We have been taking a closer look at our Tutorial and recognizing that while it is a fun and exciting mission, it doesn’t do enough to explain key concepts or touch on some of the more complex combat systems in the game. We have a strong desire to revamp our Tutorial to provide more guidance and training on how to use all the various systems in the game. When we do that update in the future, we have also considered moving some of the tutorial to Starfleet Academy, so it is a possibility to see this in the future.
I was talking to a friend about this and we have a suggestion: Start the game with the Kobayashi Maru:
"Welcome to Star Trek Online. To move forward, hit the-HOLY CRAP CAPTAIN, THE KLINGONS!"
Similar to the opening in Star Trek II...the player fails, and then a notable NPC comes in for a debrief. (Spiner was our first choice, but I think the game still has Data as the Enterprise Captain in 2409 - 2387 was all I could confirm quickly - but I know there's already a fan campaign to get Tim Russ into the game. Tuvok has history with the academy so that might fit well too!)
After the debrief, the star NPC could give you a short tour of the academy, where you learn all the combat systems and minigames before they assign you to your ship and - oh no, the Borg attack! - and the existing start of the game begins.
Maybe as an added bonus, players could return to the Academy/Headquarters later as a social area or for non-xp combat training to test out new ships/gear.
We’re very lucky to have a talented group of designers who work with our scripts and development tools to create the exciting missions you experience. You can see their hard work in our recently released Feature Episode series featuring the Breen and the Devidians.Members of our content team have claims to fame such as working on the original Fallout, to creating expansions for Oblivion, to creating the “simlish” language featured in all the Sims games.
Thats great the Shivering Isles was awesome(though as I know TES IV had just 1 official xpack).