Star Trek Online elects to sell new hero variant ships in a bundle and not individually

    
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Star Trek Online elects to sell new hero variant ships in a bundle and not individually

The ongoing 10th anniversary of Star Trek Online has not been without some player grumbling controversies. First, it was the end of the Omega materials trade in the Omega Event, and now it’s the decision to sell heroic starship variants in a bundle. And only a bundle. Not individually.

The bundle in question offers up 10 ships from the history of Star Trek, each with unique stats and skins as well as the original costumes, costumes, and traits of their original releases. There are two bundles on offer, with a standard edition for 30,000 Zen and a premium edition that adds in Master Keys, Infinity R&D Packs, 10,000 Dilithium Ore, and a bunch of other materials and goodies for 45,000 Zen.

The issue, as alluded to in the lede, is that Cryptic has elected to buck the trend of selling these variant ships individually on the store and stuff them into this bundle exclusively. At least, for now: Community manager Ambassador Kael said during a developr livestream that the devs “have plans for the future,” but don’t have a solid timeline for whatever those plans may be. “I wouldn’t wait, because the bundle’s only going to be available for a limited time,” said Kael in the stream “If you want these ships, I don’t think you should wait for a mythical time when they’re all going to be available one at a time.”

And then he counted down to when his statement would be on Reddit. The man knows.

sources: official site, Twitch via Reddit, cheers Panagiotis and CapnLan!

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Natalyia

If you want all of the ships in the set, it’s not a bad deal – if there’s any you don’t want to fly around regularly, then it becomes increasingly less-attractive.

But the larger issue is that price-point is more than most people want to (or should) spend on internet spaceships. If that’s in your hobby budget then cool, but it seems to me that they ought to have had smaller bundles and solo options, with the price-per-ship going up as the number-of-ships went down.

It’s just not a good look that the only way to get some of those iconic ships from the store account-wide is in something that spendy. Most people don’t want *all* of them. Nothing wrong with offering the mega-pack at a discount, but alternatives would have felt a lot less like they were gouging their customers.

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NeoWolf

If they sell them individually at some point I may pick up one or two, but I don’t see them doing that ANY time soon.

Pricing as always is ridiculous but then since they became a PWE asset when has it not been…

I am fairly uncomfortable at the the notion of “hero” ships however as it does imply a new tier of ships, which on the back of the annoucenment that some previously lobi only ships will be available for purchase with zen does further lend to the feel that T6 ships are about to become unimportant anymore like T5’s (and T5-U’s) did when they started with T6’s… and how many people still use a T5 or T5-U? It reeks of another pending power creep :(

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Richard de Leon III

I flew some T5us for a while, particularly the dyson destroyers. But you have a point. If t7 ships comes out, which i think is an eventuality, people will riot unless t6Us are close enough in power and not too costly to upgrade.

Cryptic may be able to mitigate the backlash if they continue to balance content around t5 ships like right now for story-mode missions. Maybe balance hardmode around t6 then elite on t7s.

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Richard de Leon III

OK, they just posted 2 more ships, the 2280 nx01 looks great :)

Sovereign skin is….meh

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memitim

The ridiculous price I expected, only one of the ships being any good I did not.

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Armsman

The one unique thing about this pack is that it’s the first time they’re including account wide ships that would only be available via a lockbox a promo pack, or their lobi currency.

The fact this pack contains account wide lock box etc. ships is the reason you’ll probably never see these ships bundled separately on their C-Store. The player either plays a crap load of money up front or they go the lockbox root of buying a few keys at a time, and hoping they get lucky.

Personally I think it sucks.

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Mewmew

Definitely wait for that “mythical” time where the ships are sold individually. Don’t fall for that crap. Or hey, don’t buy them at all if they’re going to be stinkers like that about it.

The Devs probably do have a fairly specific timeline in mind for what the future plans for the ships are too, just if they talk about it people will wait to buy them individually later on instead of spending a bunch of money on the bundles now.

As a big time Cryptic defender, this kind of thing really ticks me off and makes me look bad too for always talking about how they do their F2P stuff better than others.

The standard pack is $300 and the other pack is $450, that’s not small change. I’m just frustrated here by the whole manipulative way they’re trying to fear people into buying these huge packs or miss out on the ships. Cryptic making me eat my words for always defending them and talking them up. Sigh.

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Richard de Leon III

IMHO, the connie ships will prolly be the main ones that will never be sold individually considering cryptics history with them. If i was a betting man, if they did make these ships available later on, itll be in lockboxes which is maddening since they wont be account bound by then.

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Stormwaltz

This one’s too rich for me, I’m afraid. :/ If I had that amount of money to drop on one STO-related thing, I’d get a big 3D print of my flagship.

Player since beta, lifetime sub, etc.

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Castagere Shaikura

I get so sick and tired of people just blaming PWE/Craptic for this stuff. As much as I can’t stand the company the whales in STO are the reason they do this. They will sell these bundles just like everything else. The company wouldn’t do this if they know it wouldn’t sell. STO is a game for whales. They see how much money SC makes selling ships so why not them. Stop blaming just the companies running MMO’s for doing this stuff. In STO it’s all about being on top and nothing else matters.

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rayraycharlie

I somewhat agree, except for the whole SC comparison. STO sells your fantasy of the Star Trek universe, while I don’t know what SC is selling; space god status???? who knows. (btw I’m just a lowly peasant in SC as a $35 backer).

STO has a lot of problems but we are still getting new content and I’m afraid that without the whales, we would be looking at maintenance mode.

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McGuffn

12 dollars here, I think. It’s been a while. Still haven’t gotten my money’s worth.

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Down_To_My_Last_Fudge

Ain’t this just in line with the current politics of the day? You are blaming the CUSTOMER for the Corporation trying to rip you off. There would be no whales if they weren’t cultivated. The corporations is selling you a picture for a pretty hefty amount of money but you blame the customer.

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Castagere Shaikura

I’m blaming both for this. You want to say its Politics then I would say your the problem. You can twist it any way you want. It’s still all BS.

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rayraycharlie

I’m a harcore casual player of STO, been playing since beta…blah, blah blah…. Anyway, I have spent a lot of money on this game through the years and I like collecting ships and skills but really only “fly” about 3 ships per character (4-5 “main” characters), with my most developed characters being Klingons. So 10 ships would be just a waste of money. I’m glad these ships are coming to the game but my bigger concern is that this is the beginning of a new power creep.

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PanagiotisLial1

Same for me I got only one Fed toon, a TOS Human Eng and all my rest are KDF and KDF-Alligned

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cursedseishi

… And this is why nobody trusts either Cryptic or Perfect World here. Base price is $3-450 for–and as only a casual Star Trek fan speaking here–garbage. These could be amazing ships with a vast trek record in the shows and the like, but this is them literally saying each individual ship would be closer towards the cost of a full game (because bundles should be cheaper than individual buys).

… The pricing is garbage. I should have specified that, not exactly the ships… Those might be trash too, I don’t know… I’m sure at least one of those 10 ships have a guarantee in their warranty for 100% error-free Holodecks, that might be worth it then…

But seriously, and in all seriousness…? This is absurdity, I’d expect this from a parody joking about the cash shop… Because they are literally pricing it at a range that competes with a LIFETIME sub at its cheapest. And if I was going to drop this kind of cash on something…?

Yeah. Lifetime sub. No question. Heck, with the cost of their ‘preeemiuuuuum’ package, I could get two lifetime subscriptions…

Or an Xbox One and like… a year of Game Pass for it and PC and Gold… I could get a year’s worth of any Xbox game to play on the highest-end Xbox with that cost…

…. I can’t wait for the dumpster fire that Magic will inevitably be driven into for its cash shop…

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Richard de Leon III

While I agree overall, the other option is prolly worse :(.

Either they put it in a lock box and it takes 100 bux on average to get one ship that isnt account bound, or sell it for 700 lobi which prolly takes 200+ bux to get and its still not account bound.

At least in this bundle, they will be account unlocked. And since ships normally run 30 bux each in the Cstore, the 195 discounted rate is reasonable assuming you wanted all the ships.

And frankly, they have to make money. No one wants to pay monthly anymore and even the lifetime sub only gives them equivalent money for 2 to 3 years of subs. They have to keep the cash shop going to keep the content coming. If they werent releasing new episodes regularly I would be wielding a pitchfork too, but they have been decent for years imho. And they give free t6 ships during the summer winter and anniversary events, thats 3 ships or 90 bux equivalent for free, very generous imho.