If I had to guess, I'm thinking that they were probably pulled because they couldn't get the licensing from IDW Publishing, the owner of the comics. The Sierra 1 is probably Cryptic's non-infringing version.
Yeah, they're even called in the code, and I quote directly, "Star Trek 11 DO NOT USE!!!"
That may be true, but that's because the franchise is effectively now split into two sub-franchises: Trek Classic and New Trek.
The uniforms in Countdown (which as an aside is an absolutely horrendous thing to call a comic tie-in, very much akin to calling a brand new luxury liner Titanic) are from the universe of Trek Classic, the licensing for them shouldn't be any harder to obtain than the various references to the Pocket Books continuities, such as Akaar and the Luna Class or the numerous references to Rihannsu and stuff from the Deep Space Nine books.
There was that long debacle with the Vesta, but that was mostly tied up negotiations between the designer and CBS/Cryptic. There shouldn't be nearly as much difficulty in obtaining the license to utilize a Starfleet uniform from a tie-in miniseries that is effectively recognized as canon.
And yeah, I'd prefer these over Sierra 1 as well. Much cleaner looking and a more believable evolution of the uniforms introduced in Star Trek First Contact.
As for Cryptic's propensity to overdecorate the player's attire, yeah, a lot of these uniforms are incredibly busy looking. Jupiter 5 for example looks like it has massive overall straps.
The Jupiter Veteran's probably the best and most future Starfleet looking uniform in the game IMHO, which is probably why you see increasing numbers of Starfleet NPC's sporting it. But only if you're willing to subscribe for over a year to get it. Or fork over 200+ in cash to get it immediately during a Lifetimer promotion.
So if I understand correctly:
- CBS laid out the common backstory of Data becoming Captain of the Ent-E, the Hobus supernova et al.
- IDW's prequel tie-in to nuTrek was one interpretation
- STO is another, independent interpretation
A bit of a shame, really. Guess I'll just have to stick with my Sierra Ones for now.
various references to the Pocket Books continuities, such as Akaar and the Luna Class or the numerous references to Rihannsu and stuff from the Deep Space Nine books.
Actually, the term "Rihannsu", is NOT from the DS9 area, but a much earlier book (Can't remember the title of it, last time I read it was back around '90 or so), but the book termed the Romulans "Rihannsu", and the Klingons, "Klin". It was about the kidnapping of a Vulcan and a Human girl, by the Klin & Rihannsu, to get their hands on Spock. Even though I can't remember which one it was, I do remember it was a hell of a good book.
butcher suspect, "What'd you hit me with?"
Temperance Brennan, "A building"
I'd have a gander that bberge is right. After all, the 2009 uniforms are in the code, but not in the actual game.
I have to partially agree with you on that. It IS possible that Cryptic had to "re-invent" the uniform in question into the Sierra 1 uniform (which, btw, I really don't mind how it looks atm). However, I think they wanted to give us enough unliscenced uniforms that new players, who have no access to a credit card (and thereby can't get zen very easily), to create a character who has SOME resemblance of being a Starfleet, Klingon, or, as of May 21st, Romulan officer WITHOUT having to pay money for them. However, they ALSO have a nice selection of Canon uniforms from the different series and films, that have been made over the years (such as the TOS uniforms, Wrath of Khan and Subsequent Search for Spock uniform, TNG season 1, TNG Series, TNG Admiral, and DS9 uniform), available to purchase in the C-Store! It is very much possible that STO writers do NOT want to make the uniform in question available to us simply because another uniform (Sierra 1) already looks close enough to the one in question. Also, keep in mind that a comic rendition of a uniform WILL look radically different when produced in a game or film! It is unavoidable!