Combat is the main topic this time around in the latest Ask Cryptic
for Star Trek Online
. The first question pertains to melee combat and just how it'll work. Surprisingly, it looks as though melee combat will actually be more than a simple aside to back-and-forth phaser fire. Cryptic
says that Klingons will make use of bat'leth and the Federation will use lirpa -- that historically memorable
staff-like weapon Spock and Kirk used to battle it out. It still remains slightly unclear whether or not players from opposite factions will be able to effectively use melee weaponry.
As for question number two -- and probably the second-most important -- a forum poster asked Cryptic whether ship combat would be point-and-click like EVE Online
or more tactical like traditional Star Trek battles. Thankfully, the answer was that yes, players can expect to have full control over their ship
in order to hide their weaker points while attacking the structurally unsound targets of their enemies' shields and hull.