I’m playing STO since january 2012, when they release the game as free to play.
One week after I bought a lifetime subscirption 🙂
The first 18 months were perfect. They were improving the game and of course sometimes changing the amout of ressources it was possible to obtain as reward of some missions, were making people not happy but the game was fun to play, my friend list was averaging 15-20 people online regularly.
But then something broke and for sure something happened in the management team of the game.
They created reputation system that was using the same principle as for the fleet holdings. You put projects, fill them with ressources and earn some reputation experience toward a goal, the max reputation tier.
They increase the number of reputation system each time they were making new ennemies. It makes people stay in game to farm the tokens and ressources needed for those projects. That is ok. STO is a farming game since the beginning.
The big problem started when they change the reputation system to make it “easier”. In fact they just change it completely and screw the former players, long timers in making the system more easy for the new players that don’t want to spend days farming for some projects.
And what about us ? I’ve spent months on those projects, never complaining and they change everything. Worse, those reputation system are divided in 5 tier. Each tier was rewarding an activable or passives skills.
I ended up with 16 passives (4 skills x 4 tier) and 4 activables skills (1 per tier 5).
Seems some players were complaining that long timer were too strong, so they decide to screw us again by allowing us to have only the 4 activable skills and 4 space – 4 ground passive skills renaming them “traits”
Means I lost 8 passives skills on all my end game characters.
I can say now, clearly that they do everything possible to increase the player cash deposit ingame. You know this system of f2p games, there are stores where u can buy points with your real cash and with those points, buy items, fashions, ships, etc …
In STO, there is a special exchange for those “Zen” points toward an important ressources ingame called “Dilithium”
Around a year ago I was farming dilithium and exchanging them on this market to buy zen. I paid 90 dil for 1 zen.
The prices at this moment is 157 / 1. yesterday I checked it was 150. It’s increasing everydays.
They announced some times ago a new update as they are implementing 2 full seasons of content every year, now, with a half update of previous season in summer. So we will have update 9.5 soon.
Ok they will finally improve the crafting system that lots of players including me asked them to do for a long time now, but for that they are again changing plenty of things.
The ressources of crafting were, as of today, obtainable easily and you could farm them in some exploration areas called clusters. Those explorations clusters were directly linked for me with the Star Trek universe. Exploration is the base of Star Trek.
and you can purchase R&D packs from the C-Store, which will give you an assortment of materials.
For those looking for a leg up on their competition, Research and Development Booster Packages are available in the C-store for 300 ZEN. These packs includes: 40 R&D materials (15 common materials or better, 15 uncommon materials or better, 6 rare materials or better, and 3 very rare materials), 8 R&D components (3 Mk II or better, 3 Mk VI or better, and 2 Mk X or better) and 3 R&D catalysts that can be used to increase your effective school skill on a given project, yielding a higher chance to create a higher quality item. A bundle of 4 R&D Booster Packages is also available at a discount, for 1,000 ZEN.
With the rate of $10 = 1000 Zen. Ok We will still be able to collect ressources on planets, doing missions, etc but it’s becoming really sad and disappointing.
And today my friend list has max 5 people online at same time, and max 10 players are playing regularly compared to before where I could have 40-50 players in a week.
Cryptic/PWE continue like this and you’ll do like Bioware/EA, destroying your communities and losing players, the real ones.
I consider myself a loyal player but enough is enough. We ask more kdf content for years now, more stories, more long missions. You are doing all wrong.