Tuesday, December 22, 2009

STO: Nimoy Jones Cast, Klingons, New Trailer

It may be Christmas week but Cryptic continues its blitz of information about Star Trek Online coming this February.

First up, Star Trek's original Mr. Spock, Leonard Niamey is joining the voice cast of the game. According to IGN he will provide voiceover for the game's introduction, key scenes and events. A press release further explains but to the main question, yes he will be perofrming as Spock. As the video shows, it seems he is going to be the narrator that informs gamers the state of the Star Trek Universe that they are about to join as Captains at the game's beginning.

Atari president and CEO Jim Wilson adds, "Mr. Nimoy's participation in Star Trek Online brings the game to a whole new level. When Star Trek fans hear his voice they will know that Star Trek Online truly is part of the Star Trek universe."

Next is a new trailer called "The Veil of Space" part one that seems designed to show off not only the graphics of the game but likely how some missions will be presented to players. It also further illustrates that the Federation is engaged in all out war with the Klingons, something always alluded to but never really seen in the various series.

Speaking of Klingons, last bit of news is a Q&A with Lead Content Designer Zeke Sparkes as he talks about the race and aspects of their PvP play. The full interview is here, a few highlights below.

- PvP is designed to be an "alternate source of character progression", not a requirement so players that don't participate will not miss out on important story elements.
- Some PvP is instanced, other use static maps. How instance is employed varies depending on mode (challenge, dueling, etc) with matchmaking based on rank.
- There is PvP and PvE only rewards in equipment but no division on how enhances the players (so PvP won equipment will help you in PvE play and vice versa)
- Klingons' problems include Romulans, Cardassians, Dominion and more.
- PvP is available from the beginning, rank based and can advance only in PvP rather than PvE if choose to (most games require PvE to rank up enough to get most out of PvP play).
- The goal is more strategic PvP play rather than straight brawl especially for PvP maps with objectives to achieve.

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