Cryptic promise the likes of the Talaxians, Ocampa, Kazon, Malon, The Hierarchy, and Automated Personal Units will all be appearing.
There will also be the obligatory new ships, plus a certain Intrepid class vessel will be playing its part.
Voyager cast members are set to reprise their roles; Tim Russ will be returning as Tuvok again, joined by Garrat Wang, aka Harry Kim, and other, as yet unannounced, familiar voices. Cryptic announced all this at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention, and TrekMovie posted further details and images. Here's the Cryptic team talking about the expansion at the convention:
Continue after the jump for more from Star Trek Online, including the return of the Xindi, and some snazzy new uniforms.
latest lock box is Xindi themed. Here's STO's explanation of what the Xinidi have been up to since the 22nd century:
Within the timeline of Star Trek Online, the Xindi species joined the United Federation of Planets long ago. Even then, they preferred to remain isolated within the Delphic Expanse. The Xindi’s tumultuous past as puppets of a powerful extra-dimensional force gives them a historical context for the type of danger the Iconian threat represents. They have not forgotten how the Sphere Builders manipulated their species, and they will not allow other species to fall prey to such deception again.Top prize from the lock box is a Xindi-Aquatic ship, the Narcine dreadnought carrier, which comes with two contingents of Mobulai frigates.
In the context of Star Trek Online, we are portraying the Xindi species as a highly intelligent and experimental species, still capable of fantastic feats of science and engineering such as those that led to the creation of their infamous “Super Weapon” in the 22nd century. By opening a Xindi Lock Box, players will find the opportunity to benefit from the experimental technology of the ingenious Xindi. Their affinity for Research and Development also goes well with the release of our newly-revamped R and D System.
While available from the Lobi Crystal Store is the Xindi-Reptilian Contortrix escort, which can deploy a Xindi Weapon Platform (like the prototype planet destroying weapon).
Other goodies include Xindi crew-members, weapons, and uniforms. For full details have a look at Cryptic's post about the lock box, and specs of the ships.
Here's STO's Thomas Marrone on the influences that formed the new design (from Crytic's announcement):
Based on the 2409 Starfleet Academy uniform, the Odyssey uniform was designed to be more in line with the styling of the uniforms seen in The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. It features clean lines and a relatively simple pattern. Gray shoulders hearken back to DS9 and Voyager while the bold stripe across the chest pays homage to the alternate future uniforms seen in TNG’s “All Good Things” and VOY’s “Endgame”. With all this in mind it was the perfect fit to give Starfleet characters in Star Trek Online a fashion update and unify the look of the Federation’s forces.The formal variant of the uniform seems to draw more from the TOS movie era uniforms as well, and as you can see below, while the new uniforms are consistent in many ways, there are still lots of different versions:
You can get more information on each of the variations on the STO Starfleet uniform code.