I try to keep up to date on engineering reports, STOked etc.. but recently I realised there was a gap in my knowledge or understanding. An alarmng gap that on first glance suggested the quite grim possibility of no new content for some time.
So we got a weekly and that series ends quite soon. It has had a 'belter' of an episode, which was great. It was much needed after the first two. They were frankly well written 'fillers' at best. No problem with that, as I like to feel part of a story rather than just a cold blooded killer. Hopefully by the end of the series we will have a similar level of repeatable gameplay that we have with the very successful Breen series.
After that we got season 3 implementation and the possibility of a 3rd series in January. No details or dates for the possible 4th. Hints it may involve the Tholians... again very nice.
What concerns me is I got the impression new content was going to be delivered via the weeklies rather than the seasons. If that is so then I am left with the rather depressing position of having no new content for two months. More staggeringly, it would mean that since the summer we have had the whopping total of 10 missions given to us. That would be frankly appalling. If 6 monts of development produces an afternoon of heavy play.
I really like the direction that STO has been heading under Stahl, and hope I have massively misunderstood the situation. Because frankly if 6 months will equate to 10 episodes, I am not sure I am prepared to wait that long for something new to do.
First, there's been more then 10 missions. There's been all the Klink mission, the First Contact missions, the Fluid space misisons, and new dailies (with 2 more coming out this weekish).
Series 2, #5 comes out the 13th. Season 3 comes out Dec 2nd. Then we have the Foundry coming out after that, and Foundry missions possibly hitting before the end of the year. And then Series 3 hitting in Jan, with 4 to follow after that. I think there's going to be things to do in the 7 weeks.
There have been 5 Faction-Neutral missions in the Pelia and Gamma Orionis Sector Block, 1 Fleet Action, 8 faction-neutral episodes and 8 KDF faction missions since season 1 and 2 new Daily missions. We are still waiting on 2 more episodes before Season 3. That's 24 missions over 2 seasons. So it seems the average is about 4 episodes per month? (Not included yet are announced daily episodes in Eta Eridani and opening the Pi Canis sector block for the Klingons, because I don't know how "big" those will be)
Is that enough or not? I don't know.
Either way, the "Seasons" seem now to fulfill a very specific purpose - bringing out new, major tech features that will enhance the game and upcoming content. The Weeklies and the Seasons are not the only source of new content. But they might remain the major ones.
I'm pretty sure that's been said repeatedly, most recently, it was mentioned in the latest "ask cryptic"
In the Ask Cryptic Dstahl didn't say Jan, FF did. I've gone back through all of Dstahl's posts on the forum for the last 2 weeks and never saw 1 mention of the Weeklies stopping until Jan; and as I quoted above, 7 days ago Dstahl posted that they would follow soon after Season 3: a month is not soon after, IMO. So if you have a dev post stating Jan I'd love to see it.