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Star Trek Online Season 8 STO MMORPG F2P Sci-Fi MMO Game Legacy of Romulus

Hi Captains!

CaptainGeko here, and wow am I excited tell you about a few new features heading your way in Star Trek Online – the new Ship Management, Load-Outs, and Quick-Equip systems. These systems are really going to change the way you play the game, and we couldn’t be more excited to share them with you.

Ship Management System

Star Trek Online Season 8 STO MMORPG F2P Sci-Fi MMO Game Legacy of Romulus

This system is the core of the 3 new features. Basically, this system will allow you to swap between ships from any public/social (non-instanced) map – like Sector Space, Earth Space Dock, etc. You simply select the ship you want, your old ship will warp away, and your new ship will warp in. But wait, there’s more…

Have you ever logged into the game and wanted to change to your cruiser, escort, etc. but ultimately decided not to because it would take too much time and you only had an hour or so to play? You just didn’t want to invest the 30 or 40 minutes it can take in setting up your new ship build? Well, the new Ship Management System can help you there too as we are introducing another new feature we are calling Load-outs.

 

Load-Outs System

Star Trek Online Season 8 STO MMORPG F2P Sci-Fi MMO Game Legacy of Romulus

This system will allow you to set up pre-set load-outs for each of your ships (two slots are provided for free on each ship, and additional load-out slots may be purchased in the C-Store). When you swap to a different ship, it will remember the load-out you left it in, and you can immediately swap to a different saved load-out if you choose. You don’t even need to have the gear you need in your inventory as swapping load-outs will pull you gear (e.g. weapons, shields, devices, consoles, etc.) from your inventory, other ships, and even your bank (NOTE: it will not be able to pull from your Account Bank, Fleet Bank, or other characters, though). The same gear can be assigned to multiple ships and load-outs. Load-outs can also be set up to remember your Bridge Officers, and soon after the initial implementation of the system is released, load-outs will also remember your Duty Officers and even your Power Tray layout. BAM! You’re ready to go!

When the system launches, you will only be able to edit load-outs of your "readied” ship. So if you want to create or edit a load-out for a different ship, you will have to switch to that ship via a "ship selector” contact. Later, the system will allow you to edit any of your "inactive” ships at the "ship selector” contact without needing to make them your "readied” ship.

 

Quick Equip System

Star Trek Online Season 8 STO MMORPG F2P Sci-Fi MMO Game Legacy of Romulus

To make setting up load-outs even easier, we are introducing the brand-new Quick-Equip system. Simply click on any gear slot in your ship’s status screen and you will see a list of all available gear that can go into that slot. The system will even tell you where that gear is located – whether it is in your inventory, your bank, or on another ship. If you are at a starbase, Quick-Equip will allow you to move gear freely from bank to ship to ship. If you are not at a starbase, Quick-Equip will restrict you to the gear in your inventory and readied small craft, but it will still show you other potential gear you have stored in the bank or on another ship – that gear will just be grayed out. This allows you to know what other options you may have waiting for you. The Quick-Equip system also works when equipping your Captain and Bridge Officers in their status menus.

Finally, with the release of these new systems, we will be raising the cap on starship slots to 50! This really is going to be awesome!

Star Trek Online Season 8 STO MMORPG F2P Sci-Fi MMO Game Legacy of Romulus

The above features are still a work in progress, so with testing, iteration and your valued feedback, details are subject to change. The system will be hitting Tribble soon, so lookout for Feedback threads that will be posted and make sure to try it out for yourself and leave your feedback. Also, as mentioned, some of the above features may release shortly after the launch of Season 8.5 on the 30th of this month.

Star Trek Online Season 8 STO MMORPG F2P Sci-Fi MMO Game Legacy of Romulus

Details on how you can earn this ship for FREE can be found here.

The Breen Plesh Brek Heavy Raider is a fearsome and maneuverable craft that was most commonly seen during the Breen invasion of Defera space. It is sturdier and faster than similar ships within the Raider class of starships. However, unlike Klingon Raiders, it does not have the ability to Cloak.

Ship Details

  • Rank Required: 40, Rear Admiral, Lower Half (Fed); Brigadier General (KDF); Subadmiral I (Rom)
  • Faction: All
  • Availability: Winter Event Reputation Project
  • Hull Strength: 29,700
  • Shield Modifier: 0.88
  • Crew: 50
  • Weapons: 4 Fore, 2 Aft
  • Device Slots: 2
  • Base Turn Rate: 19 degrees per second
  • Impulse Modifier: 0.21
  • Inertia: 75
  • Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Ensign Universal, 2 Lieutenant Universal, 1 Lieutenant Commander Universal
  • Console Modifications: 5 Tactical, 2 Engineering, 3 Science
  • +15 Weapon Power
  • Can Equip Dual Cannons
  • Console – Universal – Sensor Disruption Field
  • Improved Flanking
  • Can equip the Breen Energy Dissipator that is found on the Breen Chell Grett Warship

 

Sensor Disruption Field Universal Console

Star Trek Online Season 8 STO MMORPG F2P Sci-Fi MMO Game Legacy of Romulus

The Breen Plesh Brek comes equipped with a Breen Sensor Disruption Field console. The Breen Sensor Disruptor Field is a devastating tool utilized by the Plesh Brek Heavy Raider to allow it to disrupt nearby enemies' targeting sensors, preventing them from returning fire on the Raider. Affected enemies are also more susceptible to enemy fire.

This console placates nearby foes and causes them to take more damage enemy attacks by reducing their damage resistance. This console can be equipped on either the Breen Plesh Brek Heavy Raider or the Breen Chell Grett Warship, and may be equipped in any console slot.

The Breen Sensor Disruption Field's 3 minute recharge time is reduced to 1 minute 30 seconds recharge if equipped on the Plesh Brek.

 

Set Bonus

Equipping both the Sensor Disruption Field universal console and the Breen Energy Dissipator that is found on the Breen Chell Grett Warship will grant the captain a large skill bonus to Starship Flow Capacitors and Starship Countermeasure Systems. This will enhance the energy draining effect of the Energy Dissipator and increase the amount of damage targets can take before the fragile placate effect from the Sensor Disruption Field console breaks.

 

Improved Flanking

Star Trek Online Season 8 STO MMORPG F2P Sci-Fi MMO Game Legacy of Romulus

The incredibly maneuverable Plesh Brek Heavy Raider will deal a large amount of bonus flanking damage (+33%) when attacking an enemy's rear arc.

Designer’s Comments:

Consistently attacking an enemy's rear arc (where their aft shield facing is) can require some clever positioning, practice and planning. Flanking requires that you strike the rear arc of the target ship and will provide a 33% damage bonus. It should be noted that this damage bonus is significantly reduced against players and it doesn't apply to mines and summon powers like the Scorpion Fighter device, Gravity Well or Tyken's Rift. It does apply to all energy weapons, all torpedoes (that don't spawn mines) and damage powers like Tractor Beam and Photonic Shockwave.

Our goal is to use the Plesh Brek's Flanking ability as a prototype to fine to tune it before eventually rolling it out to Klingon Raiders along with some other minor improvements to these ships. It should be noted that Klingon Raiders will receive a slightly weaker version Flanking bonus (+25% instead of the Plesh Brek's +33%).

 

Unique Bridge

Star Trek Online Season 8 STO MMORPG F2P Sci-Fi MMO Game Legacy of Romulus

Star Trek Online Season 8 STO MMORPG F2P Sci-Fi MMO Game Legacy of Romulus

The Breen Plesh Brek Heavy Raider is equipped with the unique Breen Bridge. While visiting your bridge, you will also be able to access your Account Shared Bank, move into a Small Craft, and contact different ship departments for Duty Officer Assignments. This bridge has also been added as a choice for the Breen Chel Grett Warship, in addition to the current factional bridges it has access to.

 

NOTE: The above stats and systems are subject to change. The box that the ship comes in, which cannot be opened until the minimum rank listed above, is bound to character upon pickup.

 

We hope you enjoy the Plesh Brek and look forward to seeing you flying one in-game!

Phil "Gorngonzolla" Zeleski
Systems Designer
Star Trek Online

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