Ask Cryptic: November 2012
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Join Date: Oct 2012
11-23-2012, 04:21 PM
Just ran the interview through the Universal Translator and this is what came back :
Q: Is there any release date yet for the Romulan Faction?
A: No. The KDF doesn't make money so forget a third faction.
Q: Are there any plans on adding in Dr. Crusher?s medical robe?
A: If we think enough people will buy it.
Q: With many of the stack sizes recently being updated to 100, why is that hypos and the like are still at 20? Can these please be increased as well?
Q: What did you do the STFs? I can?t remember the last time I?ve been killed but since the Season 7 update, I?ve been killed at least 3 times!
A: We broke it and hoped no-one would notice.
Q: Have you thought about a Captain/Crew reputation system played much like a mini Starbase for ship interiors?
A: New dilithium sink? Sure great idea.
Q: When is crafting going to be reworked? Aside from the Aegis set, there?s nothing craftable we can make that we can?t buy in the Dilithium Store, so what?s the point of all those crafting materials apart from putting them towards Fleet Projects?
A: We'll add the dilithium sink asap but reworking crafting ? ha, ha, ha.
Q: Will we see possible ways of getting MK XII gear from non-store systems in the future?
A: No, in fact we're going to make it harder.
Q: Can the cost of Starbase feature projects be reduced? The Dilithium cost is stalling current upgrades and projects as it is.
A: Yes, feature projects don't work as an effective dilithium sink for small fleets so by scaling the costs we can make them a sink for everybody.
Q: Any plans to add more missions to New Romulus? Also, will the map be added and/or hooked up to the Foundry?
Q: Will there be more customization of the Starbases?
A: New dilithium sink? Sure great idea.
Q: Will we ever see a Klingon only adventure zone or Feature Episode series?
A: No. The KDF don't make money, so forget it.
Q: As much as I love all the new content you've been pushing out for the Feds, I like my Klingons too. When can we expect to see you fulfill the promise you made to expand the content on the red side?
A: The KDF doesn't make us money, so never.
Q: What form would a playable Romulan faction take? Would it be Senator Harmien's militants? The Tal Shiar? D'Tan's unificationists?
A: The KDF don't make money, so forget a third faction.
Q: Are you ever going to expand the game in a non-combative way?
A: Just as soon as we work how to monetize it.
Q: I was curious as to what exciting new additions are on the horizon?
A: More milking of the Federation cash cow, well it's exciting for us.
Q: Are there any plans for more unique ships made by Cryptic that are Star Fleet ships, or is there a chance to see Federation civilian ships added in-game with more unique ship profiles?
A: We make money on Starfleet ships so expect to see plenty more.
Q: Can the Orions have their own bridge design?
Q: Any future plans for the Gateway?
A: Now that turned Duty Officers into a huge Dilithium sink, we want you to be able to use that sink all the time what better way than the Gateway?
Q: Are you going to implement the Ambassador Class at some point? And would it be possible to implement the Old Constitution Class for higher ranks?
A: Yes, because Federation ships make us money. If we can convience CBS the profit margin is large enough then maybe.
Q: What about missing planets like Trill(us) Prime, Betazed or Khitomer? Any plans for the future?
A: Yeah, but don't hold your breath.
Q: Please tell me there?s a timeline to get Klingon?s back to starting at level 1. I flat our refuse to start a new character at level 20. Even if the missions aren?t there, let us figure out our way upwards.
A: The KDF doesn't make us any money, so why would we waste time on this?
Q: One of the little tidbits I enjoyed when talking to Admiral D'Vak was that he mentioned Omega Force wasn't just anti-Borg. In fact, it was a force for dealing with any powerful threats like the Undine and the Iconians. With this is mind, are there any plans to have more "themed" sets like these, whether they are MACO/Honour Guard/Omega variants, or entirely new pieces?
A: Themed sets are great dilithium sinks, we like dilthium sinks.
Q: Thx for Mol'Rihan. It really feels like a planet surface where people *live*, unlike Defera and Nukara, where everyone are in constant danger. I love to just sit down and chill out on New Romulus, or watch the wild animals running around. I don't want to sound unappeasable, but could we expect other zones like this in the short term, probably by the time of S8?
Q: Will we ever be able to send out bridge officers off on separate missions, or have them accompany us to battle in ships we assign them from our own selection?
A: Maybe, but don't hold your breath.