Introduction
We’re very excited to announce the brand new Tier 6 Command Battlecruisers that will be released soon in Star Trek Online. With the release of our anniversary update we added the awesome new Command Captain Specialization tree and Command Bridge Officers. These new starships will allow you to truly take advantage of these new Bridge Officer abilities.

Availability
Command Battlecruisers will be made available in the C-Store very soon. These starships have three variants per faction and are available in three ways:

    • Individually
    • Faction bundles of all three variants
    • A Super bundle that includes all three variants for all three factions

Command Battlecruiser Features
This new type of Tier 6 ship has several features that make them stand out, most notably is the presence of their Inspiration mechanic and Commander Engineering/Command hybrid specialist bridge officer seat. Below are the features for these starships:

  • All Factions
    • Inspiration Mechanic
    • Commander Engineering/Command Bridge Officer Seat
    • Can Equip Dual Cannons
    • 1x Hangar Bay
    • All new Starship Traits
    • Special deployable Platform consoles
  • Klingons and Starfleet
    • Cruiser Command Array
      • Command – Attract Fire
      • Command – Shield Frequency Modulation
  • Romulans
    • Singularity Warp Core
      • 40 Base Power for All Sub-Systems
      • Plasma Shockwave
      • Quantum Absorption
      • Warp Shadows
      • Singularity Jump
      • Singularity Overcharge

Inspiration Mechanic
Command ships are impressive vessels designed to inspire those around them. When the Command ship or its team mates activate any Bridge Officer ability, all Command Ships on the team will receive a small amount of the Inspiration resource. Command Bridge Officer abilities generate additional Inspiration. Once a Command ship's Inspiration meter is full, they can use one of three powerful abilities that can turn the tide of battle.

Inspiration
This resource is built when anybody on your team activates a bridge officer ability. Command Bridge Officer abilities generate more Inspiration. To account for fewer players activating bridge officer abilities when on smaller teams or playing solo, you gain a bonus to Inspiration generation in these circumstances. That said, you will generally be able to generate Inspiration more quickly in a full team.

Inspiration Abilities
When your Inspiration meter is full, you will be able to use one of these three powerful abilities:

Against All Odds
Team Damage Buff and Weapon Power Cost Reduction
While active, you and your team mates will gain a substantial bonus to damage as well as a massive reduction in weapon power cost.  Activating this ability requires a full bar of Inspiration.  Multiple stacks of this ability will extend the duration instead of stacking the potency of the effect.

Battle Preparation
Team Bridge Officer Ability Recharge
When activated, all of your team's Bridge Officer abilities will receive a massive reduction in remaining recharge time.  This will cause most abilities to immediately fully recharge or very nearly fully recharge.  Activating this ability requires a full bar of Inspiration, has a longer recharge time than other Inspiration abilities, and once affected by this ability, you can neither use nor be affected by this ability for a period of time.

Turn the Tide
Team Resistance and Hull Regen Buff
While active, you and your team mates will regenerate hull hit points very quickly and have their damage resistances increased substantially.  Activating this ability requires a full bar of Inspiration.  Multiple stacks of this ability will extend the duration instead of stacking the potency of the effect.

Command Specialist Bridge Officer Seats
All of these ships also include a Commander Engineering/Command hybrid specialist bridge officer seat as well as a second Lieutenant rank Command hybrid specialist bridge officer seat.  The primary profession for this seat varies per Command Battlecruiser variant.

Keep your eyes peeled for a follow up blog for these awesome new ships that will reveal their stats, console abilities and starship traits.

Phil “Gorngonzolla” Zeleski
Lead Systems Designer
Star Trek Online

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