Starting April 18th and running for three weeks, PC Star Trek Online captains can take part in Operation Riposte, “the first major Federation offensive of the Klingon-Federation War of 2256-57”. During the event, players level 10 and above can earn a TFO Commendation every 20 hours and will allow players to “earn progress toward a free ship by participating each day in the featured TFO Events” that will run from now through the fall.
The Foundry System in Star Trek Online and Neverwinter was a way for players to create and share adventures with their fellow community members since both games debuted. However, as of today, The Foundry has gone dark in both games. Cryptic Studios posted a brief notice and farewell on the STO Facebook page.
A new blog post has arrived on the Star Trek Online site to give players a heads up about some big changes coming to character creation. UI Designer Jo Gianulis writes that, at the start, STO character creation was simple and worked well but that, over time, it became “bloated and overwhelming” due to the addition of new species and factions. The process began to “clean up the UI and cut down on the visual clutter”.
Sad news for content creators, Cryptic Studios has announced that it is retiring the Foundry system for both Neverwinter and Star Trek Online. The announced closure of the Foundries will occur on April 11, 2019. “This decision was not made lightly; the Foundry was a passion project for many of us.” the blog reads. The cited reason for the closure is that “the legacy knowledge required to maintain the Foundry at our quality standards is no longer available”.
Star Trek Online captains have a lot to look forward to with a pair of announcements from the development team. First off the bat, PC players will be able to take part in a new Featured Task Force Operation called Pahvo Dissension starting today. Next, console captains can look forward to the Mirror of Discovery launch on March 5th.
Star Trek Online players on PC can now check out the new content offered in Mirror of Discovery, an action-packed chapter that will see players meet the dreaded Terran Empire Captain Tilly. New content includes two featured episodes, Para Pacem and Illusion of Communication. In addition, there are a number of ninth anniversary events to take part in, the ability to check out the new Personal Endeavor System and take part in the Battle at the Binary Stars event.
When Star Trek Online is patch with the Mirror of Discovery content expansion, they will also find a number of significant updates to character art in the game. A new developer interview has been published on the game’s site with FX Artist Robert Quinn where he speaks of the changes players can expect, including updated hairstyles to provide a more uniform look across all platforms and that yield better performance.
The Star Trek Online team has shared a post from an individual named Nick Gasper who wrote about his father’s and his love of the Star Trek franchise. The “rant” (according to the writer) begins with how much his dad loved Star Trek and raised his son to believe the same. “Sit down, this is important,” Nick’s dad would say. By sharing those moments through the years of their lives together, they created a bond that has lasted even after the passing of Nick’s dad several years ago.
The Star Trek Online site has been updated with a new developer diary that lays out the details about the game’s upcoming ninth anniversary. The event kicks off on January 23rd and will run through February 11th. During the anniversary celebration, a number of activities will be available for party hearty captains.