More details have emerged concerning the options for Klingon gameplay in Star Trek: Online.
Klingon gameplay is one of Star Trek Online‘s most unique features. It exists as an additional advancement path for players, and offers different gameplay options to players more interested in player-vs.-player (PvP) combat.
Players will be able to create a Klingon character after they unlock the first sector block of Federation content, about five hours into the game. Their Klingon character will begin at a rank approximately equal to the Federation character that unlocked the content.
Klingon Captains have the same number of skills available as their Federation counterparts, including the same professions. The Klingon Captain can be a Science, Engineering or Tactical officer. However, they must advance through PvP, as they will not have access to the same amount of player-vs.-environment (PvE) content as Federation players at launch.
While they are PvP-focused, PvP in Star Trek Online is something that was designed from the ground up to be a viable advancement path, meaning both Klingon and Federation players can reach a rank of Admiral solely through PvP. Players can engage in team vs. team, Federation vs. Klingon, Klingon vs. Klingon and Federation vs. Federation combat. What’s more, certain PvP maps will have PvE objectives over which opposing players can struggle.
- Challenges allow two teams to square off in a private instance created for them on-the-fly.
- Arena maps are team-vs.-team match-ups in instances, played either by teams that challenge one another, or by randomly-assigned teams created via a global queue system.
- Scenarios feature objective-oriented gameplay like Assault and Area Control. The Assault scenario is straightforward: Move forces from your area to the opponents’, inflicting more casualties than you suffer. The Area Control scenario is more subtle: Capture key objectives and hold them longer than your opponents to win the day.
- War Zone maps are static maps that are always open for players to join. Both factions may enter this may enter this map, which has Open Mission-style PvE objectives to achieve, with the twist that members of opposing factions can hinder each other’s progress via PvP.
Klingons will also progress through ships in their own way, receiving special variants of ships as they achieve new ranks.