The team is very excited about the response to the Foundry going into Open Beta. Already we have seen some great missions come in over the weekend and it shows a bright future ahead where the community has a direct impact on the stories being told throughout the galaxy. We are already passing around our favorite fan made missions internally, and I can say that we're impressed! We knew you could make awesome missions and considering the tools will improve over time, this is only going to get more awesome.
In the coming weeks we will be working diligently behind the scenes to address stability and scalability. The Foundry will be offline at times as we make large infrastructure updates to prepare Tribble and Holodeck for full scale production of the missions you'll be creating.
As we continue with this initial testing phase of the product, what follows is a basic Roadmap for where the Foundry is today, and what features and updates you can expect in the near future.
Foundry Launch – Beta Feature Goals
The following list of features are supported in the current Open Beta (v.03) release of The Foundry.
Play missions authored by the community
Search for missions in the new Remote Contact Tab by author or mission name
Browse mission ratings and descriptions
Rate the missions you've just played
Sign up to be a Reviewer and give early feedback on new missions
Share links to new missions via a short key code
Manage your Foundry Projects
All users can create new Foundry projects
Create test characters for testing missions in the isolated Foundry environment
Select whether the mission is for the Federation or KDF
Share the project with other players by publishing it
Monitor the publishing progress
New drag and drop flowchart-based mission editor
Customize the NPC that gives you the mission
Create and arrange mission objectives via drag and drop
Create objectives to interact with one or more objects on a map
Create objectives to defeat one or more enemy groups on a map
Create objectives to reach a location on a map
Create objectives to talk to one or more NPCs on a map
Create objectives that can take place on open-world social maps or custom maps
Combine objectives into a “Complete All” group of simultaneous mission objectives
Customize how transition between maps takes place, including prompts and text
Add custom pop-up prompts before or after objectives and map transitions
Creating your own Custom Maps in the Editor
Create your own maps based on existing pre-built space, ground, and interior maps
Create a completely custom space mission map
Edit these maps using an easy to work with two dimensional map view
Customize the location where players spawn into the map
Choose from a set of map backdrops (sky, sound, and lighting)
Place detail objects from a large library of different types of objects
Populate space maps with planets, rings, comets, and debris fields
Populate ground maps with buildings
Place contacts using pre-built costumes or custom costumes you make yourself
Place friendly or enemy encounters in your maps
Customize the positions and costumes for each actor in your encounters
Place “go to” markers that can be used to complete objectives
Place respawn points for players to help with mission flow and player defeat
Customize some behavior options for friendly and enemy groups
Mission previewing and personal testing
A method to preview your content while in the editor for testing while creating a project
Preview a mission from the beginning or from a specified objective
Preview an existing map to determine if it is one you might want to use
Kill enemies with one button press to speed up testing
Enter “God Mode” to make your test character temporarily invincible
Custom costume creator
Create ship or ground character costumes based on existing costume pieces
Edit and save costumes for use as contacts, enemy actors, or friendly actors
The Foundry for Star Trek Online is not complete. There are additional updates coming to fill out the feature set. Dates and feature sets for these updates are being determined, but the expectation is to provide regular updates in upcoming STO releases in 2011.
Okay. It's been 1 year and 1 month. And now it's 2012.
Please provide us with an update, dstahl. I'm sure we'd all greatly appreciate it!
Are you familiar with the Infamous 2 UGC Editor? The Foundry pales by comparison (and I say this with all due respect to you, sincerely), and it was made for a single player game, which as a result has a limited life cycle. I estimate that The Foundry only has about 5% of the features that are available in the Infamous 2 UGC Editor. If you've never seen it, please pick up a copy of the game and see it firsthand. It really will blow your mind.
Knowing there is something out there that puts The Foundry to shame is very disappointing for me personally. STO is an MMO -- its life cycle is undetermined and hopefully many, many years away. The things we could do if we had the Infamous 2 UGC Editor in STO would greatly benefit this game and could even be its saving grace. Not having it just makes me sad.