It’s not that the news of Star Trek Online’s Klingon faction being PvP-only (or, at least, primarily PvP) is particularly recent, but as Cryptic is beginning to focus on this aspect of their upcoming title, it’s bound to bring out more than a few strong opinions regarding the subject, such as:
- People who were hoping to play factions other than Starfleet/Federation and get the full game experience
- People who were hoping for other playable factions (such as Romulan, Borg, etc.) that won’t be there on release
- People who are suspicious that this is a sign that Cryptic’s had to cut some serious corners to get STO out on time
- People who couldn’t care less, one way or the other
Valid feelings, all. I never thought that there’d be too many Klingon players anyway, so it’s not a dumb thing to focus primarily on the Starfleet game and to adjust to the thought that PvP races are sort of “bonus” content for the game.
And then Jack Emmert goes and dumps a whole bucketful of gasoline on the issue:
“Secondly, yes, Klingon gameplay is almost entirely PvP. We are trying to get some PvE in (there’s already a tad bit). And, if the players demand it, we’ll add more content (like episodes). I want us to be agile as a company and respond to what the customers want.
Third, I’ll reiterate my point in the other thread. I’m most excited about playing a Klingon. I love combat in a bird of prey. Klingons are getting attention – from me. It’s not as much as I’d want, but we have a foundation that we can grow into. If people like the federation gameplay, we can put that in for the Klingons. If players have a different set of requests for klingons, we can do that instead. We can make STO into the game that YOU want.
I’ll close with that. MMORPG’s aren’t just about release. They’re about community and the years of gameplay. Disappointed that there isn’t more Klingon gameplay? Play STO, tell us what you’d like and we can deliver that. Every passing day, we can make STO into what the fans want.”
I’m really split on how to take this statement. Positive Syp says, “Hey, at least he’s addressing it head-on — and he’s striking the right notes. Agile company. Respond to customer demands. He likes Klingons.” Positive Syp thinks that no matter why Cryptic went this route, they’re kind of damned-if-they-do, damned-if-they-don’t speak about it, so might as well start the conversation and avoid the appearance of ignoring this potential point of contention. Positive Syp (but not OVERLY Positive, I’ll leave that to the pros) thinks that if Cryptic is kind of smart to bide their time and see what type of demand there might be for Klingon PvE content.
Then there’s Negative Syp, that Grinchy Scrooge of the season. He says, “Well, now they’re in for it. He’s opened his mouth and basically dared players to bombard them with petulant requests for more content, and if they don’t deliver, they’re screwed.” Negative Syp thinks that if there’s one thing that MMO gamers are particularly skilled at, it’s demanding what they want from developers.
So I don’t know who to listen. But if you’re curious more about Cryptic’s thinking on the subject, check out this article at MMORPG.com.