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Development Update 12-23-2005

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 1:41 pm

http://startrek.perpetual.com/2005/12/development_update_1.html

Didn't see this posted here yet, enjoy!

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Development Update 12-23-2005

Here's a brief summary of the latest happenings within the STO development team:
The engineering and art teams have been working together to see how close we can get to photo-realistic, real time ship interior renders. They've started with the TNG era Galaxy class since it is so iconic and also happens to be the setting for at least one major hub. For this particular exercise, they're modeling and rendering a hallway, turbolift, and the observation lounge and rendering it all in real-time with next-generation lighting & material effects. Their results are stunning. Once we've completed look development for our other two environment types (space & ground), we'll release some screenshots - figure sometime before summer...

We have our first character modeled, which is a female Vulcan. Though we're not ready to have a character walking around in the game yet, we went ahead and built her so that we'd have at least a static character to pose in our interiors so we could better judge proportions and evaluate how to render characters within our environment. The new uniforms look even better in 3D.

Ken's team is continuing to concept the interior of a Galaxy class to study how we can create spaces that will allow the Galaxy to serve as what is effectively a player city. In my last update, I mentioned how we were diagramming deck layout. Now we have perspective drawings of familiar spaces that have been revised, and new spaces that have never before been seen. We will be releasing a few of these drawings very soon to give everyone an idea of where we're heading.

We're continuing to add to our team. I mentioned a few of these new team members in my last update, but I want to share a little more on everyone's background to give you a sense of the talented team we're putting together.

    Ira Goeddel (Character Technical Director) - Ira comes to us from New Pencil, a contract art development house where Ira gained extensive experience working within and creating new art pipelines for games throughout the industry including The Sims and our very own Gods & Heroes.

    Lorien Gremore (Production Assistant) - Lorien brings her recent experience working on the operations side of The Matrix Online and before that, experience playing and helping create MUDs. Her role is to support our development process in any number of ways and we're pleased to have her perspective and experience with live team operations incorporated into pre-live development process.

    TJ Holleran (Art Technical Director) - TJ joins us from Microsoft Game Studios working on a variety of sports titles for the XBOX. TJ's role on STO is to oversee the technical aspects of our art development and to bridge the gap between Art, Game Design, and Engineering.

    Todd Berkebile (Server Lead) - Todd will be leading the development of our server-side technologies. Todd's experience at Turbine working on Asheron's Call as well as shared technologies for D&D Online, LOTR Online, and previously at Microsoft, gives him formidable server technology chops as well as a deep understanding of the MMO development process.

    Michael Stemmle (Story Lead) - Adventure game fans will recognize Mike as the co-creator and Director of hit titles such as Escape from Monkey Island and Sam & Max Hit the Road. And his writing credits include many other great titles such as Jedi Knight II, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, KOTOR II - the list goes on and on. We're pleased to have Mike's writing and adventure experience, not to mention his enthusiasm for MMORPGs and his encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek characters and stories from every era of Star Trek.


I'll finish this development update with a list of some of the design issues that Glen, Eric, and Mike are currently tackling:

    Travel - We're finally getting a handle on how we're going to deal with player travel throughout the galaxy. We've wrestled with this issue for a while with some advocating instant travel to destinations while others on the team wanted the freedom to explore the galaxy. But we all agreed that for there to be a travel component to Star Trek Online, it needed to be entertaining since you'll be doing a lot of it. Our design challenge was how to turn the empty space in-between destinations into an environment that is exciting and will capture notion of space exploration and reward players for doing so. So I'm pleased to report that while we haven't yet finalized our travel design, that STO will indeed have robust support for travel within and free-form exploration of the galaxy.

    Mission & Skill Systems - We've recently taken a first pass at describing how our mission (quest) system will work and the player skill tree. These are both extensive and important systems that we've only just begun to document. But we're pleased to be making progress on them and we're looking forward to sharing details soon.

    State of the Galaxy - Mike has recently put together a "State of the Galaxy" document that describes the political and cultural landscape of the major forces within the galaxy at the start of STO. While this document reveals too much about our story to release in its entirety, Mike will be talking about this document in another update that will be posted later today.


Happy Holidays!
Daron Stinnett - Executive Producer

Cifu

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 2:11 pm

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 3:25 pm

Protoavis

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 5:14 pm

and we can all tell that the "94 year old Terran Ambassador" is Jean Luc Picard, despite the obvious lack of name dropping.

Atani

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 6:36 pm

yay, klingons are going to be apart of the federation, ruination of the species for all to see!
i dont know what they are gonna pull up to justify it, but they will have to practically neuter them to make them...erm, "peacefull"...

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 6:40 pm

w00t!! The forums are-a-buzzing with this topic!!

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 8:14 pm

Interesting news, uniform legs look kinda skinny, but can't wait to see them finally rendered. I suppose klingons had to be added since there is a huge demand for them, still.. it'll be weird seeing a bunch of klingons in fed uniforms other than Worf.

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 8:26 pm

They actually listened to that poll they made? It wasnt even given to the fanbase...it was given to mmorpg.com.

Im glad they are adding Klingons and all but im just suprised they keep looking at that survey for all their answers.

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 8:35 pm

Klingons running around Star Fleet command and being productive members of a federation starship? PE must have something up their sleeve to justify that, I just hope its not because of something rediculous.

Sounds like PE have a good team...

The 'Space Travel' part needs to be explained a bit more...does their 'robust support for travel within and free-form exploration' plan mean that its their intentions to have a small amount of instancing?

Still no news on a new official site?

STOCaptain01

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 8:40 pm

They need forums up before this website goes down. Unless that petition to keep this website up goes well.

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 10:05 pm

Quote (Atani @ Dec. 23 2005, 3:36 pm)
yay, klingons are going to be apart of the federation, ruination of the species for all to see!
i dont know what they are gonna pull up to justify it, but they will have to practically neuter them to make them...erm, "peacefull"...

They didn't say Klingons would be members of the Federation, simply that some Klingons chose to join Starfleet and this certainly doesn't mean they have to be peaceful. They will probably recieve major bonuses in combat whilst being handicapped in diplomacy and other more delicate matters. I'm interested in seeing how the they will implement it in such a way that we will not have a 50% Klingon population, which is why I figured they had been removed in the first place.

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 10:08 pm

Quote (68th @ Dec. 23 2005, 5:35 pm)
The 'Space Travel' part needs to be explained a bit more...does their 'robust support for travel within and free-form exploration' plan mean that its their intentions to have a small amount of instancing?

They said they were still trying to figure it out themselves, hence no solid info. Also, I don't think this has anything to do with instancing. Instant travel, maybe, but instancing is an entirely unrelated subject. From what I gather, you will be able to freely roam the Galaxy, or at least parts of it, except now we will have semi-reliable transwarp hubs to facilitate instant travel to remote locations.

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 10:55 pm

I was however wondering what he meants by the Galaxy ship being a hub. What on earth is he talking about? The only thing i could think of is the tutorial. He still hasnt told us about players controlling large ships, the last thign he mentioned about that was we wont, and im very disappointed in that.

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 10:57 pm

About Klingons, I also agree that adding them will just cause less players to play some other species. I mean the klingon couldnt be that common in starfleet in 20 years. But hopefuly they have a plan so they wont be the msot popular race.

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Report this Dec. 23 2005, 11:06 pm

Instancing is not an unrelated subject...theyre talking about 'free-roam' space and the rewards in playing in this part of space. That could mean there'd be less requirement on missions directly from Star Fleet, as you'd be in 'mission type situations' in parts of space you can explore, which quite possibly means light instancing, which I'm all for.

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