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Posted: May 19th 2011 8:46PM claytondora said

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Maybe cryptic may consider bringing STO over to a free-to-play model now that they are in a tough(er) financial spot. I would looove to play this game, but honestly can't justify the sub for it.

Posted: May 24th 2011 2:39PM Mainer82 said

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@claytondora
Personally, I think that wold be a poor decision on Cryptic's part. $15 a month is a pretty decent fee for such an excellent game.

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Posted: May 26th 2011 2:47PM d2globalinc said

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@Mainer82 Not to mention the lifetime sub is a GREAT deal :)
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Posted: May 19th 2011 10:52PM syberghost said

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When people say the Duty Officer system is a trading card game, the devs should respond thusly:

"Yes, it is. An awesome one, too."

It's not like failing to participate in it restricts progression.

Posted: May 20th 2011 1:10AM Yukon Sam said

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The team over at STO seems very unconcerned about ditching Atari. Are they just putting on a brave front? I don't know. My Betazoid bridge officer says that they've got something up their sleeve, but Betazoids are not infallable...

Posted: May 20th 2011 10:20AM Loopy said

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Not sure if you should report as a bug the fact that your bridge officer is aware of its existence.
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Posted: May 20th 2011 5:02AM Snichy said

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Sounds exciting, but I never really had a problem with the dynamics of ground combat, what I did have a problem with was the fact that regardless of whether I was in space or on a planet, I felt like I was in a small box restricted about where I could go rather than an infinite void (space) or a huge global planet (ground). I haven't played since they revamped sector space so that might help but will definitely give it a try once season 4 hits and hopefully my problems with the game would have disappeared and it actually feels like a massive universe.

Posted: May 20th 2011 5:05AM Kark said

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STO is still in beata in many ways with the C store as the most importent thing in the game. And lets not forget about ignoring the KDF "faction"
But yeah Atari is pure crap who have done nothing else then to suck Cryptic dry. STO need end game content ! and another minigame like poker. S4 have some good things in it like Qo'nos etc.STO have lost alot of subs because of completly ignoring PvP in the game and the lack of end game content and bug fixes.And more of the sectorts should be in the same zones, damd loading screens. If STO can survive TOR then there is maybe hope for the game, half of the people i know in STO have allredy sign up and made guilds on the TOR forum. But i guess STO will not be the only game that will lose alot of players to TOR.

Posted: May 20th 2011 5:07AM Kark said

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@Kark ops some typos ...
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Posted: May 20th 2011 4:20PM noxsa said

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@Kark yep STO is as good as dead! no end game, full of bugs "ancient bugs no less". C-Store get pushed on top every time something new comes out !! i wonder why do people pay an monthly fee anyways all the cool good stuff comes to the darn C-Store. What the F. and what do we get for free "for ur subscription fee" bugs and low of interest items or unbalanced stuff.

Stuff we got in the name of "free items"
- Take the STF's not even complete to date, still one missing and the once that are in the game are bugy as hell !
- 3 special featured missions (that get re-run)
- Bugy Q missions / reward, what ever event.!
- a few ships FOR 500 EMBLEMS
- DABO game that no one plays anymore!
- Veteran rewards (to date not to much cool stuff)

i won't write what cool stuff the c-store got over the time ... but its clear that all we got was "nice talks about cool stuff and IF we wanted it we had to pay more"

... and now all flame me cus that just it with this game 90% of the player won't even admit that this is a pure rip-off system but hey its your money i guess.
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Posted: May 26th 2011 2:50PM d2globalinc said

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@noxsa Bought a lifetime subscrip - got my moneys worth a few times over with the amount of time i've played it... And it just keeps getting better.. Devs listen to the community, and the foundry is just great for those times you feel like there is no endgame..
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Posted: May 20th 2011 5:13AM DLemke said

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“STO is full steam ahead"

You do understand that regardless of whether Cryptic is doing well or not, it’s their job, they get paid, to say that everything is going great, right? You get that?

It always cracks me up, and makes me sad at the same time, when people think that a communication from devs is like getting the inside scoop from a buddy. Cryptic is a business. People working for that business, regardless of what actually is going on, have an obligation in public to tell you what the company thinks you want to hear.

Posted: May 20th 2011 8:47AM Firix said

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@DLemke Not necessarily. The Cryptic devs talk with the players a lot more than say, Blizzard does.
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Posted: May 20th 2011 8:48AM Renko said

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@DLemke

I agree completely. I just can't understand why some people seem unable to grasp this.
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Posted: May 20th 2011 10:00AM Yukon Sam said

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@DLemke

When you've been with the MMO genre since the beginning and interacted with a variety of developers in a variety of mediums, you gain a certain aptitude at reading between the lines.

Like I said, not infallible. But after parsing the word from Cryptic AND the word on the street, my read on the situation is that there is more to this story, and what's yet to come is good news.

I'm no fanboi. I've been critiquing this title since launch. It still has a lot of work that needs to be done. But I would put money on this game being alive and well five years from now... and the odds tell me this would be the safe bet.

There's nothing wrong with a healthy does of skepticism, but an overly cynical viewpoint is just as distorted as a naive one.
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Posted: May 20th 2011 1:38PM darrenkitlor said

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I boil the whole Atari sell-off to the 25m USD bonus that Atari allegedly awarded Cryptic during this past year.

It seem quite clear that Cryptic reached those goals and that the "loss" is just another example of Atari not realizing the potential of one of their developers (and having to pay through the teeth for it).

Moving forward, the game's got too much fracking potential and the devs seem to be capitalizing on it--in spite of mismanagement from Atari.

Posted: May 26th 2011 2:52PM d2globalinc said

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@darrenkitlor Agree!
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