The purpose of this vendor is for the developers of Star Trek Online to be able to receive and respond to your feedback on these items and powers, without needing to wait until they are available on Holodeck, and without requiring max-level in the Reputation system.
With that in mind, some of the high-tier rewards that won't be obtainable on Holodeck for several weeks may require polish.
There may be some bugs and placeholder animations or FX.
Season 7 Test Items:
Players may now visit a contact on DS9 that will allow them to purchase many different items that would otherwise require high tiers of Reputations in order to obtain.
Several store inventories are available, and include old and new Omega and Romulan Space Sets, Omega Ground Sets, and all of the newly-introduced unique items associated with each of these Reputations.
There is also a TEST ITEM inventory which includes Consoles for space and Armors for ground that will grant players the powers associated with the Reputation Trees.
Different variants are available, and each contains different powers.
This vendor is only going to be available for a limited amount of time.
I know I could wait and see for myself, but since I'm at work and bored, what is required to purchase these items and such on tribble? I am hoping nothing so everyone can go hog wild and get some good data both for the players and for you.
Also, why a limited amout of time? And how much time is limited?
A few quick things to point out in regards to these items:
For the purposes of testing Reputation Space Powers, only equip one Test Console from each Reputation at a time. Equipping both from a single Rep may skew test results and experiences, as doing so will grant you both options from each tier which players do not have the option of doing in a real-world environment.
Fun? Yes. But inaccurate.
This doesn't really apply to Ground since you can only slot a single Armor item anyway.
Also, there is a known bug with the Flamethrower, which causes it to behave erratically while in Shooter Mode. This is also the reason it has been pulled from Holodeck temporarily, while we integrate new technology to allow it to function correctly. It should work fine in RPG Mode.
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