As we all know, the third season of The Next Generation was a real doozy. We mean, "Sins of the Father?" "The Bonding?" Oh, man -- they're classics. We've got understandably high hopes for the third "season" of free downloadable content for Star Trek Online, an update which will go live December 9, adding a mission replay option, unlockable Borg technology and a beta for "The Foundry," which allows players to craft their own episodes.

This, of course, means that someone needs to go through and recreate all the episodes from season three of TNG. Heck, how about all the episodes from TNG? We're not sure those wacky Holodeck episodes would be possible, but we're sure players can kludge something together.

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STAR TREK ONLINE SEASON THREE ANNOUNCED

London, United Kingdom November 16, 2010 – Atari, one of the world's most recognised publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, and Cryptic Studios, creators of the acclaimed City of Heroes and Champions Online, will release their third major update to Star Trek Online, titled Season Three: Genesis,on December 9, 2010.

Season Three: Genesis is Cryptic Studios' latest major addition to Star Trek Online. This new update features several upgrades, progressive changes and new features to the game. Key features include:

The Foundry Beta (v 0.3) – Cryptic's player-created content system will go into public beta when Season Three: Genesis launches. The Foundry gives players the chance to design their own missions in Star Trek Online. Players can share their creations with friends, and Cryptic's proprietary content rating system will ensure only the best missions become promoted.

Episode Replay – In Genesis, players will be able to replay every mission they've previously enjoyed, and some will feature brand new rewards.

Borg Technology In Ships – In Season Three, players will be able to integrate Borg technology into their ships. This new loot from Special Task Force missions will greatly augment a ship's usefulness as well as its appearance.

New Sector Space – Cryptic has revamped Sector Space to give it a more realistic look and feel.

To learn more about Season 3: Genesis, please visit: http://www.startrekonline.com/season_three

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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