Star Trek Online (STO) turns 4 next month but Cryptic is kicking off the festivities early. Today marks the release of the mid-season 8.5 update, adding a new feature episode mission starring Tim Russ, the actor that portrayed Tuvok in Star Trek Voyager. The update also revamps early Federation missions with new art and gameplay improvements, adds a new shuttle PvP map, and new hourly calendar events.

In addition to the new 8.5 content, STO also released its 4th anniversary event, featuring a new party with Q on Earth Spacedock, Qo'noS and New Romulus Command. Visit Q each day to earn Qmendations and other prizes. The anniversary festivities will run through Thursday, February 27, 2014. Players can also claim a free classic Federation uniform as today’s anniversary giveaway from Cryptic.

Lastly, Cryptic revealed a new infographic that looks back on the first four years of STO with some telling statistics and milestones.

Source: STO Anniversary, 8.5 Update

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