This has been asked for a few times before and nothing ever came of it.
As a rule of thumb in MMOs (and probably many other things), half naked females = "ah dude awesome" and half naked males = "Omg what is this (insert derogatory name for homosexual male here) doodoo". (Political correctness FTW.)
Most guys have issues dealing with sexuality, that's why homosexual females are ok for them and males aren't but I digress... most gamers are predominately male who like pixels shaped to look like female parts and as the saying goes, sex sells.
Oh and, if not to do with sexism, why even mention it?
and before anyone asks, this is the reman borg tactical officer, he has a few extra tailor options removing his borg pants/hips takes his pants off. (you can also take his boots off and he will have bare feet)
Given Cryptic have demonstrated new costume tech in some of the recent and new missions (where your character has costumes substituting or overlayed above your existing garb) I think we're more likely to see dynamic beachwear for characters beaming down to Risa, and hopefully only Risa.
I would personally never use this option as there are no place for hot man-scapped men onboard the ISS Hell Bore, but I'm not going to be offended if they have the art department take some time out to add it.
There has also been several STNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise episodes that Females and males have appeared in either bathing suits or their underwear. I don't think it has anything to do about CBS saying no or the Devs saying no. I think it has something to do about ratings. If you recall not to long ago there was some idiot who had a program that allowed him to view female character sin the nude. Plus graphics on a half dressed character calls for more graphic skins to be developed. And where do you draw the line at what is appropriate and what is not and to keep the rating of the game from going in to a different category.
I think a lot of players chose Female Orion just to see her run around in a scantly clad outfit. Just be happy that they are coming out with a Summer event, maybe when they work around the issues of whatever is keeping them from releasing bathing suits, they will release them. I don't see why they don't release the Orion Female Slave out fit as a Clothing option package in the Zen store. Along with this package they could offer the bathing suit option for all factions.
The reason beachwear has not made it in game, is CBS does not want starfleet captains running around space in swimwear. it is unprofessional and doesn't work with the IP as it is established. Keep in mind the Orion outfits, while skimpy ARE canon. This is normal wear for them. Not saying it is good or bad, but the fact is that it is a typical for an Orion. Not so much for a Romulan/Klingon/Starfleet Captain. CBS has said (via dev quotes) that the only way they would allow beachwear is if it was restricted to Risa, or some equivalent (since KDF can't actually go to Risa).
So, let me get this straight...
As of 2387, Cryptic's change to the uniform code permits on-duty female Starfleet Officers to run around Spacedock, Starfleet Academy, and the Borg Unicomplex in mini-skirts and crop tops. They can open their jackets to show cleavage, and only cleavage. No undershirts allowed. This is perfectly fine, yet if these officers want to run around a beach or social instance in a one-piece bathing suit, it's totally out of the question?
I'm not even getting into the gender politics of Star Trek Online, with the blatant heteronormative sexual pandering in the disparity of costume options between men and women. In the context of what women can already wear on duty, their reasoning is incredibly stupid.
Last edited by starboardnacelle; 06-26-2013 at 01:03 AM.