Welcome Back, here's everything that changed while you were gone
This thread is for people returning to the game who would like to know what's changed. It's not a conclusive list, but it's an attempt at being a good enough primer to bring you up to speed. I'll cover all of the previous seasons, leave anything out that has been changed recently or removed. If anything's wrong (which is completely possible), feel free to make a correction as a reply and I'll fix it.
More recently, info on events or upcoming changes can be found on the Season 5 Dev Blog Here.
These are a couple of helpful channels you may wish to subscribe to: (Blatently ripped from the STO Wiki Global Channel Directory
accolades: Ask about or find out about accolades
REDALERT/red alert - Borg invasion channel. REDALERT is a primary information channel.
STF - For normal STF Groups
EliteSTF - For Elite STF Groups
DOFFJobs - For finding out what Doff assignments are where.
Foundry - Directish connection to Foundry authors
NPH - New Player Help
The ;tldr version of this is on the STO wiki on the article STO Timeline by PhyrexianHero. It's nicely timelined so you can see exactly what happened when.
PvP map: Shanty Town (Ground Capture and Hold)
Instead of capturing and holding control points like in Space CnH, you instead attempt to upload viruses to either the midway security console (in the trench at the center of the map) or the enemy's command post. The command post is worth more, but harder to get to and more heavily protected by map turrets. Killing enemy captains will also count towards your team's score.Fleet Actions: The Big Dig
Attempt to reclaim a archeological site that is now under attack by Romulan and Reman forces. Save the scientists, eliminate the enemy threat, protect the artifacts, and neutralize the enemy command structure.Klingons: Access to Fleet Actions
Breaking the planet, The Big Dig, and the Crystalline Entity are accessible from the Omega Leonis SectorRespec
Ability to respec your character's skill points. (Thanks Latinumbar)Bridge Packs
Different maps for your Bridge.Captain's Table
Semi-private social area for Lifetime subscribers and 400-day veterans. Access to bar vendor, ship and captain tailor, bank, exchange, and mail. Accessible through the Amigma Nebula in space either at Qo'Nos or Earth.Turn Rate is now dependent upon your ship's Engine power levels.
Special Task Force missions
Adjustable Difficulty: Normal (Easy), Advanced (Medium), Elite (Hard). Experience gains and loot drops scale with difficulty. Difficulty can be changed through the mission log or the options screen under the basic tab.
Injury Death Penalties
Squad System: Teams can now match their team leader's level.
Level Cap Raised to VA (50)
Specialized Career abilities.Fleet Actions: Fludic Space
Protect and Herd the Gekli from marauding Undine. Then using the Gekli's natural abilities to form and close Dimensional rifts, close the Undine portals.Ship Interiors (Accessible from the Bridge)
Federation Diplomatic Corp
Undine Missions (Level 44, in Pelia Sector next to Gamma Orionis)(Both factions)
Klingon-faction Missions (in Omega Leonis)
Feature Series: The Breen
Breen Dailies in Orellius sector space:
Science Ships now have a Science Analysis buff which stacks on you while targeting an enemy. The longer your targeted an enemy, the more the buff will stack (up to maximum of 10). The buff will clear if you change targets. Boosts your weapon damage and subsystem targeting.
Quantum Slipstream Drive: Upon reaching Vice Admiral, players are granted the ability to use Quantum Slipstream Drive in sector space. QSD enables the player to go extremely fast through sector space for a short time. Driver Coil increases the speed of QSD.
Featured Episode: The Devidian
Eta Eridani Dailies
Featured Episode: The Remans
Sector Space graphical Overhaul (Can disable Holographic overlay for more Realistic look)
Ground combat revamp
Borg Space Incursions
Fleet Actions are now handled by the PvE queue. Private instances of Fleet Actions can now be formed through the Queue.
New Gamma Quadrant Doff Missions (Marked in Brown) that require specific Gamma-Quadrant only traits like Resolve, Telekinesis, and Shroud. Gamma Quadrant Doffs can be aquired through the Gamma-Quadrant booster pack in the c-store or rare exchange missions offered after completing the respective race-Consulate chains.
All transwarp abilities have been moved to a transwarp menu, which is on the mini map under the "Warp Out" Button at the top left of the mini map.
Featured Series: The 2800
Featured Series focused on the Dominion and the lost fleet that were supposed to reinforce the Dominion during the onset of the Dominion War during the brief occupation of DS9. Offers Shoud devices (temp ground cloaking consumables), Jem'Hadar space and ground sets, and free EV suit.
Episode I: Jem'Hadar Auto Rifle/Compression Pistol: Poleron weapons which can be buffed through consumable nano-modules. Replay the mission again for the crafting recipe or a pack of them. (Use the recipe on a ground map to unlock the recipe for crafting)
Episode II: Jem'Hadar Ground Armor. Replay the mission again for consumable shade generators which allow you to temporarily cloak on the ground.
Episode III: Jem'Hadar Deflector/ShieldPoleron Shuttle Beam Array
Episode IV: Jem'Hadar Ship Shield, Gamma Quadrant Doff Starter pack, Jem'Hadar Tactical Bridge Officer
Episode V: Jem'Hadar Personal Shield, Phased Poleron ship weaponry
STF Costume update:
Completing the Elite Optionals (much easier then it sounds, but you do need to have a group outfitted for it and who know what they're doing. And by know what they're doing, I means seriously know what they're doing and how the mission behaves, not know what they're doing from Normal difficulty) and having unlocked the Mark XII costumes unlocks Elite versions of the respective Mark XII costumes.
A new minigame that allows players to use the new EV suits to mine small amounts of dilithium per day (specific event boosts the dilithium yielded from this mission)
The Vault Raiding mission:
The chance to get the Reman Prototype set. Note this only happens for one hour during specific time slots, after which you'll have to wait for the next event to occur to make another go of it. You can fail if you don't finish within the set time limit in each room, so keep that in mind when going in (i.e. maybe you should read up on it first)
Caitian male and female each have new hair options.
Ferrasan C-Store Race (KDF)
The KDF version of Caitians. Essentially the same, except for a few cosmetic differences. (Buying the Ferrasan Race unlocks Caitian costume options)
(COMMING, it's on Tribble now)
Faction-Specific (both both sides get it) STF-esque 5 man missions. The goal is to protect the colony (or conquer it) from hordes of enemies from a random faction. There are optional objectives that can be taken, but must be completed within a time limit.
(COMMING, it's on Tribble now)
Essentially a game of 5-man survival. Test your mettle with just you and your friends against an onslaught of enemy ships. It's a 10-wave game, with each wave becoming progressively harder (you aren't expected to hit wave 10, but it is possible to reach wave 10. No, you cannot change the conditions of the Scenario).
Account Wide Bank
Gold Players get an initial 10 slots to use. It can be expanded through the C-Store. From now on certain Items may be tagged with Bind to Account, meaning that you can transfer it to alternate characters through the bank. Currently bound items will not be able to be transferred through the bank at this time. You can also store EC through the account bank.
and more to come
Fleet Starbases...Season 6 Dev Blog 2
(Note that these ships are C-Store exclusives, so you'll have to pay C points for them)
(Unless noted, the consoles are universal, meaning they can be slotted into any department's console slot)
(Gathering information, don't hold your breath though...)
Klingon Honor Guard (Thanks to James_Bailey)
Klingon Honor Guard
Really nice recap! I do hope that they “sticky this!
You have done a lot of work and I for one will send people that ask to this thread. We have quite a few coming back from our fleet.
I will gladly give this space up if you need another “placeholder” ;)
good job on this so far.
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