every other ship in the game while also bearing callbacks to its two sources… well, yeah, that’s kind of the point. It’s a ship for both factions bearing the marks of both.

Players of any level will be able to start flying the ship by completing the anniversary event starting on January 28th, with the ship available to all characters on your account once it has been unlocked. The ship is a battlecruiser, meaning that it’s faster than the more tanky cruisers but also more durable than escorts, complete with built-in defensive systems and a ship trait to restore shields upon destroying an enemy. Whichever faction your character belongs to, this new option should make a statement about your overall affiliation once it becomes available on the 28th for PC players.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Panagiotis for the tip!

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Loopy

I’m digging the design. Hopefully getting it won’t be a huge grind.

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Armsman

Most likely a 14 or 21 day “Daily Event” we’ll need to do.

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McGuffn

Someone’s excluding the Romulans.

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JonBuck

I haven’t played STO much lately, but I will return so I can get this ship.

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Richard de Leon III

I’d pay money for that ship, im glad itll be the 10th anniversary ship :)

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NeoWolf

Its a cool looking ship,

But the Trekkie in me is aghast the Federation producing warships!!! Roddenberry would turn in his grave, that’s not what the Federation is about or represents.

lol

Just a game, just a game, just a game… :)

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EmberStar

Didn’t that ship already sail (so to speak) clear back during Deep Space Nine when Starfleet created the Defiant? I seem to remember it wasn’t much more than a warp core with guns strapped to it, and just enough space for the crew to move around and get to the important bits when something got shot up. And then they jammed in a cloaking device.

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NeoWolf

Well there are some significant differences.

The Federation has built purpose-built warships before in order to deal with looming threats like the borg (such as the Akira class for example) and mostly in response to their normal ships of the line getting utterly destroyed against such threats (wolf 359 anyone.. lol) but those aren’t typically mass-produced and in general circulation and use ordinarily, but rather only used to deal with the threat.

Exploration and Science vessels have always made up the majority of the federations fleet because that has always been the driving aim of the Federation, exploration and discovery, not combat. Oddly ships bristling with weapons do not give off much of a diplomatic vibe when it comes to handling First Contacts :)

Also the “defiant” (the ship not the class) which was conceptualised to deal with the Borg threat originally was still an utterly unique and one of a kind prototype (and a flawed one at that due to its overpowered engines which got the design mothballed) it was only with the new Dominion threat that it got produced at all.

And all Defiants did not have cloaking devices only THE defiant class named “The Defiant” did, that wasn’t a standard feature of the defiant class at all (like pulsed phasers, strong deflectors and ablative armour was) and was added only to deal with the dominion on that ONE ship, and even then only thanks to a diplomatic arrangement with the Romulan Empire that required a Romulan be on staff and onboard to handle it exclusively so as to prevent the Federation from breaking the Treat of Algeron and even then the Defiant still got destroyed.

All of which makes it different to this Khitomer Alliance BATTLEcruiser which is built to honor the Fed-klink alliance and IS a warship by design. Making it one of the first true ships of the line that is specifically designed purely for combat the Federation has.

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Montjoy Onew

I think you missed the fact that it is not a Federation ship.
It isn’t being used in or by the Fed or KDF.
It is an alliance ship built by and with tech from all of the members of the alliance for use by the alliance.

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NeoWolf

Technically true I suppose at least in part.

The Khitomer Alliance is the name of the newly reforged Khitomer Accords first signed between the Federation and the Klingon Empire at the end of the sixth movie when Praxis exploded. The Feds and Klinks went to war again in STO timeline and eventually made peace again along with the newly reformed Romulan Republic after the struggles of the Iconian War and whose aim it is to promote peace between them while utilising personnel and technology for mutual DEFENCE..

As an alliance ship it would be produced and used by all members of the alliance, which includes the FEDERATION so yes the federation now makes warships as I said albeit for use in the AFS branch ;)

The AFS is a separate navy that can draw volunteers from all existing navies but it isn’t independent of those factions it is a unified naval fleet between all three a dedicated defence fleet.

Read more here (if your interested)
https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/11351123-the-khitomer-alliance-launches-new-joint-service

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NeoWolf

I should caveat that by noting that STO isn’t canon per se, so its likely moot anyway lol

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Richard de Leon III

For a good long while, it was as canon as it could be since CBS refused to continue past DS9. They kept making prequels with ENT and DSC. Even with Picard and DSC’s time jump to the future, for many Cryptic’s timeline is more in line with how the audience believes Star Trek shouldve continued.

If you really look at the episodes, especially the early ones that wove in lore from the series, it flowed brilliantly up to the iconian war. Part of me still considers those STO seasons canon over what Picard might show.

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NeoWolf

Yeah some things have been canon (some ships designs etc.) but not all of it by any stretch.

The Iconian War certainly isn’t as far as I am aware, which is a shame as that is one of my favourite story arcs.

I guess they are a bit Reticent to allow them to canonize any story stuff with them being set in the future in case it compromises or limits any future TV endeavors set in that time period.

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Hikari Kenzaki

That required Romulan disappeared real quick. She may still be stored in the aft cargo hold.

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NeoWolf

lol very true, it probably didn’t occur to them that once they explained her necessity they then had to pay an actor to fill the role and figured they’d just disappear her after the explanation and leave people to assume she was still there… somewhere :)

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Hikari Kenzaki

Yeah, I always assumed that’s what happened as well, but I mean… it’s not a big ship.

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Castagere Shaikura

STO is not canon. Canon died with Gene Roddenberry.

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NeoWolf

I don’t entirely disagree with the sentiment, but the reality is Canon lives with CBS..

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PanagiotisLial1

Its a Qib with a Federation saucer, federation paint scheme, federation color on light sources like nascelle lights and according to Thomas Marrone it will show name both on klingon language and on english

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Armsman

It looks like a A Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Klingon D7 mated to a 24th century Federation Primary Hull: