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Star Trek Online's State of the Game: The first patch

Kyle Horner

According to the latest State of the Game from Cryptic, Star Trek Online's first update will be surprisingly hefty. "The first update is going to have more PvP, Klingon exploration content, more ground fleet actions, more ship costume pieces, more playable species, and then some," says the executive producer Craig Zinkievich. Of course, that's only a small piece of the rather titillating article outlining the current plan for the first few months of updates.

The future holds new Federation episodes, deep space encounters, Borg exploration clusters, quality-of-life updates, daily missions and an encounter with the Borg Queen. Cryptic teases at what they're calling "Raid-i-sodes" or high-end episodes requiring a five-person party to pull out all the stops for a win. The first of these will see players heading off against the Borg Queen, and we're quite excited to learn more in the coming months.

Players will be happy to hear the way bug fixes and tweaks will be handled in the coming weeks, "We'll be fine tuning as well, but don't expect thoughtless or harsh changes to game balance. We're more than willing to wait and make sure everything we do is measured and calculated." Having had a not-so-great experience with Champions Online re-balancing at launch, we're very pleased to hear the worlds "measured and calculated" with regard to Star Trek Online patches.

Finally, the announcement of STO's public test shard is equally happy news. They've named her Tribble, but how could they not? Interested players (or testers, we suppose) will want to keep an eye on the official forums for an update on when the test server is available.

Enter the Star Trek universe with Cryptic Studios' Star Trek Online. From hands on reviews of the early levels and space combat, through noob questions and developer interviews, we've got everything you need to know about the game trekkies are dying for. Check out Massively's Star Trek Online page for the latest!

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