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A venir : les "Special Task Forces" : des missions 2-3 fois plus longues que des missions "standards", 2 mini boss, 1 boss, pour des groupes de 5 joueurs, faisable par la Fédération ou les Klingons, de nouvelles STF toutes les 2-3 semaines
Les premieres STF : Les Infectés et Le Remède
Et prochain gros patch : pleins de trucs pour les Klingons et la re-spécialisation des compétences
The Future of Star Trek Online
What's on the horizon for Cryptic's latest MMO?
by Nick Kolan
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US, February 23, 2010 - Last week we posted our review of Star Trek Online. If you haven't read it, the skinny is that the game is "okay" but not "good". Luckily, Star Trek Online is a massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game, which means it basically goes without saying that there will be ongoing improvements and additions. We got a chance to talk to Cryptic Studios about their plans to add to (and improve) their game.
In the next couple weeks, Cryptic will begin rolling out its "Special Task Force" episodes. These are basically missions built for groups of five high-level players. Both the Federation and the Klingon factions will be able to complete these, and Cryptic plans to release a new one every two-to-three weeks. Currently, there are five of these episodes in development.
"The Infected is the first of our Special Task Forces," says Craig Zinkievich, Executive Producer at Cryptic Studios. "Going down with four other captains is pretty much a necessity". The Infected begins the story arc that will continue through to the next two STF episodes, and end on the fourth. It is centered on the threat that the Borg pose to the galaxy. In this first mission, Starfleet has lost all contact with a starbase that housed some 400 officers; it is your job to find out why. The first part has players shutting down a transwarp conduit that the Borg is using as a means of entering and establishing a sizable presence in the system. After discovering that they are using a new nanovirus to assimilate planets at a terrifying speed, you have to take back Starbase 89 and eliminate the Borg that infest it. Ultimately, your goal is to rescue a scientist that ventured deep into the infected portions of the starbase with the hope of testing a cure for the virus.
They do not look healthy.
It is expected that The Infected will be noticeably more difficult for Star Trek Online players, since almost everything else in the game can be done solo. In fact, not just any random group of people is expected to be able to blast their way though the episode – proper group make-up is going to be important. "We are building it so that you do need some semblance of a balanced group. It is meant to be a challenging cooperative experience". Zinkievich estimates that, while the times will vary, most groups will take about an hour and a half to complete this first Special Task Force episode. "The first time, it took us a couple hours, because we just died a bunch".
This is about two or three times the length of the standard episode and, unlike most of the current content, will contain two mini-bosses as well as a full-fledged boss encounter. This is most excellent news, as one of our main criticisms when we reviewed Star Trek Online was the lack of memorable encounters. Like many of the episodes, The Infected and subsequent STFs will alternate between ground and space, with encounters in both styles.
In the second STF episode, called The Cure, players assist the Klingon forces in rescuing one of the Klingon planets from the Borg's sweeping assimilation. The Klingons then help players repel further Borg attacks in space. The third episode, The Khitomer Accord, revisits the plotline that began when you first began Star Trek Online (it involves time travel!), while the fourth, Into the Hive, wraps up this story arc and culminates in a battle with the Borg Queen herself. Expect loot unique to each STF, and a definite progression to the STFs, meaning you can't just hop into The Khitomer Accord without doing The Infection and The Cure. Even STFs that aren't a part of this particular Borg story arc will likely require players to "gear up" to have any real chance at victory.
Cubes are the most evil shape known to man.
Sometime next month, Cryptic also plans to release its first major update to the broader Star Trek Online. It plans to address many of the aspects of the game that players and critics alike found lacking. "In update one, the Klingons get fully customisable ships, they get a new battle cruiser in a lower tier, they get star-cluster exploration missions, though instead of curing diseases, they go out and do Klingon-y things". The update doesn't address the lack of story or direction for the Klingons, but it's a start. When asked about the lack of quests for the Federation in later levels, Craig Zinkievich agreed, "there's room to add content everywhere". Nothing specific was mentioned, though.
"In update one we're looking at adding and fixing those skills that peter out, as well as offering a pretty inexpensive [skill respecialization] within the game". The respec can be paid for a few ways, likely including a trip to Cryptic's C Store, but I was assured that an in-game method would be quite accessible. Also on the horizon are new player-versus-player maps, new fleet actions, and further additions to the C Store – specifically, new races.
Star Trek Online had a particularly inauspicious start, and I got the feeling that the team at Cryptic knew, and possibly even expected, a lukewarm reception. I also got the feeling that they intend to do everything they can to fix what doesn't work about their game, and build on what does. One thing was certain – they were excited for the future of their game. Are you?
Nous allons là où nul autre n'ose s'aventurer ! Nous nous tenons sur le pont et nul ne passe !