Last week we reported on the announcement that Star Trek Online
has a new Executive Producer. Daniel Stahl
, who held the position for the past several years, has moved on to another "secret" project at Cryptic Studios
. The game's new (and returning) EP, Stephen D'Angelo
, has taken the chair once again and has already posted his first blog
outlining a few of his desires for the future of Star Trek Online
. We had the opportunity to interview D'Angelo and ask him a few more questions about the game and what direction he sees the ship heading.
Massively: Congratulations on your new position as Executive Producer of Star Trek Online! Of course, this isn't your first time in the command chair. What's the first challenge you were faced with when you finally took the seat, and how is it different from the challenges you faced the last time you were at the helm?
Any time there is a change in leadership, there's a period of learning how the team operates. This time it was a pretty smooth transition, with no significant challenges. I've got a great working relationship with the team, and because there was nothing eminently shipping, I was able to ramp up at a reasonable pace. The last time was much more challenging. I was given the team without warning, and it was only weeks before converting the game to free-to-play. That was a pretty mad scramble.