In the recent "Ask Cryptic" the subject of species reselect was brought up again.
Q: (keeny75) Will / Can there be a way to change the species that we are? When I first joined STO I opted for human than later on you released playable Caitian faction in the c-store. I would love to be a Caitian but I don't want to start again from scratch to do it. Dstahl: Now that we are working on a way to respec your traits, this is one option we are considering, but we haven't made a final decision. We generally aren't looking for players to be able to swap their species back and forth as easily as a respec, but we do appreciate that some players may have made a decision that they would like to change. Once we get the Trait respec in game, we will make a call on whether we will open up this option. If there are others that feel strongly about this, it would be good to see some of opinions in the forums.
My question is. How much more feedback is required? This is something that's been requested since beta. There have been many posts and threads over the years asking for this. A brief search through the forums turned up SEVEN of these threads and posts.
The topic also gets covered in this episode of TIE
It's a feature that other MMOs have and this one could benefit from. From a commercial standpoint alone it has the potential for a lot of revenue. There are people who want to be Caitians but don't want to start from scratch, so they've chosen against buying the species. The same thing goes for the other C-store species. There are even people who have opted out of buying lifetime subs because their motivation would be to make a Liberated Borg but they don't want to level from scratch. If these tokens became available not only would these people buy the tokens but they would also buy the species they've been wanting to be. There are also the obvious players who have had a character for ages and have grown tired of the species they chose or disillusioned w/ the racial traits it provided.
WoW was also reluctant to allow this option. Eventually they added the option as a $25 transaction. Every 3 days a player can pay their $25 and change their species and BELIEVE me, there ARE people who change races at the drop of a hat. Again, this is something that has been pointed out in the past in other threads about the same topic.
Well if it is going to go so far as to have a trait respect and maybe then a species change why not a profession change as well. I am sure someone will come up with a convoluted excuse as for why a trait respect or species change is ok, but a profession change is not.
There are many things that are bound to characters like certain ships and items. A new character would solve the profession problem just as it would the trait or species problem, but not replace all that time invested in my original character. Maybe I would like to send him back to the academy for a career change. It is not anymore game breaking than a trait respect, species change, or starting a new character.
Why not have all options available for purchase? I know I would really like to have the option to do all 3.
So because I did not cut and paste points from the original post that were in total support of the original post only I was off topic? Getting back on topic ?especially here? mostly means ignore opinions and suggestions you are not concerned with or care about and keep going.
I know for sure that when Ferasans came out I probably would have paid to change my KDF Orion (my lonely male seducing orion v.v) into a Ferasan, atleast then I would have had hair.
Now all I have is a hairless Orion and another doff-grinder alt that i do not play. Am I wrong that people have been asking for a Re-Species token since beta or headstart? I was pretty sure I heard alot of it back then and pretty steady since.
I'd love to see a re-trait token put in the C-Store. I'd buy one in a heartbeat. When I first started, I had no idea what traits were actually good, so I just went with what sounded cool. A token to let a captain pick a new species, or a new profession would be welcome as well, though I probably wouldn't use the species token unless they come out with some new species (Liberated Borg in the C-Store perhaps?) and I definitely wouldn't change my profession.
Aside from getting a few roleplayers up in arms, I don't see what could possibly be against it (and Cryptic generally doesn't take roleplayers very serious anyway).
There's always going to be someone saying, If you do x you'll ruin Y! Happens with almost every new addition in almost every MMO I've played. Goodness knows it's happened in this game. I remember a while back when they added animation to the BOP wings, some RPer was going on about how the team had ruined the game by making BOP wings move