Star Trek Online previews its Legendary Anniversary Pack’s first ship, a Legendary Bird of Prey

    
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The 10th anniversary pack for Star Trek Online gave players access to some legendary ships with new and improved visuals, and the same style of pack is back for the 11th anniversary in the near future. The full pack will contain four legendary ships (two Klingon ships, two Federation ships) along with a variety of other goodies, including a free cross-faction ship unlock. But what matters most are those new ships, and that means revealing the first of the batch as the B’Rel Bird of Prey class.

This updated Bird of Prey comes along with the new legendary skin for the Vo’n’talk class, giving your ship the look of the Klingon ship from Star Trek: Enterprise. It also features pilot maneuvering options and a variety of universal stations for every possible configurations. Check out the stats on the upcoming Bird of Prey as well as the silhouettes of the as-yet unrevealed ships to speculate about what else is being added to the pack ahead of its release.

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Stormwaltz

I said this when they revealed the price of last year’s bundle, and I’ll say it again now: any bundle priced over two digits is a non-starter for me. For that amount, I’d rather get a nice big physical model of one of my core ships from Gameprint.

I’m sure they’ll look great, and probably be OP (for those who chase that). I’ve noticed, though, that with the renewed focus on giant, expensive bundles and lockbox-exclusive ships, I’ve gone from owning every ship on release to getting one or two a year.

I’ll happily pay $20 for one ship, but I can’t set aside $200-300 for a bundle. That’s too much to work into my monthly budget.

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Hostagecat

The amount of anger this has unleashed on Reddit is amazing. People act like Cryptic has shot their dog. You have some same people trying to debate the value but they are getting shouted down. You have have a lot of posts on how much of riff off this is, and to be honest compared to the last huge bundle they put out it sure seems like it the majority of the people posting.

Again i am so glad this site doesn’t have that kind of poster. It kind of bothers me game companies overvalue there sales. However i also am not going to tell somebody that they are an idiot for buying this bundle. Compared to Star Citizen this is cheap!!!!!

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NeoWolf

It gets rage largely because they have a constant slew of lockbox only ship releases, and overpriced bundle releases but very few direct to zen store ship releases in comparison and very little actual content, which is pretty much few and far between (1 or 2 episodes every new major update..its not a lot by any regard). They are also REALLY bad at fixing bugs, many of which are still in from launch as well as a number from each update.. it grinds on people because there is so much to love about the game and its I.P.

So it is understandable but also largely falling on deaf ears, Cryptic have heard the complaints for years and have never done anything any differently, they are unlikely to start now.

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EmberStar

There’s also the part where they’ve had several, nearly year long events to earn “Free T6 ship tokens,” and yet they’ve released very, very few new ships that are even eligible. One of their most recent “cool tricks” is including a non-ship item (like master keys or a Fleet Module) so that they can say “Oh, but it’s not just a ship! So the token isn’t valid, because the token is only for a ship.”

And their upcoming year-long event is to earn a single lockbox ship unlock… that you can claim on a single character. Not as an account unlock, but exactly like if you won it from a lockbox (except it almost certainly won’t be possible to trade it or sell it on the Exchange.)

There’s also the fact that this isn’t even a pure KDF bundle. Starfleet already has the Anniversary bundle (ten ships) and the Discovery Bundle, and Romulans at least got the option of a single ship at a far lower price. But instead of a selection of classic KDF ships like the famous D7 cruiser or any from TNG, Klingons get TWO ships out of four, both apparently Birds of Prey variants. And have to pay extra for the Starfleet ships.

Even compared to the other overpriced Legendary bundles, this isn’t a good deal.

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Peregrine Falcon

25,000 Zen? So Perfect World is selling a bundle of 4 ships for US$250??

For that price they’d better be some Tier-7 P2W powerhouses!

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Din Djarin

Cryptic are still shying away from advancing to Tier 7. Not long ago, they introduced an upgrade item for Tier 6’s effectively becoming this tier’s “Tier 5 U”, or Tier 6.5.

The Tier system has been flawed from the start, and Cryptic has shown no ability to fix the problems. Some of the newer ships have been “scalable” as you level up, but really ALL ships need to be made scalable, and allow players to fly whatever ship they want to fly, regardless if they got it at Level 10 or Level 60.

To take a canon example, Captain Picard’s old ship the Stargazer. While the Enterprise-D was “far superior” in every way, he still missed his old ship. Similarly, Admiral Riker in an alternate future still held onto the original (now refitted) Galaxy class Enterprise-D (commonly referred to as a Galaxy-X)

At this point, I think Cryptic have largely run out of ideas. The most recent update effectively eliminated the barrier between factions when it comes to ships, allowing any FED, KDF, ROM or Dominion player to fly any ship from any other faction. While there is canon support for this, usually it was only done on a “temporary” basis. A commandeered Jem’Hadar Fighter, a temporary transfer to a Klingon ship etc.

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As an aside with regard to the T5-U’s they can now be upgraded to T5-X via the new Experimental Ship upgrade tokens, effectively allowing them to be upgraded a second time.

Hero ships are effectively T-7’s by any other name as they are better than T-6’s and more or less comparable with fleet versions.

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Hostagecat

I think they have been paying attention to the Star Citzen 1000.00 dollar ships.

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Hostagecat

Yeah the guy has it right, they have plenty of time to make this better. However i doubt they have the will.

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Din Djarin

No will, and no ability.

Cryptic have shown time and time again, they’re real concern is the $$$ from the whales who fund this game through their gambling lockboxes, R&D Promo events and other money schemes. Sorry, but 250 $ for a 4 or 10 ship bundle is ludicrous at best. Even for the 10 ship bundle that FEDs got, most of them were completely uninteresting. And their refusal to allow the ships to be sold separately.

If they would lower the cost of their ridiculously overcharged ships in the C-Store from 2500/3000 Zen to a more manageable 1000/1500 Zen, to justify them being “micro” transactions, they’d likely pick up a hell of a lot more sold vs having the high cost, for a select few buyers who happen to have too much money in their pockets.

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Armsman

I play the game and I’m not a big KDF faction fan, but yeah I definitely agree with the reply. The so-called anniversary ship pack for this year is very lackluster and really not worth the money even with the 25% off discount.

Cryptic really dropped the ball with this one.

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Hostagecat

Price is awfully high for only 4 legendary ships. The last bundle was great cause it was 10 ships plus bonus items. Ill have to see what the rest of ships are, but its definitely not looking like a buy for me.

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Hikari Kenzaki

The silhouettes are either intentionally misleading or they will be attached to wildly different looking ships. This would make sense, considering the Vo’n’talk looks more like a Raptor than a BoP.

The image looks like two Bird of Prey variants and two Odysseys. Now, they could certainly make Picard’s Odyssey-class ship from the comics. There aren’t many canon Odyssey variants out there to attach a random skin to.

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Armsman

Earlier this morning someone posted a shot from the STO launcher that showed all four of the ships:
1 Klingon Brell Bird of Orey.
2 Klingon Vor Cha Battle Cruiser
3 Ambassador Class Heavy Cruiser
4 Excelsior class Cruiser
^^^
Those are the four legendary ships that will be included in STOs 11 th year anniversary pack.

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EmberStar

It seems crazy overpriced, even with the discount. Especially since (if you don'[t have a massive pile of Dilihtium to trade or a huge pile of the monthly allowance from Lifetime) the smallest bundle that would cover the full cost is still the $200 one.

Oh well. I couldn’t afford the bundle last year, I can’t afford it this year. (Since I’d be literally choosing between this and “keeping my apartment for an additional month.”) So since I’m not a paying customer for this, I’m pretty sure Cryptic doesn’t even slightly care what I think.

Din Djarin
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Din Djarin

Pretty sure those 4 ships are pretty much confirmed to be legit. They’ve since removed that particular image from the launcher, to hide the fact that it is these ships.

Not long ago there was a Reddit post on /r/sto showing a leaked new variant of an Excelsior Class, which goes hand in hand with now announced Legendary B’Rel Class Bird of Prey.

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port13

so that’s $250 USD? You could buy a share of gamestop with that money