As a roleplayer, I’m kinda scared of STO. In the Star Wars universe, in theory, you could just be some clueless kid from a backwater planet and get along just fine. “Empire? What’s that?” Okay, so I’m talking about a backwater somewhere further out on The Rim than Tatooine.
In Star Trek Online my options for roleplaying are being a Federation Officer or being a Klingon Officer. Either one is rife with lore, setting, cultural variations, languages and lord knows what else.
Nonroleplayers can ignore this stuff just fine. Roleplayers kinda have to know it to do a good job. In LoTRO it’s pretty easy to get by as a Man, a Hobbit or a Dwarf because Men, Hobbits and Dwarves tend to really focus more on their own bellybuttons than any big picture. Elves, however, are ancient, cultured, educated and prone to waxing on poetically in their own damned language.
In STO, every roleplaying option is essentially set on “Elf” in terms of complexity.
Hard to get very motivated for all that much work.
I’m not coming at this as a hardcore trekkie, because I’m not. I just happen to like the show. But how does being a Star Trek fan make one more of a nerd than say a Star Wars fan, or a comic book fan? Hell, any more a nerd than anyone who plays video games? :)
It’s way too early to tell yet, but based on the limited info in the press release, it seems they’ve totally scrapped the old design and are looking to simplify things. Instead of the possibility of “crewing” ships with other players, everyone gets to be the captain and will likely fill their ship with NPC crew. With that change, it’s also likely that you won’t be able to walk around inside your own ship.
I know doing player crews would’ve been difficult to make fun, but Perpetual had something there already. It’s really one of the things I looked forward to the most in STO, but now it sounds like they’re possibly dumbing the game down. Likely their engine (they’re using the “Cryptic engine” which is probably the same as Champions Online) wouldn’t support these types of things, so we’re probably back to the ship being your avatar (at least in space).
The fact that they’re going for both console and PC support (again like Champions Online) also is a bit of a turn-off. It might work well in a superhero game, but I can’t imagine it being well-suited for a Trek setting.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see what it looks like in August.
As someone who foolishly rolled and Roleplays an elf in LOTRO I couldn’t agree more. It’s taken a tremendous amount of work to form the character I play and I couldn’t imagine going through that again.
The whole concept of Star Trek goes against typical mmo thought. In Star Trek the accumulation of wealth and material goods is no longer the primary motivation of humanity. As opposed to an mmo where that is pretty much the central goal of most players.
Perhaps they need to develop a neutral faction that does still covet wealth, etc.
Gosh, i like the Star trek games, but playing one online with Trekkies, i can see that being hell for casual people. Aren’t Trekkies about the most zealous fans there are? Why is it im picturing this community being completely stuck up and elitist already!?