Star Trek Online showcases a new Mudd’s Market bundle in a livestream

    
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Star Trek Online showcases a new Mudd’s Market bundle in a livestream

The devs of Star Trek Online have added a new item for sale in Mudd’s Market, and they appear to be pretty excited about it, devoting an announcement post and a livstream to the new cash shop item. It’s called Mudd’s Stealing Time Choice Pack, and it grants buyers their choice of three out of six items, which include several account unlock T6 ships, two Zen Store T6 Ship 100% off coupons, 10 Ultimate Tech Upgrades, and a Phoenix Prize Pack epic prize token.

The stream goes on to elaborate on this particular bundle, explaining that this bundle is about bringing up ships that maybe have been forgotten about and making them easier for players to get their hands on. If this particular bundle does well, then additional bundles of this kind may be offered in the future. For the record, this new bundle is priced at 29,500 Zen ($295), but is currently half off until June 4th, costing “only” 14,750 Zen (about $148).

The stream also did pick up a few random questions as well. You can either watch the full embed below or look over this synopsis from Reddit.

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48 Pistols

Okay completely ignoring the price discussions which seem to be pretty much all the comments. I own both the Klein and Verne on my science captain.

The Klein is a hard hitting and durable little ship, a tactical captain could make good use of it in a variety of builds. As a science ship it’s lacking so i meme mines in it. Starship trait sucks.

The Verne is the epitome of a science ship, everything a science career captain could want, speed, durability, good bridge slots. Insane shield modifier. Fun and (i think) useful starship trait? Gives a stacking recharge reduction buff above 88 impulse, so gotta go fast!

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Castagere Shaikura

If you play this game then you have no reason to complain. Everyone knows this game is about making you spend money all the time. You complain then buy the stuff as soon as it comes out. And Cryptic keeps doing this because of you buying the stuff. They keep doing it because it always makes them money no matter what.

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Darthbawl

Pretty massive generalizations there. Short of originally buying this when it came out and the sub (at the time) and a few charity packs, I have not gone whale on this game. So I am not allowed to complain?

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Castagere Shaikura

You haven’t but the majority probably have or they wouldn’t keep doing this. And I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with going whale it’s just that it is a whales game.

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EmberStar

Just because I play the game doesn’t somehow negate my right to call out excessive or predatory monetization when I see it. STO relies heavily on lockboxes, and lockboxes are *designed* to latch onto a lot of the same mental triggers as gambling. The fact that there are F2P devs who have openly *bragged* about having single customers who spend over a *hundred thousand dollars* is not a good thing. It also means that they don’t need a majority of players to be paying at all, if the ones who do pay are spending thousands of dollars.

And asking nearly $150 for an account unlock version of a single ship is (in my opinion) pretty excessive. I usually assume that their store tokens convert more or less at a rate of one Zen per American penny. So 1000 Zen is roughly $10.00 That means that the price to get all three ships from Mudd’s Shop of Scams is nearly what I pay for *rent* each month. And that’s when it’s “on sale.” I compare that to getting things like the Legacy of Romulus bundle, which started out for just around $100 for a *huge* number of ships, costumes, and an account-unlocked bridge officer that could join the crew of every Romulan-faction character you ever make if you wish. No matter how you want to spin it, Mudd’s Market is a bad deal in my opinion.

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LeiHngWei

For everyone balking at the sticker price shock, it’s going to stick around in Mudd’s Market. That means it could get the 75%-85% discount treatment. So save up your Zen for a discount sale and possible future pack with a ship(s) you do want.

BTW, these ships are account-wide unlocked, unlike the original versions where they’re single character only.

No one is making you buy this. Let those that do want to buy this pack do so, and we’ll see if they make a future pack others will buy.

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Knecht_Rootrecht

That does not make the prices okay. To me it looks like Cryptic squeezing their remaining player base harder and harder. Just an example: The Vizier class is currently in Mudd’s Market with a 50% discount. From 14000 Zen to 7000 Zen.

To give a perspective: a lifetime subscription gives you 500 Zen a month. 1000 Zen bought via store costs 9,99$.

Mudd’s Market is not the only thing, every Tier 6 ship costs money, often around 3000 Zen outside of ship sales. If you want a Caitian bridge officer 500.

Oh and there is also the ‘surprise mechanic’ of lockboxes. The game is showering the player with boxes but to open them you need keys which of course cost Zen.

STO has become a complete ripoff, so please spare us the white knighting.

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McGuffn

But opening a lockbox and getting nothing gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment.

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NeoWolf

I like the idea of them making some of the lockbox only ships available for a pack, but sadly this one didn’t have any of the lockbox ships I wanted :( Hopefully they’ll do more packs in the future with greater variety of ship choice.

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EmberStar

I like the idea of them offering the option to purchase the ships as account unlocks. I’m a lot less happy at the price. I would have loved to have gotten the (apparently limited time only) Anniversary pack, which included a couple of lockbox ships as well. I couldn’t get it, because it was so expensive.

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NeoWolf

I don’t disagree, their pricing for most things has been fairly offensive from the time they came under PWE’s umbrella.
I especially dislike their tendency to massively overprice things and then “Discount” them as if that is somehow saving us money, when in reality all it is doing is offering the items at the intended value anyway.
I have a little sympathy for them in so much as they are not a huge studio but as I say thier overpricing is fairly offensive.