Lt. Commander
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# 1 Comments on "Ask Cryptic #21"
03-05-2010, 08:58 PM
http://www.startrekonline.com/node/1275

My additions/comments are in yellow.

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Welcome to the 21st installment of Ask Cryptic, where we put the questions you ask to our development team. In this issue we are focusing our discussion on Klingons. Read more to learn about Star Trek Online!


Ripcurl: Cryptic used to be known widely for offering deep customization in their games yet the Klingon side (especially the females) has barely any customization besides the alien species options we borrowed from the Feds creator. So I would like to know if/when we will finally get more customization option love on our side?

You can expect to see more customization to all species in the Klingon Alliance, both male and female, as well as Klingon ships. This will occur with most of the major updates.

This is a question about fluff rather than content. Fine. Let's get that out of the way and get to the good stuff....

Ripcurl: Mek'leth's, when/will/can we have them? Please? The art is already in the game and the NPC's already have animations using them against us, so it doesn't seem like something that would be super hard to give us for some alternatives from each other. Any chances of getting other melee weapon types other species might have used (Nausicaan Energy Lance that's in the art book maybe)?

The short answer is yes. In an upcoming update, we have plans for more mêlée weapons, including mek’leths, more bat’leth variations, lirpa, Nausicaan sword, katana, Andorian ushaan, and more. The Nausicaan energy lance is not a mêlée weapon, but it will be available soon as well.

Okay well this is another fluff question. Sure, new melee weapons would be neato. Melee isn't that great anyway so it's really not that important that we get a "Mek'leth". Whatever that is.

Rienen: Many Klingon players are concerned about the lack of purpose in the current PVP system and what it means to the future of the Empire. Are there any plans to provide a more meaningful PVP system, such as "Open PvP" zones or capturable systems/planets/starbases that would then provide faction bonuses and rewards for holding?

I don't think it would be likely that we will ever allow the Klingons to invade Earth Space Doc as a random open world event. PvP in STO will always be consensual.

Good question. .... they didn't really answer it, did they? We have learned that we will not be invading Space Doc. I don't think that's what the person's question was about.

MisterMiracle: The biggest drawback right now to Klingon faction play is a near total lack of immersion. This is in part related to the limited customization options, and in part due to the lack of a strong (or really any) overarching storyline for your Klingon character. The repetitive PVP queuing produces a character more like the protagonist of a shooter than a fully realized RPG. What plans do you have to give players a greater sense of immersion while playing Klingon faction?

Ship customization will start to come out in the next update. More ship and character customization will follow shortly after that. There is also a new tier 2 battle cruiser set for release in the next update. Due to the community’s demand, we are also releasing more PvE content - fleet actions, Special Tasks Forces, Star Clusters and, down the road, unique episodes. Eventually you will be able to play a Klingon character to General with PvE alone.

Okay, more ship customization. I thought you already answered this. And more PvE. I do support Special Task Force and Star Cluster conversions of Fed content for Klingons but please don't get carried away -- we need better PvP content first. We are a PvP team, after all.

FrostyJones: If/When new factions are released; will there be larger PvP maps (FvKvRvC for example)?

New factions are being evaluated along with new PvP maps, including 3 sided PvP maps.

At last, something that sounds good! How long away is content that is being "evaluated"?

BrianDavion: Does Cryptic intend to ever create content where Klingon and federation characters can intermingle outside of PVP, be it raidisodes both sides can partake in together, or a social environment (such as Nimbus III?)

Yes. Look for some pretty soon. : )

Fluff.

HyenaZERO: Female Gorn? Ever?

Probably not.

Fluff.

Chaktak: Will we see any other ships and clothing added to our faction, so an Orion can be made to look like one, and actually be able to fly an Orion ship? Right now the other side races in the Klingon faction seem to be all Klingon step children. And it would add greatly to immersion if the other races were more stand alone, if you know what I mean.

It has been considered, but right now it is more important to offer more customization to the existing Klingon ships. I don’t think Orions, Nausicaans and Gorn are anymore stepchildren to the Klingons then Vulcans, Andorians or Bajorans are to the Federation. That being said, one of the things we want to do is add more ship types at the end game. There is no reason some of those ships can't be Orion, Nausicaan and Gorn ships for the Klingon side.

More customization?! Do they think that this is the leading KDF issue that they really need to address in so many ways?

Lugh: When will that Federation woman be forced to be quiet and a proper Klingons voice becomes my computer?

We have been studying the Klingon computers, and we are close to unraveling the viral matrix that has replaced the voice of the Klingon computer with that of the Federation. Assuming there is no further trickery by the Federation, Klingon Captains should hear more suitable notifications in the near future.

Fluff!

GreatMaker69: Will Cryptic ever have more PVP events like the one at the end of Open Beta?

We have plans for a bunch of new PvP maps and even some PvP events down the line. There are lots of new PvP features, and new space and ground games planned. A persistent territory game is being worked on, but a release date has not yet been determined. We plan on supporting PvP gameplay on a regular basis.

I would love to hear more about this. New PvP content for the team that was originally billed as the PvP team would be great. You have to admit that the starting PvP content is pretty basic.

NX02: Could Cryptic add "Klingon themed" music for missions and other environments also Klingon themed fanfare instead of "Starfleet" you win a mission or return to sector space?

We intend to expand our musical offerings as time goes on. As for Klingon-themed fanfares, that is a glorious suggestion. We will indeed take this under consideration with the High Council.

Fluff!!
So, lets recap:
  • Klingons will soon be able to customize costumes and ships.
  • Klingons are getting more PvE and we already know exactly what that's going to look like because we've already seen generally what's available on the Fed side.
  • Klingons will soon be able to customize costumes and ships.
  • Non-specific PvP additions are coming! Eventually! In some form or another!
  • Klingons will soon be able to customize costumes and ships.

This has been a very good Ask Cryptic session and I know many of you are relieved that you will soon be able to customize your costume. And your ship.
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# 2
03-05-2010, 09:05 PM
Incidentally, 3 sided PvP maps really do sound great. That might make for a nice challenge when it's 1 pre-made and 2 pugs -- as the pre-made starts dominating the two pug teams from the other two factions will most likely end up working together, incidentally if not on purpose. (They could actually implement these maps now if they wanted -- 1 Fed team and 2 Klingon 'Houses'!)

I'm just afraid that since they require a whole other faction, we are looking towards a period of time which is almost certainly well beyond my ability to keep repeating the current deathmatch PvP maps.
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# 3
03-05-2010, 09:17 PM
That thread was more than ten pages long - not only did they pick out the least telling of questions but so did they answer them in the most predictable way imaginable. Did any of us really doubt that they were going to eventually do any of these things? Since they're not really going to give us any answers, dates, or explanations I suggest they refrain from hosting these little Q&A sessions and put out a page every few weeks that says "We're going to add content". Same message, less fluff. Maybe with the saved time they could fix a bug or two....
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# 4
03-05-2010, 09:22 PM
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A persistent territory game is being worked on
mmmm I like the sound of that, mix that with 3 factions and this could be a winner, worked for Planetside.
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# 5
03-05-2010, 09:29 PM
yeah you think the Q system is messed up w/just 2 factions....but 3? lmfao! i'd really like to see it, but only after a lot of work is done to the Queue.

agreed, nothing new here that can't be garnered from looking at the release notes, state of the game, and that new 'tentative calendar' they have up.

granted, they're working on a lot of stuff right now, but.....
we're tired of hearing, 'it's in the works!'
disapointment.

hope the guys at CS are enjoying those Atari bonuses from getting the game out in time.
hope they remember who's paying for them....

and i dont mean Fed subscribers.
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# 6
03-05-2010, 09:39 PM
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Lugh: When will that Federation woman be forced to be quiet and a proper Klingons voice becomes my computer?

We have been studying the Klingon computers, and we are close to unraveling the viral matrix that has replaced the voice of the Klingon computer with that of the Federation. Assuming there is no further trickery by the Federation, Klingon Captains should hear more suitable notifications in the near future.

Fluff!
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Thats not Fluff to me , thats ceereeiclae business Dont want no starfleet lady talking in my Klingon ship
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# 7
03-05-2010, 11:39 PM
It's nice to see they used my question about meaningful PVP. It would've been nice though had they actually ANSWERED it.

Like Slamz said, all we now know is that we won't be invading Sol and, according to this, "PvP in STO will always be consensual."
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# 8
03-06-2010, 02:00 AM
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Rienen: Many Klingon players are concerned about the lack of purpose in the current PVP system and what it means to the future of the Empire. Are there any plans to provide a more meaningful PVP system, such as "Open PvP" zones or capturable systems/planets/starbases that would then provide faction bonuses and rewards for holding?

I don't think it would be likely that we will ever allow the Klingons to invade Earth Space Doc as a random open world event. PvP in STO will always be consensual.
This question and answer reminds me of this.
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# 9
03-06-2010, 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Rienen View Post
It's nice to see they used my question about meaningful PVP. It would've been nice though had they actually ANSWERED it.

Like Slamz said, all we now know is that we won't be invading Sol and, according to this, "PvP in STO will always be consensual."
I had the same with the Ask Cryptic skills.

They answered a different question to what was asked.

I think it maybe a suggestion that they work with some community representatives or something before just posting these or at least pass them round for some proof reading.

Its a situation which they should not be in. After all they get to pick the questions they want answering so why pick questions you cant / dont answer?

/facepalm
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# 10
03-06-2010, 02:39 AM
It was a bit naff all the big questions didn't get answered or given a very weak response. I would have asumed that they would have had some decent answers for us and thats why they invited our questions.
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