Thursday 31 January 2013

Tasha Yar returns to celebrate Star Trek Online's third birthday

Star Trek Online is about to celebrate it's third birthday, and to mark the occasion they have a new feature episode, Temporal Ambassador; with the Tholian's time travel tampering somehow involving the Enterprise-C and the return of Tasha Yar, voiced by Denise Crosby. PC Gamer have released this trailer:

As you might have noticed the trailer ended with a tease of something Romulan in the works. Could this be the long discussed launch of the Romulans as a third playable faction? The URL given there doesn't appear to be active yet. UPDATE: The site is now up, but just shows the logo for now, the mystery continues!

PC Gamer also posted this infographic about STO's milestones, with such bewildering statistics as there being more than two million captains now playing the game, and some four billion tribbles floating about in the online-verse!

The third anniversary also sees the release of two new ship classes for the game, the Ambassador class for the Federation, and the Kamarag class battle cruiser for the Klingons. Both are to be available with systems that reflect their relatively dated origins in the game's timeline, as well as retrofitted versions upgraded to 25th century tech-levels. The Star Trek Online blog posted these images and descriptions:

The U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) was the most famous Ambassador class starship ever commissioned by Starfleet. It was destroyed in battle in 2344 while protecting the Klingon colony on Narendra III from a Romulan attack, and all hands were presumed to be killed in action. This valorous sacrifice bought the Federation several decades of peace with the Klingon Empire.

Ambassador class vessels were later used in the Battle of Wolf 359 and throughout the Dominion War.
The Kamarag class was first designed in the mid-24th century, but only a few prototype vessels were built. After problems were found in the ship's power transfer systems, the design was shelved. Empire engineers later created the mighty Vor'cha battle cruiser.

Now that the Klingon Empire and its allies are looking for new ships, a team at the Ty'Gokor shipyards has revisited the Kamarag class. Its power problems were easily solved by modern EPS systems, and the Kamarag was reimagined as a mid-sized vessel that can be tougher than a Bird-of-Prey but more maneuverable than a Battle Cruiser.

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