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So what do you think about this Delta Recruitment event? Obviously it’s just a way to drive people back to the game. If it was a secret then let me expose it, people aren’t playing Star Trek Online like they use to. I don’t have any special access to Cryptic’s data, but the evidence is all around me.

First, members of the STOA fleet who are very active have told me they need to take a break. Second, social zones aren’t as social as they used to be. Third, the forums are still active but I personally don’t think as active as they have been. Fourth, if all that is not enough to convince me, the traffic to this website has significantly dropped. I can say with some degree of certainty that STO is not as popular as it was 6 months ago, maybe even a year ago.

So of course Cryptic is going to come up with an event to drive people back to the game. It’ll work, but for how long? People will come back for the month, maybe stick around a little while longer, but that doesn’t change the core of the game which most players feel is broken. Although we all know that as we get close to the end of this event they’ll announce the Summer Event which will draw people back or keep the current ones. It’s all very clever.

Cryptic, you smell of desperation and I cannot blame you, nor should you take that as an insult. Ever since Delta Rising’s release, players have had a bad taste in their mouth and now you’re trying to rectify that in some way. Despite the obvious attempt to drive traffic and therefore profits, I think this event is a good idea. You need players to survive and players need a reason to stick around.

I’m holding out hope that the remainder of 2015 will be a great year for Star Trek Online. Don’t make a fool out of me.

In the comments please let me know what do you think about the Delta Recruitment event and will you be participating?

Written by Attilio on March 15, 2015 at 09:53 pm


Mr.Tallok (Guest) said...
March 16, 2015 at 02:31 pm

Wow..!!! It's so true... You know where you went wrong? You started to get greedy.. Money, money, money..!!! You forgot about the players make the game, not you..!! Give the players more quality things, giving us a double cheeseburger at a big mac price. Stop making everything take so dang long to do... And make it more like real space in the game and in battles. Make it so you can really take out engines, shields and weapons. More real stuff, it's too squishy... And for the love of all that is good .... Give us PVP BACK..!!! Listen to the players or you will not recover from this ever. I told Branflakes over a year ago, at the Vegas convention, have PVP tournaments with real cash prizes ..!!! People wanna be the top dog, make your money off of that if you want money so bad ... But leave the game to the players and give us back Real substance..!!

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Lecutus (Guest) said...
March 16, 2015 at 03:05 pm

I will be participating, however I don't think this is isolated to STO. These days new games are rolling out daily and if you are on Steam, flooded with new ones at every login. Even WoT must be suffering, as they are offering 50,000 credits just for logging in over the next 60 days. It maybe due to some of the new offerings having less complexity.,then again could be a variety of factors.

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Diana Hickman (Guest) said...
March 16, 2015 at 04:19 pm

It's true. I ahven't been able to play for awhile. Whenever I tried, I was experiencing so much lag that it was hard to move. I had to turn off everything on my computer and then play when no one else was on the network to even move. Even then it was too hard to do things. Especially some of the new content. Some of those instances are so laggy, you can do nothing but die over and over. I gave up after awhile. I can play any other game just fine with no problem, but this one I can't. They need to fix the lag, then maybe people will start playing again.

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Gameverseman (Member) said...
March 16, 2015 at 05:46 pm

I have no problem with this event except 1.... The truth is, this game has turned into a money grabbing grind fest. So I could care less that I will have to grind again(i.e leveling) because it's just par for the course. However, this is just me, but when I make a character.. I typically already know what ship he/she will be flying at lvl 50. But let's be honest, It's T6 or nothing. I have plenty of C-store T5's that I could grind to get fleet versions of and then grind again to get it to T5-U but what's the point? There are now 3( technically 2 and a half) different types of T6 ships. Command,Intel, and specials (lobi, lockbox, event, and promo). Soon there will be fleet T6 intel ships becuase they are the only 10 console T6's in the game. I have 2 T6 Intel ships... the Faeht and the Guardian (technically isn't intel but has 10 consoles and was debuted at the same time). I fly the faeht with 2 toons and the guardian with 2 toons... so it would be redundant to fly either with a new toon. So my problem is that I won't have a ship for my "delta recruit" once I get to the 40-50 range. This, for me, is where the obvious money/grind sink is. So, for me, fingers crossed that an adequate ship will be a reward because I am done spending money and I'm done grinding. I already have 10 toons that are all lvl 50 or above (none are 60 yet). I'm not going to start EC/dil grinding for a ship on a character, as many have said, will be left to collect dust for a while.

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katou (Guest) said...
March 16, 2015 at 06:10 pm

I am a life time sub..altogether I have spent in excess of $500.00 on this game, I have never spent anywhere near that amount on a game in my life. I will not spend any more on this game. They have raised the prices on the T6 ships, they have added 30 min cds on the patrols, which I liked to do back to back to back, I cant now, lag is terrible, I think that this is because the lack of servers in more than 1 location as most games have servers on the west and east coast, some have west, east and central, and sto only has west coast servers. The management of STO to me has always held the players in contempt, lack of any real customer service, bugs and issues that seem to never be fixed. I have to be honest, Im only logging in to do the events for the day then I play something else for the rest of the day, I used to play STO for more than 12 hours a day, not so now. They have lost touch with the players and Im not saying that they ever were in touch with them. I used to do STFs all day long but, they have become so dps dependent and the players have become dependent also on dps, they only way now to have the most dps that you can is to spend cash, cash has become king and Im poor white trash. I will look over the new Delta recruitment but Im not sure if its gonna be anything that I want to put the time into and I will not spend any more money on it.

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Gameverseman (Member) replied...
March 16, 2015 at 06:20 pm

Well the nice thing is you can make the Delta recruit essentially for free i.e free character slot for all accounts (not that you need one being a lifetime sub). But I totally agree with you and I will be honest, I'm still butt hurt over them making my T5s obsolete and yes, they are obsolete. Fleet T5-U is only competitive with the Intel T6's and that's only if you have the best gear. Now as for the other T6 ships... forget about it. As I had mentioned in my post, my only immediate issue is that I don't have a ship to put my "delta recruit" into.

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katou (Guest) replied...
March 17, 2015 at 01:13 am

Yeah...I forgot to mention how many T5 ships that I have and I too am upset that they didnt provide a path to upgrade them to T6, T5-U just isnt good enough, they at least could have let us upgrade them especially after we spent $50 for each set to start with, you would think that for say another $10 we could have upgraded them but, its just another instance of the greed, we have to buy a whole new set of ships, no upgrade.

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Gameverseman (Member) replied...
March 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Exactly! you're just preaching to the choir my friend.

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TacPaddy (Member) said...
March 17, 2015 at 09:23 am

Personally, I am a bit disappointed that I am force to make a new Toon for the Delta recruitment. So far with the little information at hand, I am still not convinced if it will be worth my time to grind that Delta Recruit to Level 50 to unlock the account rewards, whatever they will be anyway.

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macca63 (Member) said...
March 17, 2015 at 10:28 am

Death To Multiple Characters ... unless Cryptic changes the way we can transfer "items" between characters why bother.
Personally, I think that this is just a ploy to get new players into the game, get them hooked, then after making lvl 50 spending money to make decent ships.
This is all about money.
What Crytic should be doing is fixing all the game bugs and being more customer friendly. That said, I will look over the new Delta Recruitment but Im not sure if its gonna be anything that I want to put the time into.

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reach4stars7 (Member) replied...
March 17, 2015 at 02:06 pm

Exactly. Cryptic killed multiple character players. I have 7 characters, but I only play 2 of them right now because it's impossible to grind all of them. I don't have that kind of time. If Cryptic wants more people to play, they need to make it easier to get quality gear and ships. Although, I think they've realized this. The addition of dilithium to all the missions really helps. I also like the improved crafting system. However, I'm not happy that my favorite ship, the Vesta class is now obsolete since it's not the highest tier anymore. I think that players should get a free ship unlock at tier 5 now. I know I'm cheap, but I don't think I'm the only one that hates paying so much to get a tier 6 ship--especially if we already paid for a tier 5.

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Gameverseman (Guest) replied...
March 20, 2015 at 12:24 am

A free ship at 50 would be nice but subscribers have been getting that all along. If they gave that free to everyone they will have a bunch of pissed off subscribers not that's old news but what I would like to see is like a free event ship for all that is grind-free (aside from the delta recruit content and the story arcs). I would be fine with this. Obviously the ship would have to be equal to T6 if not, T6.

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Tesseract The Cat (Guest) said...
March 17, 2015 at 03:36 pm

I play STO mostly every day but only on the treadmill. There hasn't been much to captivate me to spend other time outside of work playing it but I'm on the computer all day so I might be a bit biased.

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Chogokin (Guest) said...
March 18, 2015 at 01:01 am


I've been a member of the STOAcademy fleet for some time, although not the most active. I tend to have periods of high activity and low activity. I haven't played in months now.

There are several contributing factors to this.

For one thing, I got married last year, and my wife is a gamer. I tried to get her into Star Trek, but she never really developed much interest in the game.

The game that she was interested in was Elder Scrolls Online. We played that for the first month together, but decided not to subscribe at that time due to time and money concerns, as well as the buggy and gold-farmer ridden state of the game. However, ESO has improved tremendously, and we renewed our subscriptions in December.

There are certain similarities between the two games, oddly enough. 1 to 50 is pretty fast, followed by a slow crawl through higher levels (51 to 60 for STP, Veteran Ranks 1 to 14 for ESO). ESO recently introduced a Champion Point system, similar to STO's specialization points. ESO just went Buy to Play today, and is now offering a cash shop called the Crown Store.

However, ESO's Champion Points are earned account-wide. Get a single character to Veteran Rank, even VR1, and you earn Champion Points for all your characters (up to 8 characters per account by default, with a rumored upcoming Crown Store option to buy more character slots). Crown Store items are vanity items, not power-ups. Mounts, for example, are just unique skins, and don't offer any advantages in speed, endurance, or carrying capacity over regular mounts obtained through gameplay. And, no gambling whatsoever!

Now, it is still early days in ESO's new BTP economy. Possibly if Zenimax feels the game isn't earning enough money, they may get sleazier. Right now, however, rather than luring players into paying money for power, they rely on the players' enjoyment of the game by offering vanity items like mounts, pets, costumes, all of which have no mechanical advantage in the game, but do add to enjoyment and personalization of the game experience.

What I have alluded to above is that STO's changes have curtailed my enjoyment of the game. Playing Alts is now counterproductive to advancement. Top-level play basically requires the purchase of new, top-level starships. Such purchases require either the sacrifice of hard-earned real world money, or the sacrifice of in-game time to grinding instead of purely enjoyable activities. And, once you've got your top-level equipment, there is a fairly limited set of successful strategies for using this equipment, mostly based on exploiting whichever set of powers, energy types, etc., to which the latest update has shifted the unbalance. One might argue that the fun is in the journey, not the destination, but when everyone you meet on the trip is a Ferengi, one starts to get a little suspicious...

STO has always been an odd duck of a game. It's a hodgepodge of parts that don't really mesh well. Beautiful art, mediocre game engine. There is some good, creative writing going on, but insufficient support for the professional writers except for the rare moments when the executives realize that good stories bring in the player base. There is a tremendously loyal, creative, hard-working fan base, who are also given poor tools and insufficient support to boost the game. And for a science fiction franchise which made its mark for visionary science fiction story telling, the driving vision of the game seems to be focused solely on the players' wallets.

There is a game, due to be released later this year, called No Man's Sky. It offers a procedurally generated, infinite universe. The game is an MMO. Supposedly, the game code is capable of generating 18 quintillion possible different worlds. That means that, while you could hang around discovered worlds, partner with or fight other players, you could also just aim in one direction and keep going, never seeing another human player again for your entire game experience. This sort of thing is possible, with vision, and I think it might be the sort of thing that appeals to many STO players. I would love to see a new STO that embraced this sort of awesomeness, and offered a real experience of exploration on top of the space opera drama of the setting. However, the rights to Star Trek are held by CBS and Paramount, PWE probably has a grip on the MMO Trek experience, and if there is one thing that mass media companies never do, it is go boldly anywhere.

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Gameverseman (Member) replied...
March 20, 2015 at 12:37 am

I beta-tested ESO and wasn't too impressed but now that you have enlightened me as to it's current state I am intrigued. I would like to throw my two-cents in though. What you found in ESO is what I found in SWTOR. Primarily that the game is founded on actual content and story and not just re-hashed grinds with a different context. What I also enjoy is that the in-game store (cartel market) also is just vanity items. The F2P isn't too friendly so I subbed but I haven't regretted the money I spent on that as I have with STO. In my game design class we discussed how to properly monetize MMO's (or any game) and we all agreed that the items you "purchase", as it were, should not imbalance the game and should just be cosmetic. It's sad that Cryptic/PWE can't see this.

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Litchy74 (Guest) said...
March 22, 2015 at 07:08 am

Saw a YouTube vid about star citizen and what the details realy are, how's it's being developed etc, very interesting the thing that got me,.....mod support complete servers running one mod, at this point the presenter puts on a star trek baseball cap. Star citizen engine running a trek universe.....could see that last of the die hards leaving sto and only he casual almost tempory crowd left.
Maybe the devs are sensing whats happening, new player incentives constant specials, seems to smack of panic promotions.

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