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Season 11.5 Interview with Steve Ricossa

Three of Seven sits down and asks a number of submitted questions to STO Executive Producer, Steve Ricossa.

By Three of Seven Tue 12 Apr, 2016 9:48 AM - Last Updated: Tue 12 Apr, 2016 7:33 PM
Just a couple of days ago, I spoke with Steve Ricossa, Executive Producer for Star Trek Online. I asked him a number of questions that a few people had brought to me, not every question could be asked but hopefully you are all still interested in what was said! The interview focus' mostly on today's major update, Season 11.5, with some questions about future additions to STO.

What has been the most challenging part about 11.5?
"I would definitely say the skill revamp is the most challenging part. We had small changes and tweaks on the skill system, but the skill revamp itself has been a top to bottom overhaul." following on from this, I asked what he had been most proud of with the 11.5 update, to which he replied "There are definitely a couple but fall back to the skill system, it was just so huge from a multi team perspective to get that done. We started working on it in the fall of 2015 we actually began work on the skill system and it's going live now. But I will also say the new featured episode that is going live with the season update which will advance the story."

Is there going to be a conversion matrix for current builds into the new format?
"Jeremy Randall (Borticus) who is making this change has been very active in the community, I am not keeping track of everything he's been saying but he may be putting something out about that." Steve went on to add that "We did our very best to make sure no one really lost anything, that is was a good change for most players who had more standard builds."

Are we going to be seeing more Advanced and Elite queues in this update?
"There won't be any queue updates for Season 11.5 but it is something we are looking at updating as time goes by."

Are the Klingon character model updates going to be applied to Federation Klingons?
"I have to check with our character team, generally changes like this do but I don't know off the top of my head so can't confirm or deny." following on, I asked about more baldric options for Federation Klingons "Not for this expansion but we have been looking at making up things along these lines for a while now, just finding a spot to get that done."

What can you tell us about the new Nakul Red Alerts?
"They're similar to the Borg and Tholian red alerts where they will popup randomly in sector space and you'll have to agree to engage with them. Then there is a really cool repeatable mission that you can run in a variety of different maps, it can get pretty hectic with five players." after I asked if this was going to be similar in content to the current Red Alerts, he said "The Borg and Tholian ones are similar, but this is completely different to both of those."

Will we see a return of Featured Episode reruns in 11.5?
"Not in 11.5 but I do have a plan to run them again within four to six months of 11.5 coming out."

Are we going to see any exploration changes coming in 11.5?
"No that wouldn't be something for 11.5 but since we removed that system from the game about a year ago, that's definitely something that we've been looking at getting back into the game, but we wouldn't be seeing it for 11.5." then I asked if this was going to be worked on as much as the skill revamp has been "When we get to it, absolutely, we've done some initial designs on it, it's just determining which update we want to get it into."

There are rumours about the third expansion, are we going to see it later this year?
"We always plan our calendars well in advance and we like to know when we're going to have different expansions but I definitely have a no comment on that."

Are we going to see more canon models like the TR-116B and Voyager Compression Rifle?
"For other weapon models, that's something our artists like to take up on their own, going through and updating the Compression and the TR116. Wherever we see things that aren't as they should be, we like to make time in the scheduled for every release to make some changes here and there, updating old assets and old missions is always one of our goals."

T6 Miranda?
"Currently no plans for that, but you never know."

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Tue 12 Apr, 2016 12:32 PM
Now I am realy looking forward to the new Red Alert
Tue 12 Apr, 2016 12:40 PM
I'm looking forward to the new Red Alerts also, its gonna be fun Cool
Tue 12 Apr, 2016 4:18 PM
Trust you Three to ask for a T6 Miranda Tongue Out