We had a chance to sit down and talk with the game’s executive producer, Stephen Ricossa, about the expansion launching today and what it means for the game. And it turns out that the best way to talk about the game really does involve time travel — because it involves a plan two years in the making that stretches through the game’s past several plotlines.
The sci-fi title will release simultaneously on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Cryptic has enjoyed significant success with Neverwinter’s transition to the console world, so it makes sense to bring Star Trek Online along for the ride. The studio said that to make this happen, it’s had to streamline the HUD and rewrite the UI (think “radial menus”) to work with controllers. Other changes coming for all versions, including the PC, are lighting improvements and better episodic flow and player progression.
“We invested heavily in our engine and added several modern lighting technologies that significantly improved the visual quality of the game,” said Executive Producer Stephen Ricossa. “These technologies, and the skilled artists that bring them to bear, create an experience that is not only more immersive, but simply put, more beautiful.”
You can watch the console announcement trailer after the break!
The post doesn’t specify when the final episode — titled Iconian War: Midnight — will be released.
Ricossa introduced himself as a life-long Star Trek fan and teased one big upcoming change to the game: Sector walls will be coming down in Season 10, leaving a single map per quadrant instead of several segmented ones.
In other STO news, the team unveiled its work on Tier 6 command battlecruisers that will be coming “soon” to the game store. These battlecruisers will not only have a commander engineering/command hybrid specialist bridge officer seat but access to a new inspiration mechanic. An inspiration meter is filled by using bridge officer abilities, and once it’s full, captains can activate one of three powerful abilities for their entire group.[Source: A change in command, Tier 6 command ships]