I'm not overtly suggesting a civil war scenario but I really can't see how any faction can compete directly with the Federation in terms of sales or popularity in a Star Trek game... and I think that requires innovative thinking. I don't believe in "Build it and they will come." I think it's a strategy that's a setup for failure and one that, at best, will give the KDF a stable third of the game's playerbase.
But I can see that changing if you treat the Feds as two out of three factions. For C-Store purposes, both Fed factions would get all or most of the same releases. But maybe one of those two Fed factions doesn't get those Fed releases and instead gets shared releases with with the Klingons. It changes the story in terms of tracking, numbers and development.
Effectively, the third faction would be the "middle faction" between Feds and KDF, maybe a flat out Omega Force faction.
I don't think this is an idea that would win a popularity contest nor am I trying to argue that it should. But I think it might win a practicality contest and benefit Klingons in strategic ways, by splitting off half the Feds and making them part of a group whose game development interests are served by Klingon development over pure Fed development.
HMM, on second thought I could imagine this might work if the Feds (or rather Starfleet) was split into an exploration and combat branch.
This would be similar to your Omega Force idea.
In terms of development and releases this could also mean that the exploration branch would focus more on science ships and cruisers while the combat branch would focus on escorts, combat-oriented cruisers and probably science ships that are more like combat scouts (something currently missing from the game aside from ships like the fleet Nova)
I understand where you're coming from, but quite honestly I can't see it making the situation better, though it might make it worse.
On the other hand, I don't think the idea is totally crappy. I think that, if they wanted, Cryptic could add new ships to the Omega Reputation store (or alternatively to the Romulan Reputation store), which would be cross-faction, and open to a wide variety of players.
For example, you could have an Omega Force Bird of Prey (with a Federation texture/skin on a Klingon B'rel class model), equivalent to Fleet hardware, available for cross-faction purchase. Or something like an Omega Force Long Range Science Vessel; again, a Federation model with a Klingon texture/skin, again available to both factions.
If that was successful, they could see about releasing new ships directly into the Reputation store.
I think the problem, of course, is that the people screaming about how the factions aren't distinct enough would scream even harder...
OP, how would this benefit sales for Cryptic? I don't really see them wanting to split their focus without a good reason to do so. As it is Cryptic is practically bribing players to roll KDF alts; but more than that I don't see them being willing to do.
See, you're coming at this like faction equality is achievable and/or desirable. Its not. I think the rep system is as close as we'll get to having more factions. And I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing at all.
Last edited by skyranger1414; 11-03-2012 at 03:36 PM.