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As usual, a new teaser and a lot of excitement about a possible Romulan faction. But it won't happen in may and i'm almost 100% sure about that. Here is why:

I - Manpower/time issue.

What we know so far about season 8:

- 2 new tutorials to do.
- at least a featured episode series (5 episodes, which means 10-20 x 5 days of work according to an interview with Goatshark): 50 to 100 days. Since Sela will be in season 8 it's not even speculation.
- Nimbus III will be another New Romulus planet.
- Another space adventure zone.
- (anti)-Tholian reputation, which means 3-4 missions and that's a bare minimum. Missions will require a lot of work to brainstorm, build, balance, etc.
- a new character creator.
- pvp reputation. Maybe. This is huge. So much to do.
- a new lockbox. Come on, we all know it's coming.
- playable first officer?

So, even without any pvp rep, there's at least 4-5 months of work here. Which means that if they want to add a Romulan faction then they have 1 or 2 months to do it, and it would need playable ships, episodes, gear, a homeworld, costumes to sell, and so on.

II - Dan Stahl almost saying "no".

Quote:
Dstahl: We are not ready to begin discussing the details of what is in our May update, however the reference definitely suggests that it is related to Romulans in some way. We will share more news about the update and give a clearer response to your question as we get closer to May.
Quote:
Dstahl: We have always had a plan for how we wanted to implement additional factions and we have polls dating back to early in the game's life when we were looking to see which future factions players were most interested in. If and when we release a Romulan faction, you can expect that it would set the stage for how a Cardassian, Borg, or any other faction would be introduced into the game.
Of course, mainly for I -, a Romulan faction in May isn't realistic. Yes, the team size has increased, but it happened mostly prior to season 7, so they were probably very close to max content producing speed anyway. They already have a lot to do, especially with the new tutorials, the anti tholian reputation, and the featured episodes.

Now they might have been working on it for some time but still, there aren't enough assets in game for that. Season 8 sounds rather like a Romulan assets building season so that they can work on a faction later.

Now the only way I see them adding playable Romulans (and definitely not a Romulan faction) is with a playable first officer. Get one from your embassy, make it your first officer and tah-dah, you've got your Romulan character. It's the best they could do for season 8, most likely.

Last edited by diogene0; 03-01-2013 at 05:26 PM.
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# 2
03-01-2013, 03:06 PM
After replacing "March beneath the Raptors Wings" with "Our shadow will dim the stars." it should be pretty obvious by now it's gonna be that Iconian Story Update they were talking about for X-months instead of a Romulan Faction about which they were talking about 0-months
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# 3
03-01-2013, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by thutmosis85 View Post
After replacing "March beneath the Raptors Wings" with "Our shadow will dim the stars." it should be pretty obvious by now it's gonna be that Iconian Story Update they were talking about for X-months instead of a Romulan Faction about which they were talking about 0-months
You have been reading my mind.

If you take a close look at that screenshot, you can see a sort of green temporal rift. At the end of the Romulan episodes, the last thing we saw was a Warbird being dragged into a time portal.
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# 4
03-01-2013, 03:34 PM
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You have been reading my mind.
Nope just reading what Dstahl said, instead of ignoring everything, in favor of playable Romulans
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# 5
03-01-2013, 03:53 PM
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Nope just reading what Dstahl said, instead of ignoring everything, in favor of playable Romulans
It's not so much what he's said as it is what he has not said and what has actually came to pass. Most of the posters in this topic have been around STO a while and understand that about Dan and STO.

I received an email Sat 23rd (and probably every other player as well) from STO/PWE and in the lower right corner was the heading -

"Launching May 2013" Bookmark our new teaser site and check back often for updates surrounding our upcoming content release.

The choice of words used gives a lot away. What sort of released content would be "launched"?
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# 6
03-01-2013, 04:05 PM
If it's not a Romulan faction and a showdown with the Iconians i still will be happy


Why


The Iconians must Pay...they are the reason we are at war....they are the reason there is chaos in the Quadrant...they are the reason the Romulans lost their way and most of all....they are the reason for JJ trek.


FED players KDF players can we all agree we need to finish what was started and wipe the Iconians out of existence

Tonight we dine in Gre'thor
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# 7
03-01-2013, 05:48 PM
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The choice of words used gives a lot away. What sort of released content would be "launched"?
A brand new FE series. I got emails about the one from last year.
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# 8
03-01-2013, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by thutmosis85 View Post
After replacing "March beneath the Raptors Wings" with "Our shadow will dim the stars." it should be pretty obvious by now it's gonna be that Iconian Story Update they were talking about for X-months instead of a Romulan Faction about which they were talking about 0-months
This. I concur.
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# 9
03-02-2013, 04:48 AM
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Originally Posted by thutmosis85 View Post
After replacing "March beneath the Raptors Wings" with "Our shadow will dim the stars." it should be pretty obvious by now it's gonna be that Iconian Story Update they were talking about for X-months instead of a Romulan Faction about which they were talking about 0-months
Or that King Darius, and the Persians have turned their attention to the Alpha quadrant with hegemonic intent...
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# 10
03-01-2013, 03:07 PM
I tend to agree that this season simply setting the stage for a faction being added in Season 9 seems more likely. Their own development comments in blogs lead to that direction of thinking.

None the less, if they surprise me... good.
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