Blog History

RSS Feed

Is STO Improving?

Captain's Blog Stardate 92997.46

Is Cryptic changing their tactics when it comes to players? Its no secret that the players of STO have been feeling cheated lately. With all of these ships going into the store, systems not always working right, episodes lacking the quality that we know they are capable of, and so much more, its hard to believe things will get better.

Still they have done some things lately that really impressed me. First was the Delta Recruitment event. Now we all know it was just a way to get new players to the game so they can spend money which is fine, but it also provided a lot of fun rewards. It also gave players a reason to play through all the episodes again.

Next is the opening of sector space. Players have asked for this for a long time and they finally delivered. I think it was a great addition to the game and although travelling may take longer, it definitely feels more realistic.

On top of that they were supposed to release a new episode last week, House Pegh, but held it back because of bugs. Further, they are also offering a specialization point as a reward.

Finally, I think the addition of Star Trek cast members coming back to reprise their roles is a great way to improve the game. Its nice to see them in the universe and sort of interact with them.

So are these the signs of Cryptic turning over a new leaf or just a rare moment in STO history? Will this game improve before its too late?

Written by Attilio on May 24, 2015 at 09:12 pm


Palen (Guest) said...
May 25, 2015 at 10:38 am

While I think there is still room for improvement (as with everything), I really thing Cryptic deserves a hat tip with the Delta Recruit event. I know I appreciated all of the extra energy credits, dilithium, and fleet marks on the new toons I created during the event.

I wish I had had some of these items when I started a few years back with my main toon. It would have made my STO life and learning curve easier.

Reply to Palen
Katou (Guest) said...
May 26, 2015 at 10:58 am

I think that the new additions have been great. My biggest concern is and always has been the problems that exist that Cryptic have not fixed. New content is great but the lag and amount of SNR that is happening is killing the game for most people. SNR and lag are the items that I see 90% of players complaining about. I have only gotten into game to do my R&D and maintenence items for the last few days because of the amount of lag. There have been times when the lag was due to my provider but that has not been the problem for a while now. I love all the new stuff and really love STO but if they dont fix these issues I dont see people playing the game. I read where they are announcing that they are trying to fix these issues, I hope that they succeed...SOON....before its too late.

Reply to Katou
Warburton1881 (Member) said...
May 28, 2015 at 11:34 am

I have mixed feelings about the changes in the game. I basically play solo missions and random group STF's. (My keyboard skills don't let me keep up with team chat and I ahven't ever learned to use voice chat). The new story missions are not bad, but there's only a couple of them, so I end up doing them over and over. I like the Delta Recruit system, and especially the fact that many of the rewards are account wide. On the other hand, there have been many more bugs since the Delta Quadrant opened up. I couldn't help but notice that the Cryptic website has been out +Experiencing problems" for the last month or so and no one seems to be fixing it. Also, when I've contacted Cryptic Support I usually get back a form letter rather than an actual answer.

My other pet peeve is that although I've been able to advance my Delta Recruit to level 60, I haven't been able to move up my other toons because of having to do replays with reduced XP and CP rewards. As a result, all but three of my toons are sitting at level 54 to 56 and my level 59 toon is still a long way from level 60.

All of that said, I have enjoyed being able to take my new character to level 60 in a reasonable amount of time.

Probably the best news lately is that Cryptic is delaying the new House Pegh content to fix the bugs BEFORE they release it. It's been ages since their new content has not brought a host of problems when it first came out. I guess they are learning from experience.

Reply to Warburton1881
Gameverseman (Member) said...
May 31, 2015 at 02:06 am

Although the delta recruit event was great, I believe this is just a rare moment in STO history. Bringing down the sector walls did not merit much. All it did was remove load screens. Exploration was NOT improved... all the worlds I go to already have been discovered. There's nothing to explore. With that being said I fell that bringing the sectors walls down is just a ploy and a sham into making the players think they are turning over a new leaf when, really, they are not. As for the featured episode rewards.... 1 spec point per account per week is a bloody joke. Especially with the post 55 grind being a complete pain... so much so that you can get mk XIV gold gear before you even hit 60. Same can be said for spec points (assuming they provide more avenues to obtain them outside of XP). So, in conclusion, it's the same strategy they've always had... "Bleed the players dry"... they are just changing up tactics so that they actually have a "healthy" amount of players to potentially bleed dry.

Reply to Gameverseman

Post a Comment

Spam Prevention Question:
Enter the stardate of this blog post.

(Under the Blog's Title)

Sponsored Links