Porthos, Hirogen, V'ger, & Jupiter Station. Oh, My! Star Trek Online "Ask Cryptic" For March 2011
Have you ever wanted to visit Jupiter Station? Or maybe Utopia Planetia Shipyards? I know that we have and if you're a Star Trek Online player, this could be a distinct possibility in the near future. Executive producer Dan Stahl answers questions about this plus playable Hirogen, more pets (like Porthos), and a visit from V'ger in this month's round of "Ask Cryptic". When asked, "Is there a chance to see something like V'ger from The Motion Picture?" Dan answered, "Someday, oh yes. There is a reason my forum avatar is V’ger." Not only V'ger, but also that whale lovin' probe from Star Trek IV. Pretty awesome!
We've gathered a sampling of questions below, but you can check out the full Q&A session here on StarTrekOnline.com
Fractal_Eye - Q: When will we get Porthos pets?
A: We will continue to add pets over time. Once we are happy with the number of ambient animals being represented in missions we will start adding more of these as player pets. It would be fun to see these pets randomly roaming your ship interior as well.
Jennau116 - Q: Are we going to see more of the Bridge/Ship Interiors get the same love (as the new TOS interior)?
A: The upcoming TOS interior is one of our continued attempts to reduce the size and scale of interiors and still allow some types of game-play. Once we have that interior finished and can run some game-play tests, we can make a call as to whether we can go back and update existing bridges and interiors.
Tricksterbro - Q: I was wondering what your plans were for releasing mission and story content other than the featured episodes when they come to an end?
A: Once “Cloaked Intentions” wraps up next week, we will be focused on the Beta release of the Foundry on Holodeck so that everyone may begin to create and play missions. After that we will prepare the Season 4 release with Ground Combat updates, more Remastered Episodes, an updated Tutorial experience, and an update to Klingon mission progression. We have some other content plans that we have in the works as well, but we’re not talking about that just yet.
nailpeter83 - Q: Are there any plans to do anything with the Probe from Star Trek IV?
A: It is on the short of list of topics we’ve considered for Future Episode series, but I think it will be further down the road than some of the other series we want to get to.
wed horror - Q: Will you implement a "switch" or something so we can turn off our Bridge NPC´s so we can use the Bridge for Role-play?
A: We are working closely with the Champions Online team on a big update for interiors that will allow players much more control over what is displayed and available on their ship interior. We don’t have a solid eta for this, but it is something that both of our teams are developing as a cool new feature that will greatly improve ship interiors.
TerilynnS - Q: WHO does the voice for Obisek? <3
A: The character Obisek, a Reman protagonist in the Cloaked Intention series, is voiced by the very talented Eric Newsome.
stevek765 - Q: Ds9 is very quiet and it could really do with some life being put into it and also more space activity, cargo ships etc. Have you guys been discussing anything towards DS9 future? I think a weekly series set just on ds9 would be very welcomed by the community.
A: In our Feature Episode series planning session today we were discussing that we may be visiting DS9 in one of the next Feature Episodes. When we do, we plan to give DS9 some love.
Blasten_Blaster - Q: When can we expect to see a flyable peregrine fighter?
A: The Peregrine fighter is one of the small playable ships you’ll be able to craft very soon. Klingons will also be getting their own new fighter.
Kpt.Krell - Q: You said that there should be an explore-able Sol system. How would that work? Can you go to the moon and Mars colony? Can you visit Jupiter Station? Also, when can we expect feature episodes to be translated into French or German?
A: We have created a system map for each planet in the Sol system, and where appropriate we have also added stations and other sites that are expected to be there such as Utopia Planetia at Mars and Jupiter Station at Jupiter. You will have a navigation option that will ask you which planet you want to visit and it will transfer you there.
As far as translation issues, the publishing team assures me that they are hoping to get back on track very soon and while it is already March and many of you are just as frustrated as I am, I’m hopeful that you’ll see episodes in your native languages well before Season 4 launches.
arvossk - Q: Will the Hirogen be playable with the Romulan faction?
A: Once we finally add the Romulan faction, the plan is that the Hirogen will remain allied to the Romulan Star Empire as they are now and that you’ll be able to create a Hirogen character.
TRhade - Q: Is there a chance to see something like V'ger from The Motion Picture?
A: Someday, oh yes. There is a reason my forum avatar is V’ger.