Interview with Cryptic’s Daniel Stahl | STOked S1 E15

Interview with Cryptic’s Daniel Stahl | STOked S1 E15

STOked Season 1 Episode 15: We Interview Daniel Stahl from Cryptic and get details on Klingon gameplay & Klingon ships of the line, how the Genesis engine works in game, how Cryptic plans to bring in the casual gaming fan, and an exclusive update regarding console play!

PLUS: We discuss the selection of Zachary Quinto as “the voice of STO”, roundup the various pre-order incentives from retailers, and then review our favorite Star Trek Online screenshots of the week!

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This week’s Show Notes:

DISCUSSION:

Interview with Daniel Stahl, Content Producer

NEWS:

Zachary Quinto To Be ‘Voice’ of Star Trek Online

Confirmed Pre-Oder Details: http://bit.ly/85sb7T
GameStop: Exclusive ship: The classic USS Enterprise
Best Buy: Pet Tribble or Targ (based on faction)
Amazon: “Liberated Borg” Bridge Officer with “unique nanotechnology augmentations”
Direct2Drive: Multi-Spatial Personal Shield (regenerates itself and player health)
Wal-mart: Bonus Skill Points (bestows additional skill points)
Target: TR-116 ground weapon (micro-transporter beams projectiles to target, no line of sight required)
Steam: Chromodynamic Armor, improves critical hits and damage of energy weapons
All include Head Start access, and Open Beta access

ARTICLES:

Ten Ton Hammer — “Building A Fleet” with Steven D’Angelo
http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/77687
7 ranks, with customizable privileges (Fleet Bank, Invites, Removals, etc)
250 character limit, with plans to expand that
Extra costume/uniform slot when joining a fleet
Customizable logo, with options chosen from preset lists
Offline event tracking for fleetmates (showing recent mission completion, boss kills, level gains, etc)

PC Games & Hardware – Hands-on with Benchmarks
http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,700972/Star-Trek-Online-Hands-on-benchmarks-technology-preview-and-new-screenshots/Practice/
Namco Bandai? European publisher/distributor (instead of Atari)
Not much info, but the benchmarks might be pretty to look at if you’re into that.

Remnant Gaming – Community Q&A
http://www.remnantgamingnews.com/star-trek-online/188-qaa/177-star-trek-online-qaa
Logos designed using an in-game customization, no user-submitted content.
No such thing as kill-stealing, since there is no open world fighting. All content is objective based, so KSing is just helping you reach your objectives.
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Massively – Ground Combat Q&A
http://www.massively.com/2009/12/09/ground-combat-star-trek-online-community-answers/
Hints at uses for new combat movements (Crouch/Aim, Leap/Roll, Sprint)
Phaser disintegration animations is in!
Grouping: Content scales automatically, but there are no “Runners” (like in CO)
New character animations are coming (they won’t be CO clones)

Eurogamer – Interview w/ Zinc
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http://www.eurogamer.dk/articles/star-trek-online-interview_9_0&sl=da&tl=en
No new information, but a couple good screenshots of Bryan’s Penis.

JeuxOnline (French) – Interview w/ Andy Velasquez
http://sto.jeuxonline.info/jol.php?article=7886
Clarification on the concept of “crafting”
Hints at future starbase ownership, and a Holodeck system

Zachary Quinto is “the Voice of STO”
http://trekweb.com/articles/2009/12/13/Zachary-Quinto-to-Voice-Star-Trek-Online-MMORPG-Gamenbsp.shtml

VIDEOS:

Starbase 24 Trailer
http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/startrekonline/video/6242641?hd=1&tag=topslot;img;2
Klingon bridge view
Pretty dang awesome combat content
More unknown ship designs

Reach for the Stars Trailer
http://www.gametrailers.com/video/exclusive-explore-star-trek/59892
Good examples of uniform customization options
Some animated emotes (Vulcan greeting, “Fire phasers!”)
Gorn close-up
Ends with a few shots of epic combat, a cloaking animation, and THE BORG QUEEN

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