Star Trek Online’s House Shattered is live on PC as the game heads to the Epic Games Store

    
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Star Trek Online’s House Shattered is live on PC as the game heads to the Epic Games Store
Star Trek Online’s new season is called House Shattered, but it is not in fact about shattering actual houses, as satisfying as that might be. Instead, it’s a continuation of the Year of the Klingon storyline, and it’s live today for PC players just in time for the game’s official launch on the Epic Games Store.

“After the tragic events which unfolded at Khitomer during House Divided, Captains have been labeled as enemies of the Klingon Empire. Players must seek refuge on Nimbus with Klingon captain, Adet’Pa, brought to life by Rekha Sharma from Star Trek: Discovery (Fans may also remember her as Commander Ellen Landry from Rise of Discovery). Also on the run are General Martok (voiced by J.G Hertzler from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and J’Ula, sister of T’Kuvma. The Klingon matriarch’s general, Aakar (voiced by Robert O’Reilly from Star Trek: The Next Generation) has teamed up with J’Mpok to hunt players down with stolen Mycelial weaponry. Without taking sides in a brutal civil war, it’s up to players to end the bloodshed and re-establish peace in the galaxy.”

In addition to the new episode, there’s a new task force operation, a revamp of older Klingon missions, a new event – the Widening Gyre – on the way “in the next month,” and the new ship upgrade tokens.

The console launch for House Shattered isn’t coming until January 12th of next year, so PC players, it’s all you for now.

Source: Press release

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Armsman

Considering it’s an F2P game, what’s the point of it being in ANY online game store (digital or otherwise), when you can download the client directly from the STO/Cryptic website for free?

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Greaterdivinity

Yeah, there are TONS of folks who prefer launchers centralized whenever possible, or may not know who makes the game/where to get it but they’ve got a storefront installed.

It puts your game in front of a huge number of potential new players. It’s why Steam launches for existing MMO’s with their own launchers are pretty big deals, because suddenly that game is now in front of millions of new/lapsed users.

And they’ll get a bigger cut of sales through the EGS vs. Steam, which is a nice perk.

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PanagiotisLial1

For the record I seen screens of the KDF armada members that saw queues. Most was 514 of 600+ for a friend. We have never seen queued login on STO
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edit: it was 58 out of 614

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Greaterdivinity

I imagine the update launch + new storefront caused a fair spike in new/returning players. That’s good news for the game though, the strategy is working!

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PanagiotisLial1

Dont forget they give for limited time too a token that adds a console slot, a trait slot and a device slot to a T6 or T5U ship and many will want it, since free only for now, so my guess is lots returns log just to claim it too

DrJester
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DrJester

It was much worse when they launched it on Steam.

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PanagiotisLial1

Exposure to more people who arent looking actively for a mmo. Steam is full if f2p mmos like that. IF it works? to some extent yes but I think they get only small(in percentage) boosts

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Castagere Shaikura

Because of the massive zen store and sucking in new players to spend money.

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PanagiotisLial1

The episodes are nice so is the slow redesign of older quests, ship skins and first city but they somehow managed to release one klingon ship during year of the klingon(the support carrier pack KDF ship, same pack did have for the other 3 factions too) while they did release a decent number for the Federation, but still mostly in various lockboxes or bigger packs. Sometimes I think the marketing department of this game doesnt respect the hard work the development department places every day

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JonBuck

I stopped playing early this year because of stuff like this.