In last week’s blog (which can be found here), we provided an overview of the new Tech Upgrade system that will be coming with the release of Delta Rising, and now it’s time to put that to good use – we’re releasing part of the Tech Upgrade system early, so that you can upgrade your equipment in preparation for your journey to the Delta Quadrant!
The Tech Upgrade system allows you to use Tech Upgrades to improve the Mark of your gear, and has a chance to improve their quality (color) as well. For the pre-release of Delta Rising, we’re including Tech Upgrades as craftable gear, and you’ll be able to use Tech Upgrades to improve your gear to Mark XIII, ultra-rare (ultraviolet) quality! Mark XIV and epic (gold) quality will not be available until Delta Rising is released.
Naturally, upgrading your best endgame gear will be most effective if you use the best Tech Upgrades, so keep working on your R&D schools. Level 5 in an R&D school will allow you to craft Basic Tech Upgrades, level 10 will open access to Improved Tech Upgrades, and level 15 grants the ability to craft Superior Tech Upgrades. Focus on the school associated with the gear that you want to upgrade first – if you really want to improve your ship’s shields, work on your Shields R&D skill.
In addition, Research and Development Packs found in the C-Store now include Upgrade Accelerator items to improve your upgrade results.
To help promote the new Tech Upgrade system, we’re holding a special event in three parts. Log in to Holodeck during the event and you’ll be able to claim bonus rewards to get a head start on upgrading your equipment.
You should speak with a special contact to acquire your reward. Starfleet officers speak with Lieutenant Shelby on Earth Spacedock, KDF officers speak with Commander Hugor on Qo’noS, and Romulan Republic officers speak with Lieutenant Tirar at New Romulus Command. In each case, you’ll find your contact at the appropriate ground equipment requisitions area.
From about 10 AM PDT on September 25 until 10 AM PDT on September 29, you can log in and speak to your faction contact to gain 3 superior ground gear tech upgrades, 3 superior shield tech upgrades, and 1 major tech accelerator.
From about 10 AM PDT on October 2 until 10 AM PDT on October 6, you can log in and speak to your faction contact to gain 3 superior science tech upgrades, 3 superior engineering tech upgrades, and 1 major tech accelerator.
From about 10 AM PDT on October 9 until 10 AM PDT on October 13, you can log in and speak to your faction contact to gain 3 superior beam tech upgrades, 3 superior cannon tech upgrades, 3 superior projectile tech upgrades, and 1 major tech accelerator.
Log in for all three Tech Upgrade events and you can claim all of the rewards! These items are bound to your character, but each character can claim their own set of the reward items.
We’ll see you in-game as everyone prepares for new dangers in Star Trek Online: Delta Rising!