Questions by Benjamin J. de la
Durantaye, Executive Editor, Ten Ton Hammer
Answers by Zeke Sparkes , Star
Trek Online (Cryptic Studios)
Klingons have been the hot topic of Star Trek Online
for the past couple of weeks and it has sparked a lot of discussion. The recent announcement that Klingons will be PvP
centric has the community posting furiously. Some love the idea, some
hate it. Ten Ton Hammer wanted to get to the grit of the topic, so we
spoke with Zeke Sparkes of Cryptic Studios. If there's one man that
knows about Klingons in the game, it's Zeke.
Ten Ton Hammer: In regards to Klingon versus Klingon
will players be able to vie for power in the empire with this type of
behind the combat is that there is always inter-house rivalry
going on within the Klingon empire. The player created houses
function like fleets do for the Federation. All of the rising to
power, titles, and responsibilities are determined by the players.
There are two major reasons (two houses) for the Klingon versus
Klingon PvP, namely House Martok and House Duras due to the current
High Chancellor Gempock being backed by house Duras.
When a player jumps into PvP there will be two sides and those sides
will be in support of one of the two major houses. There are no
long-term ramifications for the sides and the effects on the players
but provide the reason for the two sides during this time of war.
Ten Ton Hammer: Will players be able
to do content for both of the houses or
will they need to pick a side?
There is really no mechanic for picking a side; their
position will be more influenced by which side of the PvP conflict is
in need of players.
Ten Ton Hammer: Is there any sort of
faction rewards for that kind of action?
There is a set of PvP rewards but there are no specific
rewards for either of the two houses, you won't be completing quests
for House Duras or Martok. Players get ranks and medals for their
efforts which are used for rewards.
Ten Ton Hammer: So what would happen
to a Klingon if they could get into Federation territory, or can they
even get there?
At launch the only place they can co mingle is the Warzone
near Eridani Sector Block and that is in Deep Space K7 by Sherman's
Planet and where the Klingon's outpost is located. That is where the
is the heaviest. And while there can be both Klingon and Federation
ships, no combat happens in sector space, so challenges would have to
be issued or go to the PvP maps for that area to engage each other.
Ten Ton Hammer: Klingons will still
have to accept challenges then; they won't be open game?
Yes, in sector space the combatants will have to
issue and accept challenges. There are open world PvP maps where there
are fleet actions and it is open PvP.
combat - Klingon style
Ten Ton Hammer: Martial combat is a
large part of Klingon tradition. Will we see more melee weapons for
Klingons than on the Federation side?
You can bet on seeing Bat'leth at launch and we have
weapons in the game and we're working on players being able to use
them. There is a big difference between just putting weapons in the
game and incorporating more mechanics. We tend to add more attacks
along with weapons which creates something of a combo system. Depending
on what order you execute your attacks will determine what powers
become available and you'll unlock more moves. The Bat'leth has an
series of moves, not just the weapon. This is just one example of how
it's more complicated than just adding weapons. We want to make sure
it's cool and exciting and not just another weapon in your hand.
Ten Ton Hammer: How does a new Klingon
start? There has been discussion of no tutorial. Where do they go to
begin and what's available to them to start progressing?
There is no tutorial for how the ships fly or the ground
combat works, but there is a tutorial of the Klingon gameplay and you
get introduced to the backstory and different functional areas of
Qo'nos great hall. It's a beautiful and immense hall, and the
artist has done a great job with it. Your first mission will require
to prove yourself prior to the people of the hall even speaking with
you. Then the people will walk you through the areas and introduce you
to the different styles of missions that are available. Some will be
deep space incursions for example and then you'll also be introduced
into the warzone that we discussed last week.The goal is show you all
of the various options.