Now as far as the variants go, I think it takes longer for Klingon ships as Klingon players are pickier on what they like. You can't just add a few angles here and there and expect it to fly. It will take some time. They have already moved faster than most companies.
Heh, then you haven't seen the threads about STO model inaccuracies of the Galaxy, Intrepid, etc. Even after Season 1 update, the Galaxy which was supposed to be "fixed" is still inaccurate.
As far as Klingon ships, they are in the same boat as the Romulans, but not as worse off: There's not been that many classes shown in the movies & TV series.
Bird of Prey - Several types shown and of varying sizes
D7 style - Of which the K'T'Inga falls into. The classic TOS style of KDF ships.
Vor'Cha - From TNG onwards; 2nd most commonly shown KDF ship.
Negv'har - Seen here and there, mostly from DS9.
Raptor - From ENT. Didn't watch the show.
That's it, really. Few types of Klingon warships have been shown on the TV or Movies. Cryptic would probably have to be creative to bring some variety.
And the Romulans are even more worse off as far as canon ships shown on the screen.
Bird of Prey - TOS style, and IIRC, the only Romulan ship type shown in the series.
D'Deridex - Introduced via TNG. Most screen-prolific Romulan ship in all Star Trek.
Scimitar - Introduced and last shown in Nemesis. But a Reman warship.
Valdore - Introduced and last shown in Nemesis.
just wait, rumor in tv land states that since the succes of new latest Star Trek movie, and, can u believe it, this game, people are talking about a new Star Trek series, BUT, not with the Federation as a focal point.
Like I said, it is hear say from forums left and right, but the buzz is getting a bit louder, would love to see some tv series episodes FROM a Klingon perspective, or Rumulan, or Cardassian, with their morals and ways of doing things, interloping in one story thread just from race specific viewpoints.
Federation solely adventures have been done and DONE, time for some fresh perspective, and personally, I really hope the rumors for once are true.
IF it is real, a lot more attention will be given to Klingon ships, classes, details etc, from which then STO can simply refer from.
I think for me personally, I'd like to see skins to suit the major factions that have been enveloped by the Klingon Empire. The Gorn Hegemony ships for instance rightly deserve their own skin, but it would be nice also to see Orion, Nausicaan, or even Lethean craft.
As a Lethean, I must admit that our ships were never shown anywhere, not even a shuttle or something.
But, a good first step would be to make the NPC ships available for the KDF. There are several types of Gorn, Orion and Nausicaan ships in DSEs. They already have some sort of seperation into escort, cruiser, battleship, and if not, they can adapt the BoP system or be science vessels.
They would be just skins without interchangable parts, but it would still be a major improvement of the selection. These ships already have 'all they need' (i.e. battle damage) from a technical point of view. In other words, they are 'there' and wouldn't have to be developed. They wouldn't take away valuable time to work on ridicolous C-Store species, actually I believe it could be done with a simple patch.
Indeed there were many ships that IMO FASA allowed for Klingon Academy and Starfleet Command 2.
To have at least some of them still stick around would be cool.
Nope, the models in KA and the SFC models were completely new from Interplay.
The only connection to another company was the fact that the SFC games used the game mechanics and ship charts from Star Fleet Battles, which is NOT FASA but ADB (Amarillo Design Buerau).
However the ships in SFC looked totally different from the ones in SFB, although names, specs and in-service-dates are the same...well not exactly the same since SFB uses a different timeline and the dates were converted to modern Trek dates.
In any case FASA had nothing to do with any of this...
Oh and to add to the confusion: many models that appeared in SFC also appeared (slightly improved) in KA where they had completely different names, stats and functions.
This was because though Interplay reused the models the entire backstory is completely different since KA is played against the backstory of canon Trek up to Star Trek VI (Sulu in command of the Excelsior, the Praxis explosion and Chang's betrayal are hinted at) while SFC uses the totally different SFB-story about a war between the Feds, Klings etc.
Why add more customization to already customize race? Klingons need more of the love not feds. why is klingons always getting nothing?
Please add more klingon stuff. Thanks.
I'd hope it wouldn't go to C-Store but instead added as a regular option first!
Maybe they should start with just giving us the option to fly Orion and Gorn vessels instead of Klingon ships? Sure, that wouldn't allow the "kitbashing" possible with the Federation, but it still gives some variety. And it seems quite a few players are fond of playing Orion or Gorn instead of a Klingon.
That at least should be the easiest thing to do. Unless they find the current models are lacking in detail perhaps?