The day is here, Star Trek Online fans! It is October 9th and the Age of Discovery launches today for PC players, bringing Cryptic’s beloved MMORPG to the most recent series with a brand new starting experience, two new Discovery episodes, a new Task Force Operation to defend Starbase 1, and a shiny new look for the Mission Journal.
Let’s briefly recap, shall we? The Age of Discovery update allows fleet captains to explore all-new content based on the CBS All Access series, Star Trek: Discovery, while they wait for season 2 of the show (or just to enjoy in general, that’s also fine). Players will be able to dive right into the new content and create a brand new Starfleet Captain from the Discovery timeline in the year 2256, right after the Battle at the Binary Stars, and go forth and fight the Klingons with Cadet Sylvia Tilly, voiced by Mary Wiseman herself.
The Age of Discovery launch is just the beginning, marking the start of a whole host of future updates that will introduce more Star Trek: Discovery content as time goes by. In November, Captains will be able to join the first Featured Task Force Operation, which will be centered around the Battle at the Binary Stars. Following that, you’ll be exploring the forest planet of Pahvo from Star Trek: Discovery episode “Into the Forest I Go”, which will occur during Star Trek Online’s anniversary event early 2019.
New players will see level requirements unlocked for all of Star Trek Online’s story content, and also offers a more streamlined mission flow. Active captains, meanwhile, can enjoy the benefits of the new Random Task Force Operation System, which lets you queue for a random TFO for a bonus reward, and added Reputation Tiers, extended to Tier 6 with upgrades for existing rewards as well as some new ones. Players from all factions can experience the two new Discovery era episodes, where they’ll need to fight off Klingon attempting to get onboard the U.S.S. Glenn, as well as defend Starbase 1 from a Klingon House D’Ghor assault.
There’s plenty to be doing with the launch of the Age of Discovery update, so better hop to it!
It’s really awesome to see how Cryptic are handling different timelines in Star Trek Online between the different shows, finally bringing them right up to the most current content they possibly can. It makes me wonder if they might ever go one step further and create their own all-new timeline, separate from the shows, and what interesting things that could bring to the Star Trek universe. Either way, enjoy the new content, and let’s hope that console players don’t have to wait too long for their chance in the Age of Discovery!
Source: Press Release
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