STO: Season 13 Will Launch on April 25
Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios announced Season 13 – Escalation for Star Trek Online. The journey continues for the 100% free-to-play MMORPG based on the classic Star Trek franchise, when the game launches its next update on PC April 25 and on consoles at a later date. Season 13 – Escalation sends players on a mission with the Lukari to help them rediscover their ancient origins, while also dealing with an imminent threat by the Tzenkethi. The newest update to Star Trek Online continues the epic Tzenkethi War story arc and marks the debut of the brand new War Games system, which pits teams of players against each other in competitive PvE scenarios.
Season 13 – Escalation takes the player on a journey to discover where the previously isolationist Lukari came from. Once they begin to understand their previous place in the galaxy, a Tzenkethi fleet arrives, presenting an immediate threat. In addition to these exciting events, players will also be able to participate in the War Games system. This new type of queue allows two five-person teams to battle head-to-head in competitive PvE scenarios. To keep players on an even playing field, a new Player Potential system has been introduced that will match players of similar skill in the same matches. The War Game system will also have a new reputation tied to it, including for the first time ever, class specific-ship and captain gear. Captains can mix and match new gear they earn from any class and also have the option to specialize. To support the new War Games system, a full rebalance pass has been made to ground and space combat to ensure that no matter what choice captains make when outfitting their skills or ship, it isn’t a wrong one.