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July 28th Dev Chat Transcript

Posted by Michael Bitton on Jul 28, 2009  | Comments

July 28th Dev Chat Transcript -

A Star Trek Online IRC dev chat has just wrapped up and the transcript is now available for those who weren't able to make it.

The dev chat took a strong focus on ship certifications and progression, weapon firing arcs, and other minutiae. Some things that stood out were the fact that players can level all through all three tracks (Escort, Science, Cruiser) of ship skills. They say this will take much longer than focusing on a single ship track, but it can be done.

Also, the Federation will not be receiving a large carrier class ship (at launch) in the same vein of the recently unveiled Klingon Vo'Quov Super Carrier. This was a conscious decision made to offer distinct gameplay differences between the two factions.

Players will be able to set weapons to the forward or rear positions of their ship, and each weapon type has its own firing arc, with weapons like beams having a wider firing arc, but lower damage, and cannons having a narrower arc while dealing more damage.

Small ships such as the Bird of Prey will also have a place in end-game/fleet engagements, as well. They are nimble and can make efficient cloaking runs at targets, so all types of ship configurations will have their roles in engagements.

For more information check out the full dev chat transcript here.

Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB
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