Star Trek Online's Legacy of Romulus is set to go live on May 21st. Recently we sat down with Executive Producer of Star Trek Online, Daniel Stahl to ask a few more questions and learn a few more details. In particular, we were interested in the impact of JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot and the fan reaction to the changes Legacy of Romulus will bring to STO's user interface.
Warcry: Legacy of Romulus has been on the Tribble test server for a while now, can you speak about the surprises you have in store for players with this new content?
Stahl: Legacy of Romulus represents the first major expansion to Star Trek Online since we launched the MMO in 2010. If you haven't had an opportunity to participate in Open Beta yet, then we hope that you'll be pleasantly surprised by the new Romulan faction and their unique storyline when we launch on May 21.
Players will have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species. With Episode Missions, every moment spent playing Star Trek Online will feel like a new Star Trek episode in which you are the star.
Immerse yourself in the future of the Trek universe as it moves into the 25th century: a time of shifting alliances and new discoveries.
One of the big surprises in store for players returning to the game is how different the game feels from when we first launched. Creating a Romulan and playing through their first episodes is a vastly improved experience than what it was like creating a Federation captain back at launch. Romulans have a much more personal story and their missions and gameplay reflect the challenge they face to survive in a hostile galaxy.
If the feedback from our test server forums is any indication, Legacy of Romulus is one of the best additions we've ever made for the game and is definitely worth playing. Especially because it is free! Star Trek fans owe it to themselves to play this expansion.
Warcry: Did JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot movie factor into the decision to destroying Romulus and Remus?
Stahl: Unfortunately, the 2009 Star Trek film destroyed Romulus and Remus in the Prime timeline, which is the timeline that Star Trek Online is set in. We simply had no choice but to keep the planets destroyed in our game. Similarly, Vulcan still exists in our game and in the Prime timeline even though it was destroyed in the Star Trek reboot timeline.