Star Trek Online®: Season 13 – Escalation

Star Trek Online

This update continues the Tzenkethi War and Debuts Competitive PvE Queues

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – April 25, 2017 – Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of free-to-play MMORPGs, and Cryptic Studios have announced Star Trek® Online: Season 13 – Escalation is now available on PC and will release on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 at a later date. The latest season introduces brand new episodic content and gameplay features to the of the 100% free-to-play MMORPG based on iconic Star Trek franchise. This includes a new featured episode continuing the Tzenkethi War story arc, improvements to matchmaking, class-specific set gear and the new War Games system, which allows players to team up in competitive PvE scenarios. To celebrate the launch of Season 13 – Escalation, Star Trek Online is offering captains the chance to win a six-day Star Trek cruise across the Atlantic, plus every starship currently available in the C-Store for the PC version of the game.

The war against the Tzenkethi rages on with the arrival of Season 13 – Escalation. The Lukari are on a journey to rediscover their ancient home world and the secrets it contains, though an unexpected intervention by the Tzenkethi may put a damper on their homecoming. Political intrigue, exploring a bustling city and fantastic action set pieces all take place in the latest featured episode, “Mirrors and Smoke,” which is available now with today’s PC update.

Season 13 – Escalation also marks the debut of War Games. This new system offers Star Trek Online captains new ways to compete with one another by pitting two teams of five players against each other in competitive PvE scenarios. Players join forces to solve puzzles and race through the galaxy earning valuable rewards, including class-specific ships. To optimize this new type of queue, a new Player Potential System has also been introduced to match players of similar skill. Here is more about these features and other content introduced with Season 13:

New Featured Episode – In the new episode, “Mirrors and Smoke,” captains will travel with the Lukari to New Kentar and defend the planet from the Tzenkethi.

War Games System – Season 13 marks the debut of War Games, new competitive PvE scenarios which pit two teams of five players against each other for rewards.

“Core Assault” – A space-based 5v5 Convergence-class scenario, where two flights of captains compete to cross the finish line in a space station based in the Adelphous System.

“Binary Circuit” – A ground-based 5v5 Gauntlet-class scenario where captains will solve puzzles and complete various challenges in a Borg Co-operative Cube.

Rebalance Pass – A full rebalance pass has been made to ground and space combat to ensure that no matter what choice captains make when outfitting their skills or ship, it isn’t a wrong one.

Player Potential System – Matchmaking for Star Trek Online has been improved with the new Player Potential System, which evaluates players based on various factors, such as their characters’ equipment, specialization and participation in competitive matches.

New Reputation – When you participate in Season 13’s War Games, queues will be rewarded with new Competitive Marks and Assessed Stratagems. The marquee rewards from this set feature class-specific set gear for the first time ever in Star Trek Online. You can choose to equip any of these three sets for your starship, and mix and match the individual sets as you see fit.

You can celebrate the release of Season 13: Escalation by entering a contest to win a six-day cruise across the Atlantic. From now through May 5, players can visit the Star Trek Online blog to participate in this sweepstakes. One winner will be selected to receive an ocean-view cabin for two on Star Trek: The Cruise II, a six-day voyage hosted by George Takei and other Star Trek actors. In addition, the winner will be granted every starship currently available in the C-Store of Star Trek Online’s PC version. For more information on Star Trek: The Cruise II, please visit http://www.startrekthecruise.com/.

Retro – 10 Years – Star Trek: Legacy

First Contact

I just had to post this..

10 years ago (or so), in a galaxy far away…

Rockville, MD – August 14, 2006 – Bethesda Softworks® announced today that all five actors who portrayed the STAR TREK series captains – William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks, and Kate Mulgrew – will provide voiceovers in the STAR TREK: Legacy™ video game. The collaboration marks the first time the five actors have participated in a single STAR TREK project together.

“I am delighted to have the chance to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek with my fellow captains by providing our voices to STAR TREK: Legacy,” said Shatner. “Bethesda Softworks has done an excellent job in creating an exciting game that stays true to Star Trek’s roots and accurately incorporates elements from each series.”

STAR TREK: Legacy is in development for both the Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC. STAR TREK: Legacy is scheduled to launch this fall under license from CBS Consumer Products. The STAR TREK franchise, which debuted with the Original Series in 1966, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this fall.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the five actors who portrayed the STAR TREK captains take part in this project,” said Todd Vaughn, vice president of development, Bethesda Softworks. “Their participation, especially since it takes place during the series’ 40th anniversary, will add to the fun and excitement of the game and emphasizes our commitment to provide fans with the most authentic STAR TREK experience possible.”

The five actors will reprise their roles from their respective series as follows:
• William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk from the STAR TREK: The Original Series – 1966-1969
• Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard from STAR TREK: The Next Generation® – 1987-1994
• Avery Brooks as Captain Benjamin Lafayette Sisko from STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine® –1993-1999
• Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway from STAR TREK: Voyager® – 1995-2001
• Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer in STAR TREK: Enterprise™ – 2001-2005

STAR TREK: Legacy places you in the role of the Admiral of a task force of warships, which you control in small and large-scale battles. Test your strategic and tactical skills in real-time combat featuring over 60 authentic spaceships, full damage modeling, and spectacular visual effects. Play through the single-player campaign or in the extensive multiplayer mode with a group of friends online.
The compelling storyline in Legacy spans the entire STAR TREK Universe, including the Original Series, STAR TREK: The Next Generation®, STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine®, STAR TREK: Voyager®, and STAR TREK: Enterprise™ eras. STAR TREK: Legacy is being developed under the direction of Bethesda Softworks at the studios of Mad Doc Software, creators of the highly successful and critically acclaimed STAR TREK Armada II.
Celebrity acquisition and voice production services provided by Blindlight LLC.
STAR TREK: Legacy has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information on the title, visit the official Web site at http://startrek.bethsoft.com.