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Overhauling Sector Space

Posted by Suzie Ford on Mar 02, 2015  | Comments

Overhauling Sector Space - Star Trek Online - MMORPG.com

The Star Trek Online team has posted a lengthy developer blog about how Sector Space is being overhauled to make it a more seamless journey through space without invisible walls and dead ends to hang players up.

One of the best pieces of news for players and fans of the entire Star Trek IP is the realignment of sectors to place them in the correct locations based on existing Star Trek lore. Cryptic acknowledges that over time several key sectors had been placed outside the norm.

Utilizing Star Trek: Star Charts, a well-documented and organized map of sector space, the team realigned the game's sectors to correspond. However, some sectors on the Star Charts map lie outside what is considered "playable space" in STO (namely Ferenginar, Iconia, Romulus, Boreth and others). As a result, these sectors were "nudged" into the closest available space on the game map to place them as close as possible to their true location according to Star Charts.

Lastly with regard to the sector map, Tellar, Trill, Betazed sectors have been added as Cryptic considered them too important to leave out and will utilize these locations for future content.

The map's underlying grid system is also receiving some attention and will feature a more uniform appearance rather than utilizing a color scheme depending on faction space being traversed. Each major grid line will represent one light year of travel. Much of the clutter of the sector space map is also being removed and, in fact, will be "toggle-able" so that those who wish to can simply fly through the blackness of space.

The blog is packed with even more details and other topics that include:

  • Scale & System Art
  • Doffing
  • Transwarp
  • Touring the Galaxy
  • The Foundry
It's a fascinating look at the creative force behind the revamp of Sector Space. Check it out on the Star Trek Online site.
 

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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