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Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday Expansion Out 2/14 on PS4

Steve Ricossa's Avatar Posted by Executive Producer, Star Trek Online

The year 2016 marked an important moment in the history of modern science-fiction, as fans of Star Trek everywhere celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series.

As we know, Star Trek became a cultural touchstone for people all over the world. It introduced new terminology to the cultural vocabulary with warp drive, cloaking devices, and transporters. It brought social issues such as racism, sexism, and war to the forefront of public consciousness. The theme of an optimistic future, where all people on Earth are united in a quest of exploration, resonated in the tumultuous times of the late 1960s and had just as much bearing then as it does today.

The Star Trek Online team is proud to be part of that forward-thinking culture and the year-long 50th Anniversary celebration through our Agents of Yesterday expansion on PS4.

We began designing Agents of Yesterday in early 2015 for a release on PC in mid-2016 and the team couldn’t have been more excited to dive into that fantastic era from Star Trek: The Original Series. We have people on the team that watched the show as kids when it originally aired, others while it was in syndication, and some who binged the entire three-season series when it was released on streaming services.

When and how people watched the show gave them different perspectives on which episodes were the best, which had the most social impact, and which provided the best themes for us to explore in the expansion. There were many animated (and sometimes heated) debates over which episodes and locations we would bring to life in Star Trek Online, but in the end, we were able to agree on some of the most iconic themes and sets from the show.

Selecting episodes for inspiration was only one part of the development process for the Agents of Yesterday expansion. Star Trek Online takes place in the early 2400s. While we’ve done some time travel missions to the timeframe which Star Trek: The Original Series takes place, we knew we would have a lot of work ahead of us to capture the feel of that era. We had whole environments to create, from starship interiors, to a new Earth Space Dock, to the craggy mountains of Vasquez Rocks that are such a famous part of Star Trek.

There were new abilities and weapons that required visual effects that fit with the 1960’s aesthetic we were hoping to capture. New starships and some enemy groups had to be conceived from scratch while still being true to the classic source material. All of these challenges were met with excitement from the team because, more than creating a great expansion, we knew we were on track to create a fitting tribute to the series that started a pop culture phenomenon.

For some of us this expansion was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, to others it was a true expression of our passion for this franchise. But for the entire development team, Agents of Yesterday was a way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary with our entire community.

This expansion was incredibly well received in its PC launch, and I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy it when it launches February 14 on PS4.

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FadeToOne said:

February 10th, 10:05 am

Please get them to fix the broken Shadows of the Solanae trophy preventing everyone from getting the platinum

Dragonchasers said:

February 10th, 10:52 am

I tried this on PS4 when it launched and it was kind of janky, and systems like the Duty Officer System and R&D were missing.

This seems like a good time to give it another try. I’d love to play this from the couch.

On the PC Agents of Yesterday has like a film grain filter to make it look more like TOS. Are you bringing that to PS4?

Tatanka2007 said:

February 10th, 1:21 pm

I gave Star Trek Online a few hours of my time earlier. It was fun right up until I got to some space combat. The controls were just wonky. It completely soured my experience with it. That and the fact that once PWE bought it, it became F2P. In reality, it’s P2HF (Pay to Have Fun).

Fuhr31 said:

February 10th, 1:40 pm

Downloaded this a while ago but still havent tried it. What we really need is a good story based single player Star Trek game.

    SirOzzalot said:

    February 10th, 10:06 pm

    Would love a Star Trek themed adventure/RPG style game. Maybe like Assassins Creed: Black Flag style, without the assassins.

jim488 said:

February 11th, 1:10 pm

there’s a reason why both screen shots seem like they’re taken from a galaxy far, far away. get any closer and you’ll see just how ps2 the game really looks. i wanted it to be good. it just isn’t.

White_JackaL said:

February 12th, 11:32 am

I would like to like the game, but it felt to cluttered with info and quests and hud elements that I often felt overwhelmed and lost.

DISTURBED1_9_8_6 said:

February 13th, 12:47 am

Honestly, i really like the game on consule. The controls are easy to use, and i like the story so far. I cant wait to see what agents of yesterday bring. I never played this game on pc, i dont care for keyboard controls, too complicated when your in a bind. The ps4 controller is ideal due to the fact that i dont have to look at it every second to see what im doing. Great job guys.

Atombender76 said:

February 15th, 9:16 pm

Woo! The positivity in here is MASSIVE :)

Shoki2012 said:

February 16th, 5:39 am

I am not happy about the turn rates being broken. I hope they fix this soon. Its sad my battlcruisers have a higher turn rate than my escorts. Also the graphics seemed to be a bit lower in quality. I am excited about the new content and armada system. Everyone knows if you play this game there are always bugs when new content is issued. I just hope they fix it fast.

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