By admin @ October 12, 2011 at 8:47pm
A captain’s starship is critical to success in any mission, and so knowing what starships are available is something all captains should be familiar with.
On the Tribble test server, we are experimenting with some line-up changes to the starships for both the Federation and Klingon Defense Force. Our goal is to fill out the starship options at each tier for both in-game and C-Store starships. See the two charts below for details.
The big news for starship lovers is that there are a number of new ships due to show up on Tribble in the coming weeks to help fill out the starship options. These new ships are italicized in the chart. We’ll be unveiling the details on these ships as they make it to Tribble, but we thought you might enjoy a preview.
The other news for Federation captains is that the Excelsior and Nebula class starships in the Commander tier are moving from being available in the game to being sold on the C-Store. This change is being tried in order to balance the offerings at each tier. These ships are also getting an upgrade so that they include a valuable console item. Both will be getting an additional console slot and the Excelsior will be getting an additional Bridge Officer slot. Players who have one of these ships prior to the F2P build going to Holodeck will find that their ships are upgraded and receive the additional console item.
For KDF captains, the Orion Marauder and Gorn Varanus are being moved from the Lieutenant General rank down to the Brigadier General rank in order to better fill out the Klingon starship offering. The Orion Marauder is being upgraded to have a hangar bay so it can function as a carrier.
The C-Store starships differ from the in-game ones, in that they are typically slightly stronger in some way, and they include a valuable piece of gear that is only available with that ship. The piece of gear can be carried forward to other ships as you move up the ranks, and can be combined with in-game gear to get the kind of game play you want. By the time we get through testing, we intend for all of the existing C-Store ships with a special ability will be altered to have a piece of gear like this. Existing ships on Holodeck will be automatically granted the item when this build goes live. It’s worth noting that not all of the ships have these changes on Tribble at this time. The changes will be going live in stages throughout the test period.
A rumor went around this past week that some C-Store ships would be for a single character. This is not true. All C-Store purchased ships at this time are unlocked for all characters on an account. We may release some ships that are for a single character in the future, but we do not plan to do so with the existing ship line-up.
Any change to the starship line-up is cause for careful consideration, so give this a look and let us know what you think by posting in the forums. As with any information given out during the test period, everything in this posting is all subject to change based on what we learn in testing.
Oh, and before I go, we plan to re-instate the free starship token at the Lt Commander and Commander rank for all players. We plan to continue the discount token for Silver players at the Captain and Rear Admiral rank, while Gold players will get the free starship at those ranks (if they are a subscriber at the time of rank-up). We do not plan to have any free starship at the Vice Admiral rank.
Star Trek Online
|Rank||In Game (Dilithium or Special)||C-Store|
|Lieutenant||Miranda (starter ship)||Cruiser: TOS Constitution|
|Escort: NX Class|
|Lt. Commander||Cruiser: TWOK Constitution||Cruiser: Exeter|
|Escort: Saber||Escort: Gladius|
|Science: Nova||Science: Rhode Island|
|Commander||Cruiser: Cheyenne||Cruiser: Excelsior|
|Escort: Akira||Escort: Thunderchild|
|Science: Olympic||Science: Nebula|
|Captain||Cruiser: Galaxy||Cruiser: Venture|
|Escort: Defiant||Escort: Sao Paulo|
|Science: Intrepid||Science: Bellerophon|
|Rear Admiral||Cruiser: Sovereign||Cruiser: Excelsior Retrofit|
|Cruiser: Avenger||Science: Nebula Retrofit|
|Escort: Prometheus||Science: Vulcan D’kyr|
|Vice Admiral||Cruiser: Galaxy Retrofit|
|Escort: Prometheus Refit|
|Escort: Defiant Retrofit|
|Science: Intrepid Retrofit|
|Cruiser: Galaxy Dreadnought|
|Shuttles||Type 8 Shuttle (Romulan series)||Delta Flyer|
|Captain’s Yacht (veteran reward)||Peregrine Fighter|
|Danube Runabout||Class F Shuttle (via TOS Bundle)|
|Tal’Kyr Support Craft (with D’kyr Vulcan Science Vessel)|
|Rank||In Game (Dilithium or Special)||C-Store|
|Commander||Bird of Prey: Ning’tao (starter ship)||Bird of Prey: Ning’tao Refit|
|Battle Cruiser: K’t'inga||Battle Cruiser: K’t'inga Refit|
|Raptor: Qorgh||Raptor: Qorgh Refit|
|Orion Dacoit Flight Deck Cruiser|
|Nausicaan Vandal Destroyer|
|Gorn Phalanx Science Vessel|
|Captain||Bird of Prey: Ch’Tang||Bird of Prey: Ch’Tang Refit|
|Battle Cruiser: Vor’cha||Battle Cruiser: Vor’cha Refit|
|Raptor: Pach||Raptor: Pach Refit|
|Orion Corsair Flight Deck Cruiser|
|Nausicaan Scourge Destroyer|
|Gorn Draguas Science Vessel|
|Brigadier General||Bird of Prey: Hegh’ta||Bird of Prey: Hegh’ta Refit|
|Battle Cruiser: Negh’Var||Battle Cruiser: Negh’Var Refit|
|Battle Cruiser: Vor’cha Retrofit||Raptor: Qin Refit|
|Raptor: Qin||Orion Marauder Flight Deck Cruiser|
|Carrier: Vo’quv||Gorn Varanus Science Vessel|
|Lt. General||Bird of Prey: B’Rel Retrofit|
|Nausicaan Guramba Siege Destroyer|
|Shuttles||Turon Shuttle (Romulan series)||To’Duj Fighter|
|Chariot (veteran reward)|