Star Trek Online’s 11th anniversary update on PC will eliminate faction restrictions on starships

    
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Klingons flying Federation ships? Romulans tooling around in a Section 31 Battlecruiser? What sort of madness is this? It’s Star Trek Online shrugging at the IP’s canon and letting players have fun, or more specifically, it’s the end of factional restrictions on starships that will let characters that play the MMO on PC fly any ol’ ship they want, regardless of their allegiance, with the game’s 11th anniversary update.

Regrettably, this sort of feature isn’t just handed out to everyone: Players must first have a character that reaches level 65 as a member of the Klingon Defense Force and is retroactively provided to accounts that have achieved this milestone when they log in to the game. Species is unimportant, but characters that are merely allies with the Empire do not qualify. For players who would rather not go through that rigmarole, they have the option to purchase this unlock from the Zen Store for the cost of 2,000 Zen, which will be on sale at half-off between January 26th and February 25th.

The announcement does point out that there are a couple of restrictions to this feature, namely that Experimental Weapons will still only be usable on starships that have an Experimental Weapon Slot and ship class restrictions that may exist on certain Hangar Pets will remain in place.

Word on when this feature will be available to console players hasn’t been outlined in the announcement, but for PC players of STO that have met the requisites, their starship options are opening up significantly.

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NeoWolf

This seems to be a pretty firm statement Federation and Klingon factions are unlikely to be at odds with each other again for the foreseeable. So I wonder who the new bad will be going forward?

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I mean, the ship is your ‘avatar’ in this game, and ‘who you rep’ is still a human condition…even though Gene Roddenberry made this great story that called for all entities to come together as one, it’s obvious that wouldn’t likely happen even in this ‘future’.

Personally, I still want my Borg Cube/Tactical cube…but they had some weird philosophy on that game that you have to be ‘Assimilated’ to become Borg, even after the shows quite clearly got past the whole Borg Queen hive mind bit and went to individualized Borg people, and so all you could be is a ‘Former Borg’ but without all the ships/technology the Borg took…like they all stopped functioning at all because they were no longer connected…though if you watch the new Star Trek Picard they even dealt with that thought…for a short bit…

So yeah, I think they are just ruining the whole thing, but it’s essentially creating a different concept of ‘We’re all the same’…in a different way. But I don’t like how that game does most of it/and disregards most of the original message…just to have their way with things/’have fun’. So I haven’t tried going back for awhile…

Especially since monetary means is literally the company running it…and Star Trek was supposed to be PAST where humans cared about stuff like that…

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Mewmew

I don’t feel like my ship is at all my avatar in STO. I very much feel like my Captain is my avatar. I play at least as much on the ground as I do in space, and my ground avatar is normally never changing. My ship, on the other hand, is constantly changing between different ones.

Still, I don’t really like this. I have always enjoyed needing to change factions and characters to be able to use certain ships. It gave me a reason to jump around.

Though I haven’t played MMORPGs hardly at all for the past year, I do plan on returning to most of these eventually when I am able to. Unfortunately, I keep seeing news that sort of bums me out for the games I always played.

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MilitiaMasterV

Honestly, ground combat in that game was pretty atrocious, so I didn’t much care for it. The AI team-mates were pretty much dumb constantly, and the only people that seemed to ‘do well’ in ground combat were engineers who could throw out their turrets/etc, but engineers in space meant tank ship, so you were a big blob that could barely rotate on it’s axis and couldn’t harm anything. It felt awful. So yeah, multiple things about that game turned me off.

Mainly not being able to be Borg. Since I was a hugeeee fan of Star Trek Starfleet Command 3 where you could play as Borg and use a cube and that actually had collision mechanics and since borg ships have insane regen, you could literally just ram them, and the assimilation mechanic on that game used the transporters mechanic which was great too…a borg cube with 1,000 compliment, even after ramming any other ship, still had about 700 left alive, which was more than any other ship had after you’d rammed em…which generally knocked their shields offline too (Or you could target their shields and knock em off) so you could keep beaming em over…and essentially walk away from a battle with most of your crew re-upped…and a new fleet of whatever you’d taken command of following behind you…so you became a one person battle fleet. And that game had a online component, with so many worlds in Hex-grid form, so you’d have to fight over various planets to take control of them, and while you were busy in one area, another person would be taking something you’d taken…and eventually there was clashes between people too..

I miss those glorious days. Even if it’s not what Gene stood for either. :|

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SwordBreaker35

Man I think it´s good idea. I mean even the series it self had they fly different faction ships well mostly becuse they had stole it or had to go undercover and stuff like that or like that episode where they basically had transfer students almost 1 from Klingon and 1 from human. So I mean lore wise it makes a bit of sense.

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Hostagecat

They are also giving away a Free T5 ship today… so if you have an account act quick.

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EmberStar

More specifically, it’s a “100% off” coupon, which can be redeemed for any T5 ship. (Which I’m pretty sure means that the ship will now be an account-wide unlock for all characters, because everyone can fly ships from every faction. O.O )

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Sleepy

Honestly the space around Earth looks like there’s an alien convention on anyway, I doubt I’d notice the odd bird of prey in there.

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EmberStar

I always thought that’s what it was supposed to look like to begin with. They’ve pointed out several times in the shows that Vulcans and Andorians still make their own ships, and other members of the Federation are strongly encouraged to maintain their own governments and cultures. The shows just mostly show Starfleet ships because they’re focused on Starfleet characters. And when there’s a war on, Starfleet is at the front because, as much as they follow an “exploration and discovery above all else” philosophy, they have the biggest fleet and their ships are the most well armed.

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Loopy

I personally don’t like this change, but i also haven’t played the game in a very long time so my opinion isn’t super valid in this context.

I prefer that there is some degree of choice and consequence in games.

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Richard de Leon III

I agree, im hesitant with this change. But considering the storyline, its not too far fetched. I dont want to spoil it anymore than that.

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Sixuality

Nice for those who want the option, but as much as I love the Constitution class my KDF captain will stick with her Bird-of-Prey. The fast, maneuverable, all guns facing the enemy style just feels more Klingon.

Besides I’m not sure the acoustics of one of this big open bridges would be suited to a rousing chorus of Hear! Sons of Kahless.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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EmberStar

You could already do that though? o.O In fact, one of my captains has a first officer that looks almost exactly like that. OnO

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Armsman

This old TOS fan loves any and all TOS memes; but as a point of order Talosians ARE NOT members or allies of the Federation, Klingon or Romulan empires; so there’s no way you’d see any Talosian Commanding and Fed, Kingon, or Romulan ship…
:P ;)

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EmberStar

But how would you know? They’re masters of illusions…

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Hostagecat

You have a great point. How would you know?

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Armsman

Fair point there… ;)

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Hikari Kenzaki

There is one well-known Klingon who Captains a certain well-known ship in canon now (which probably led to this change). It also fits in-game canon (once you’re level 65 KDF) because of the Alliance.

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EmberStar

I just wish they’d follow up by breaking the faction system entirely, and just have a “people who play STO” faction instead of the artificial and arbitrary Redside/blueside wall. It’s actually worse now, because they’ve only *partly* gotten rid of it. You can make cross-faction teams for Task Force missions and some events… and the team instantly self destructs when the mission ends, because don’t you DARE team with that Klingon for story missions!