Starting today, Star Trek Online PC captains will be taking off for Rise of Discovery along with Jason Isaacs and Rekha Sharma. Today’s new content is the continuation of the crossover with CBS Television’s Star Trek: Discovery. This time, players will head back in time to the USS Buran where they will find Captain Gabriel Lorca and Commander Ellen Landry.
Over the course of the upcoming weekend, Star Trek Online will be featuring a Junior Officer Weekend that will see players earn +50% Commendation XP by completing Duty Officer assignments. In addition, players can claim a free Purple quality duty officer “with a unique active roster power”. This is only available to Captains who have not yet claimed a duty officer in prior events.
When Star Trek Online: Rise of Discovery launches later this year, it will feature both Captain Gabriel Lorca and Commander Ellen Landry, voiced by Jason Isaacs and Rekha Sharma. As players work through Rise of Discovery, they will fight beside the USS Buran and learn the history of each in their time before joining the crew of the Discovery. Rise of Discovery will launch on May 14th.
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.