Excellent interview. Gave more away than I was expecting.
I also really like the idea of steadily and safely building up the team in a financially responsible way. Just confirms that the game is here to stay. Makes me very happy.
Agreed. Debt is a killer.
I also want to applaud Dan for giving a concrete reason why he can't divulge details. PWE said he can't. Ok, cool. I have a similar agreement with my employer. Just nice to have a definitive reason instead of something more nebulous.
Okay so... This was a really interesting interview!
1. I really love the fact that the team work within a budget where they won't ever be in debt and can continue to develop the game with what funds they have! This is extremely comforting to me because I've been a little concerned about the games longevity. A lot of the comments made by Mr. Stahl have given me a lot of assurances on that matter.
2. Iconians! I'm more on edge of my seat now about the May update now considering the hint that "May" will set the stage for the future of the Iconian story arc that has been on most of our minds for so long! Answers and some awesome gameplay elements are on there way!
This was by far the simplest and most basic interview to date, but in my opinion, It has been the Most Informative!
Would be interesting to see how or why such said race like iconians that were around along time and have now just resurfaced within the last centure in the franchise and in the game why they couldn't just use their high level of technology which is way ahead of what the races of the alpha quadrant have now and why they can't just use brute force.
Another thing on the factions is I'm wondering if the people at Cryptic including Mr. Stahl feel they are doing the relation between the Federation and KDF like a TOS game where as if they ended the war it would give a more DS9 feel to the game. Both factions are icons of the Star Trek franchise but the TOS episodes and movies always brough content of being enemies but as time went by certain races explained how at one point they will have to become allies to survive but this is like a TOS game between the factions not actually progressing. On the other hand like the speech Daniels gave archer about all these alpha quadrant factions fighting sphere builders in the future it would feel more canon if this game kind of bridged the beginings of that even though we aren't going to have the Enterprise-J ingame. Another thing is getting more involved in a Federation/Klingon Alliance again with the Romulans going into it 100% with New Romulus would more so add to the flavor of the game.