It's fitting that Star Trek Online's
third major update is entitled "Genesis," because in several ways, it feels like a new beginning for the game. In a preview of December's Season Three
reveals a trio of significant re-dos: a revamp of the visually lackluster sector space, the ability to replay your favorite episodes, and the beta of STO's player-created mission feature
, The Foundry. While Cryptic is uncertain whether The Foundry will go live
by Season Three, the studio does promise that players will at least be able to tinker with it on the test servers by then.
The Foundry is one of Cryptic's answers to STO's
perceived lack of playable -- and original -- content, allowing gamers to construct their own stories and episodes using STO's
robust editor. "Using The Foundry, you can construct Episodes and share them with your friends. If you're not interested in designing missions, you'll still benefit from The Foundry: Player-created missions will be available to you to play and enjoy, right alongside the Episodes you know and love today."
Cryptic has a number of other features on deck for the game following Season Three, including customizing Gorn characters, new uniforms and ships in the C-Store, ground combat improvements, and Klingon-specific updates.