Yeah, sometimes it’s like waiting for a bus-nothing for an age, and a heap arrives at once. Kind of like my posts sometimes.
The prompt for this post involves a little announcement from Cryptic concerning Star Trek Online. First, they’re swapping out executive producers, which may or may not have greater consequences down the line. At this point, I just roll with those punches. It’s the second news point that is the subject of this post: the next season is going to be heavily centered on the newer show in the roster, Star Trek: Discovery.
Much like the Agent of Yesterday expansion, it seems that the upcoming “Age of Discovery” is going to take characters back to the era of that show. It sure seems like it’s aiming to have you start new characters in that era, based on the news post on their site. (Yeah, it means I’ve got a new potential chronicle coming up later this year here. Why do I do this to myself…?) Also based on that post, it seems that we’re getting a “reimagined starting experience that allows players to create a Federation character from the Discovery era”. I don’t know if this means it’ll be a new starting subfaction like the 23rd century captains, or if they’re replacing the Starfleet starting point with this. (They can’t conceivably replace the 23rd century experience, after all.) Since I doubt the entire game is being thrown under the bus, it seems that Temporal Agent Daniels is going to be busy-busy-busy in the near future.
The post goes on to say that they’ll be updating in line with the currently-running show. I’m not entirely sure if that means what some forum posters think it means. Posters seem to think this means the devs will be releasing content as fast as Discovery shows episodes, which would be an interesting trick. On the other hand, I don’t think it’s a stretch to believe that this statement is simply indicating that yes, STO is making updates concerning a show while it is actually currently on-air. I’ve seen people making comparisons to the great experiment with the show “Defiance” and its MMORPG, but I don’t think that’s what we’re looking at here. I am prepared to be wrong, of course.
I’ll freely admit that of all the Star Trek stuff out there, movies and TV shows, I’m the least familiar with Discovery. I’ve not done the “CBS All Access” thing, because, well, that’s not really my thing. Plus this whole “Oh, Spock had an adopted sister we never knew about”; I wasn’t impressed when Sybok popped out of thin air, and I’m not impressed now. So the show’s got two strikes against it right off the bat with me. However, since I haven’t seen the show, I’m not going to arbitrarily consider the next several months of releases garbage (although I do regret that yes, it seems that we’ve gotten all we’re getting out of the Gamma Quadrant). In some ways, I’m even looking forward to it, because my ignorance of the show means everything that happens will be brand new to me. Whether it’s a good kind of new or a bad kind is something we’ll have to wait and see on.
There are more stuff coming at that time, too, but it’s the usual sorts of stuff you’d expect out of a new episode arc. More info, naturally, will be forthcoming. The only thing to be sure of is that the release will happen later this year-and given the relative size of the “Victory is Life” expansion, well, I woudn’t be shocked if it came at roughly the same time the next season of Discovery premieres.