Well, it looks like we have a date for the Age of Discovery patch for Star Trek Online. Mark October 9 on the calendar, barring last minutes surprises that delay things. (It’s possible; while I know most devs will push through regardless of game breaking bugs, they will certainly hold off if those bugs benefit the player in any meaningful way.)
With that, the “Ways & Means” chronicle will be put on hold after the next post-at least for a week or two. A lot depends on how the content for AoD is going to be delivered. As I recall, they had talked about releasing content along with actual episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. So, we’ll see how things shake out. I imagine there will need to be at least a couple of episodes (some of which have gotten their TV Guide-like synopses on the STO site) ready to go. I’m still dubious about them being able to handle episodes on a weekly basis-I was impressed as hell when they were pulling monthlies during the Iconian War arc. It’s possible they’ve developed a backlog of Discovery-related episodes for the game and will be able to meet that kind of schedule, or maybe they’ve already walked back their original intentions.
It seems likely at this point-without having gone on the test servers-that this is not replacing the 2409 tutorials, but is rather going to be treated similar to the Agent of Yesterday storyline: you’ll make a character that has their missions/maps in the past, and then at some point some temporal action will take place that will kick the character to the present day. All that said…the missions for AoD sound like they’ll be accessible to current captains as “historical records” to play through. I don’t know if that means “historical for both Starfleet and Klingon factions”, though. I get some potential amusement from the idea of using my TOS-era captain who got shot into 2409 to play historical DSC-era content. (I’m pretty sure that, despite the amusement of the alternative abbreviations, that DSC is the preferred one for Discovery.)
This is why I hate time travel. :)
Anyway, it’s a little over a week away, so I anticipate maybe one more W&M post, before figuring out what the heck kind of character to make for AoD. The good news is I can at least experiment ahead of time for appearance, because I got the Discovery uniform when they were promoting Discovery’s CBS debut. Of course, I imagine that everyone will be getting it now, which only makes sense because it’d be stupid to have episode arcs dedicated to that era without having the uniforms available. I’ll have to hunt down some uniform coloring guides….