Star Trek Online’s console players can now embark on a mission to save Deep Space Nine with the release of Victory is Life, available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game’s fourth official expansion celebrates the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine by sending Captains to Gamma Quadrant, where they will team up with some of their favourite crew members.
Victory is Life also features Deep Space Nine-inspired content that is brand new to consoles, including seven featured episodes, a new Jem’Hadar playable faction, an expansive Gamma Quadrant Battlezone and a total revamp of the original DS9 space station’s interior. In addition, the game also includes a new level cap of 65, a five-player co-op space queue and the new Gamma Task Force Reputation.
For additional details about Victory is Life on consoles, please visit Star Trek Online’s blog. Also keep an eye on our Twitter feed and site tomorrow, as there might be a special giveaway!
Star Trek Online is celebrating two iconic moments in Star Trek history with server-wide giveaways for all captains! To commemorate the release of CBS’ brand-new Star Trek series, players can log into the free-to-play MMORPG to claim a free uniform from Star Trek: Discovery. In addition, Star Trek Online is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation by offering captains a free Type 7 Shuttle and releasing a new TNG-themed episode on consoles featuring LeVar Burton. From now through October 31 at 10:00 am PDT, console captains will be able to claim these items from the Promotions tab of the C-Store on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. PC players also have a second chance to pick up the Discovery Uniform and Type 7 Shuttle during this time period.
Millions tuned in when Star Trek: Discovery hit the airwaves for the very first time last month and continued its maiden journey on CBS All Access. Captains can celebrate the debut of this new Star Trek series by dressing their captains in the Federation uniform from the show, as worn by the crew of the U.S.S. Shenzhou (NCC-1227).
The Type 7 Shuttle played a pivotal role in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The crew of the U.S.S Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) often utilized the shuttlecraft for important short-range missions, in place of transporters. Captains can now claim this elite upgraded shuttle in Star Trek Online. Each Type 7 Shuttle is equipped with an Ensign Engineering Bridge Officer station and Ensign Universal Bridge Officer station.
Starting now, captains can log into Star Trek Online on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 to check out the new Star Trek: The Next Generation-themed featured episode, “Beyond the Nexus.” In this episode, players will team up with Starfleet Captain Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) to aid in rescuing the crew of a Galaxy-class ship under attack. Captains will also be able to purchase a new Galaxy-class interior, which served as home to Captain Picard and his crew during Star Trek: The Next Generation.
From now through November 9 at 10:00 am PDT, console captains between levels 50-60 can team up for the 5-player “Arena of Sompek” event. Rewards for participation include dilithium, marks, crafting material or the new ground weapon, the Sompek Pulsewave. In addition, Star Trek Online is holding a Champions of Sompek Contest which will grant powerful starships and rewards to the top three competing teams.
Here at TiX Towers, we love a good sci-fi romp and Perfect World Entertainment’s Cryptic Studios Trekkie-fest MMORPG, Star Trek Online delivers on pretty much all levels. They’ve revealed yet another Season update for the game as, like the very universe it is set in, it expands ever more. Season 13 – Escalation is the next to be announced for console, along with a release date, and will see players discovering challenging new missions over two new episodes.
The featured episode in Escalation is called ‘Mirrors and Smoke’ and will see captains embarking on a journey to New Kentar to defend the planet from the Tzenkethi. The other episode, ‘Survivor’ follows the exploits of Sela, Empress of the Romulan Star Empire. Escalation also marks the official debut of War Games on Xbox One. This new system will allow two teams to battle head-to-head in competitive PvE scenarios, all for some pretty awesome rewards.
So, Escalation, ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ will take you to New Kentar, where you will strive to complete a mission to help the Lukari learn more about their past. Their exploration of the planet’s bustling urban lanscape is soon interrupted by the Tzenkethi who have warped in and threatened to decimate the colony. ‘Survivor’ concludes the story of Sela of Romulus, who is voiced by Denise Crosby.
War Games in Escalation will feature 5v5 queues that allow players to competitively solve puzzles, battle against each other and rather excitedly, race starships. If I give her any more, she’ll blow, Captain! Rewards for being victorious in these War Games include class-specific gear for starships, which are also making their debut on console.
When will this be available? Well, it’ll be here before Seth MacFarlane’s trek-spoof, The Orville, that’s for sure, with a scheduled release date of the 6th of June.
Star Trek Online has a growing fanbase. Whether you play every single day without fail or if you dip in and out when you fancy a spin in a starship, this MMORPG from Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment is great fun to play. It’s had a lot of update attention from the developers too, not merely resting on their Federation laurels. The latest update to be announced for the Xbox version of the game has been recently released for the PC version, Season 12 – Reckoning. Perfect World Entertainment have now announced a release date for the update.
Before I come to that, let’s have a little look at the main features that this update contains. Season 12 – Reckoning will send players out on a mission with the Lukari to investigate an ominous new threat, the dreaded Tzenkethi. This update will grant captains access to a new featured episode, a crafting school, two Tzenkethi space queues and a full space battlezone.
Season 12 – Reckoning centres around the featured episode, “Of Signs and Portents”. Captains will join the Lukari on a mission to investigate the weaponised use of protomatter in a new region of the Alpha Quadrant. Further evidence leads you to the Tzenkethi, a highly intelligent, military-driven, advanced alien species who plan on using the deadly protomatter to build a bomb capable of destroying entire planets. You will team up with the legendary Klingon, General Rodek; voiced by Tony Todd; to form an alliance and find a way to stop the Tzenkethi from enacting a potentially cataclysmic attack.
Season 12 – Reckoning also unlocks some expansive new content for players to explore and discover, including the Lukari Restoration Initiative reputation. There is also a new Kits and Modules Research School, a full space battlezone and two new space queues, “Gravity Kills” and “The Tzenkethi Front”.
The PC version currently includes a new Lukari Science Vessel, the T6 Lukari Ho’kuun, to earn through daily anniversary missions and completing the new featured episode. The “Gravity Kills” space queue will see you lead an attack on a Tzenkethi protomatter facility to collect Hawking particles to drop their special defences. In “The Tzenkethi Front”, players will defend the Eta Serpentis system from a Tzenkethi attack. You can do this by turning their own protomatter weapons against them.
Star Trek Online welcomes Season 12 – Reckoning to Xbox One from the 18th of April.
Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios have released a number of free updates to their free, final-frontier themed RPG, Star Trek Online. Today, they can boldy announce the release of the next free update to hit the title, Agents of Yesterday.
All Star Trek timelines and universes clash when enemies threaten to destroy the past during Agents of Yesterday. This calls for the recruitment of the bravest and boldest bridge officers to become Temporal Agents and protect the Federation.
Create a new captain from Star Trek: The Original Series and command one of several 23rd Century Starships to explore nostalgic locations taken directly from the television show that started one of the most popular science fiction franchies of all time. This expansion will also feature exciting characters from the original series voiced by a star-studded crew, including Walter Koenig reprising his role as Chekov and Chris Doohan (James Doohan’s son) as Scotty among others.
The Agents of Yesterday update will include:
New Sub-Faction: Players can access the new tutorial section to begin their new adventure as a captain from Star Trek: The Original Series.
New Missions: Captains can earn rewards by participating in over a dozen Original Series themed missions.
New Starships: Agents of Yesterday adds over a dozen new starships from every era, including the famous 23rd Century Constitution Class Starship to the 31st Century Chronos-class Temporal Dreadnought.
New Specialisation Tree: After becoming a Temporal Agent, players can manipulate the timeline to ensure it is protected against those trying to destroy the past.
An All-Trek cast: Chekov, Daniels and other characters straight from the TV series and films appear, voiced by the original actors.
New Universe to explore: Agents of Yesterday will feature actors, themes and content from the Kelvin Timeline, the universe that the 2009 & 2013 Star Trek films are based on.
New weapons and bridge officers: The expansion introduces new Original Series themed weapons as well as TOS Federation and Klingon bridge officers who were preserved in cryostasis as Starbase K-13 returns from a Temporal Anomaly.
The Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday expansion is available now.
All hands, this is your Captain speaking, Star Trek Online has had a Fleets update. We are due out of spacedock and all shore leave has been cancelled. Back to your posts and let’s explore some more.
You heard me correctly, Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios’ hit MMORPG based on Roddenberry’s Star Trek universe has had an update that will add several of the PC version’s gameplay options to the classic Star Trek Online on consoles for the first time.
Fleets will add the Admiralty System, Duty Officers, Research and Development and Fleet Holdings. These will offer even more diverse and immersive gameplay to your starship experience.
Admiralty System – Players who have already reached the rank of Admiral can send their inactive starships on missions to bring back rewards
Duty Officers – Captains can delegate tasks and away missions to their standard crew members for rewards, while they continue to travel through the final frontier
Research and Development – This system allows players to craft standard and unique items through a variety of schools, whle also providing exciting crafting tier progression bonusus
Fleet Holdings – Fleet members can work together to build a full-scale Starbase, Romulan Embassy, Dilithium Mine, Dyson Sphere Spire as fleet-only social areas. Building these facilities also grants access to various bonuses, high-end gear and daily missions
Two New Reputations – Task Force Omega and Iconian Resistance in Fleets will include a variety of new queues to play and new end-game gear to earn for your captains and starships
Star Trek Online launched in September, with over 1 million Captains signed up to guide their crew to go where no-one has gone before. Completing missions to earn credits, equipment and promotion, Fleets is an update to breathe more life into Star Trek Online and is available now for the free-to-play MMORPG, as long as you’re an Xbox Live Gold member.
Are you a budding Star Trek Online Captain? What are your experiences of Star Trek Online so far? Let us know in the comments, below.
Space, the final frontier. Who could have dreamed, 50 years ago this year, that Gene Roddenberry’s space cowboy series would have gained such a huge cult following in the time that its been on-air? There have been a few series-related games that have come out, so how will the latest and possibly the biggest measure up in the tale of the starship tape?
Star Trek Online is vast. The MMORPG from ARC Games, Cryptic Studios and long-time genre publisher, Perfect World Entertainment was released on console to coincide with the show’s 50th anniversary, after being out on PC for quite some time. It’s a great thing that the game has made that leap from PC to console as well.
As with most MMORPG’s, you start off by choosing a faction and character. Instead of your usual barbarians and wizards, however, you get the chance to become a Star Fleet officer, a Romulan Warrior or a member of the Klingon Empire. Your paths will take different turns depending on what you choose here. The Federation stands at war with the Klingon Empire once more. Other races are taking their sides and there are the usual incursions from series mainstays such as the Klingons, Gorn, Species 8472 (Undine), and the relentless Borg.
The action, as you’d expect from a Star Trek title, comes thick and fast. As a Star Fleet Officer, I was thrust straight in to commanding my own ship, after a little on the ground training of course. The ship you are assigned at the beginning is the base vessel in its class and as you progress through the many relentless missions (do they not get shore-leave?) that are thrust upon you, you get the opportunity to upgrade bits on it. This is quite fun, trying to figure out what you can afford and which bits give you the best balance, but you want to be in the thick of it, right?
The missions themselves follow fairly standard patterns. You fly into Quadrant Space. While there, you use the ship’s Impulse Engines to glide towards the system you need to be in. Once you’re within a few Light Years of that System , you can then engage Warp engines and arrive at your given destination. This is probably the most pedestrian part of the game. I found the time spent flying the U.S.S Determination within a few Light Years of Vulcan and wherever else I needed to be, a bit of a waste of time. Surely, it would be more sensible to warp to the Star System, then Impulse your way to the necessary planet?
Semantics aside, once you’re in the vicinity of your target, the mission follows a pre-determined path. Your task is laid out and you’ll either battle and prevail against overwhelming odds or you’ll scan an area or sneak up on something and listen in. In most missions, you’ll lead an away team beam-down too.
The away missions, while ignoring Star Fleet orders that the Captain and First Officer shouldn’t be on the same away mission, are interesting. They reflect the more traditional MMORPG third-person perspective and will have you following the directions on your map in the HUD to given locations. Here you’ll get to shoot your phasers at the enemy while trying desperately not to allow your shields to run out of power. There is usually a small side-mission to complete, such as fire-control or placing spacial charges although it does feel like you’re led around by the nose a little for these.
Complete your away mission unscathed and you’re likely to have found yourself beamed back to your ship and under immediate heavy fire from an escaping enemy. In truth, the ship to ship combat is the best part about Star Trek Online. Once you’re in range, the enemy will usually engage you on-sight. This is a good and a bad thing all at once. There are a lot of times where you’ll be outnumbered, and your targeting computer will only target one enemy at a time. Don’t panic too much though, once that ship’s shields are down you can usually defeat it with a well-placed full-spread photon torpedo or two then it’s on to the next, as long as you have enough hull integrity and shields left yourself.
The in-space fights in Star Trek Online are aided by the fact that the graphics are fantastic. There’s nothing like gliding your vessel to a dead stop next to the Enterprise-D or the U.S.S. Defiant. I only wish there were more open-ended missions rather than the regimented forays you have to go on initially.
It’s early days for Star Trek Online though, and this may change as the game and community develops over time. For now, I’ll content myself with the hum of the warp-engines during the ‘factor 5’ sequence and leave the ring of phaser fire and photon torpedos in my enemies’ ears.
Star Trek Online is a good start to what could, hopefully, be the defining Star Trek title for many fans around the globe. It’s daring to push to that Final Frontier and with a little mission tweaking it could be one of the few MMORPG’s that hold my attention for more than a few months. Overall, the graphics are good, with some slightly dodgy character animation, but the starship visuals more than make up for it. The inventory and upgrade mechanics feel a little clunky, but I put this down to simply getting used to how it all works, and there are a lot of options to get used to in this huge universe.
Star Trek Online should be the go to Star Trek title of choice. It’s sumptuous starship visuals and intuitive space battles lend themselves well to the genre and while the away missions are a welcome change, it feels as if the character animations and mission mechanics needs a little tweaking to get them just right. That being said, with the title being free to play, it’s a great introduction to a different kind of MMORPG.
Thanks to Perfect World Entertainment and Xbox for supporting TiX
Do we have any Star Trek fans in the room? Don’t be shy, hands up if you’re a fan. Gene Roddenberry’s massive cult universe has finally hit the Xbox One in the form of a massive Free-to play online experience.
Star Trek Online was released by MMORPG specialists, Perfect World Entertainment on Friday, coinciding almost perfectly with the classic TV show’s 50th anniversary and first impressions are good. I had the opportunity to give it a quick blast over the weekend and managed to take out some Klingons and Borg. These are just a few of the races that are included in the game, set across all of the sectors of known Federation space.
The game is a direct port of the PC version, with the full 92-key keyboard controls condensed down in to a handy controller-sized packaged, while still containing the fast pace of the PC original.
The console version also includes the Legacy of Romulus and Delta Rising expansions. Choose to start your adventure as a Star Fleet Academy graduate, a Klingon or a Romulan and quickly progress to captaining your own vessel.
The game isn’t limited to space-based battles either. There are a variety of planet-based and other vessel-based away missions for you to lead in a third person view. You even get your very own phaser rifle to play with.
Once you have your own starship, you can customise it in a variety of ways and get the opportunity to travel to classic Star Trek locations and interact with characters from the shows, voiced by original actors including Jeri Ryan, Michael Dorn and Tim Russ.
The console version includes upgraded lighting and graphics on the original as well as an improved, more intuitive UI.
Xbox One users will need a current Live Gold account in order to play but will get access to a free Steamrunner Blockade Runner. If you link your Arc account to the console as well, you’ll also get access to a free Wrath of Khan uniform.
Star Trek Online is available to play now on Xbox One. Make it so, Number One.
On release of the console edition Star Trek Online will bring two expansions and 11 seasons’ worth of updates for players. That’s over ‘six years’ worth of content, including more than 130 featured episodes that build upon classic Star Trek stories and series. You will even get the change to play alongside a cast of Star Trek actors including Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Michael Dorn (Worf), Tim Russ (Tuvok) and more.
Each player’s adventure will begin by choosing one of the classic Star Trek factions including Federation, Klingon and Romulans. If you can’t find what you want thought don’t worry as there’s also 32 other species to customize your own Captain with. Once this mammoth task is complete, I always find it the hardest part of any game, you will be able to take to the stars and visit iconic locations including Vulcan, Deep Space Nine, Earth Space Dock and more in one of the hundreds of classic Star Trek ships available to you. Engage in various missions and ship-to-ship combat as you play through the game’s story content aiming to reach the level 60 cap, and what’s more it’s all for free.
To ensure a successful console launch of Star Trek Online the development team at Cryptic Studios have also spent time updating the game engine to offer an enhanced user experience and upgraded visuals. Learning from the recent launch of Neverwinter the team have also been working on a control scheme that will allow players to navigate both space and ground combat with ease. Further information about the up and coming release of the game can be found on the official website.
Star Trek Online is due for release on the Xbox One in Fall 2016. – ‘Live Long and Prosper’.