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Dev Blog: Going Someplace New

Posted by Jon Wood on Jun 15, 2009  | Comments

Dev Blog: Going Someplace New -

Star Trek Online Producer, Daniel Stahl writes this look at the technology behind the game that will allow players to truly explore a vast universe without requiring an army of developers.

Hello, my name is Daniel Stahl and I’m a producer on Star Trek Online.

Ask any Star Trek fan to quote the opening to the TV show and you’ll hear the words “…to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

It’s a defining characteristic and mission statement in Star Trek. Explore. Go out there and see what you find.

As a producer, it begs the question, “How?” How can you explore someplace new in an MMO where there are zones and maps and contacts and missions that everyone seems to have access to over the course of their character’s career? Most game content is hand created by a staff of designers and artists who spend time placing things where they should be, making sure that there is a natural progression to what you do. It is a lot of work just to make a single planetary system.

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