The developers say the reason for this was because some people complained about lag issues on ESD.
If this is the case, why do you even think about enhancing DS9 and creating an awesome Academy Grounds which are even much more complex then ESD was before these stupid changes? Will this NOT lag the players with crappy videocards or people which are unwilling or dont know how to beef down their graphics a bit?
Ive been playing this game for a year now, I havent had a single bit of 'lag' on ESD which would be in direct relation to my relatively weak Video chip. It's only a Mobile Nvidia GPU with 256MB of Dedicated memory.
I've properly setup my Graphics settings so they are all just high enough without giving me any kind of FPS lag, Do we really have to pay the price for people running a 10 year old graphics chip? Or people who are unable to change their graphical settings in a game? This has been the situation in all games in the history of personal computers, you tweak your own graphics settings based on your GPU/CPU processing power.
You removed all the Geometry and other nice fancy stuff everywhere @ ESD, it looks like a dull and empty void now. Doesnt STO provide sliders to make the game run faster? You can change everything from texture resolution to visibility distance of more complex objects etc.
I'm very disappointed with this change, its the same bullsh*t as the Biothermal dampener which was dumbed down because people had lag issues with it. While you could just solve this by changing your video settings a bit.
And again I will tell you, this is NO good representation for the new F2P'ers coming to this game, I can asure you of that Cryptic. Even the Signs are like walking around in a Hotel now and they are even less clear then before,
Whats next? Dumbing down all the Space maps as well? We're going back to a 10 year old game?
We all know the real reason for this Graphical Nerf, and we also very well know the reason for the 'new signs', to make it readable for people with an intelligence of 0.
Big thumbs down for this nerf. First make ESD a nice place, now its back to crap.
In all honesty, ESD doesn't play any different after the change than it did before. I can still access the services I need. The only beef I have is with the signs. They could be more true to the IP. But at the end of the day, they are just signs.
Frankly, I like having a lot of the clutter removed. Makes it look more pristine and and organized. The way the centermost Federation hub of activity should be.