A starship designed to carry Federation influence throughout the Alpha Quadrant and beyond, the NX-91001 is one of the first multi-role starship designs since the Sovereign class was commissioned in the early 2370s. Able to function as a deep-space explorer with extensive sensors and laboratory facilities for scientific research, the NX-91001 also is outfitted as a heavy cruiser armed with some of the latest in Starfleet weapons technology for deployment in hostile areas.
Why not be a replacement? This game is set three decades after Nemesis. Two to three decades is the most ships usually last before replacements are phased in.
Well for one the Sovereign-class is a considerably newer ship class than the old Galaxy-class starships and we see a good few versions of that ship in the trailer: Original Galaxy-class. Now the average lifespan of a Galaxy-class starship itself (not the class itself) was meant to be around thirty odd years I believe. I see no reason not to have them or the Sovereign-class still bashing about by the 25th Century.
With all of the complaining and accusations being thrown around about this ship, I would like to make a point about 'refits' and 'stealing designs' and the 'lack of creativity' by the design team:
When the AIr Force designs a new fighter and it slightly resembles previous models, are they stealing and being lazy? No. They are adapting tried and true designs to new technologies. Look at the F14, F15, F16, F18, and F22. Look at the similaritties and differences. Look at the technology in the guts. Now tell me they wouldn't do the same thing with a successful design like the Sovereign!!! If any of you actually approached this from a design standpoint instead of 'a grumpy gamer doesn't get their way with new and awesome zomg teh shipz0rs!!!' you might realize that this is only the logical step forward in ship design. Pieces of the galazy, sovereign, akira and others...
And those of you saying the armaments are rediculous? Look at the akira... look at other gunbots. They are chalk full of torpedo tubes. I, for one, am sick of all of the complaints and dev-bashing going on and had hoped this would be a more intelligent and intellectual gaming community but am quickly seeing the 'WoW' generation and their incessant clamoring for 'uberness' infesting this community like a cancerous blight.
Get in the spirit of the setting, the spirit of the game, and the spirit of a community and look at it from an in-game perspective. This type of ship refit, redesign, or upgrade is only logical where design progression is concerned. If you want something designed from the ground up, wait until they do another defiant, or another prometheus... Don't sit here and complain when they stretch the capabilities of a trusted design further than it has previously gone before...