Star Trek Online Expansion Lets You Play Romulans
There have been whispers. A Romulan Empire seal at the end of Star Trek Online‘s 3-year anniversary spotlight trailer sent the excitement level of Trek fans through the roof. May 2013 it teased. Was it an event, a new set of missions, or could it be…gasp…an expansion?
Today we have the official announcement from Cryptic Studios that there is indeed a Star Trek Online expansion coming on May 21st, and it is titled Legacy of Romulus. The Romulans are coming, and you can help rebuild the Romulan Star Empire. But wait, there’s more. The expansion, it will be free. That’s right, Community Manager Branflakes confirmed via the forums today that the expansion is free. There will be new C-Store offerings once the expansion goes live, but we will have to wait for more details.
Enough build up. What do we get when the expansion hits in May?
Play As A Romulan
Play as a Romulan or Reman and immerse yourself in new story-driven missions written exclusively from the Romulan Republic’s point of view.
Create your first character as a member of the Federation, Klingon Empire, or Romulan Republic and level your captain from 1 to 50.
Romulan captains take command of mighty Warbird Class starships. Push the engines to the limit and unleash the new and devastating powers of the Singularity Core.
Denise Crosby returns to reprise her role as Empress Sela. Play a game of political cat-and-mouse as you delve deeper into the intrigue surrounding the destruction of Romulus.
Uncover the horrifying truth behind a mysterious new enemy that seeks to terrorize the Beta Quadrant and exterminate your people.
Join the fight against the Tholians in this new Reputation and unlock exclusive rewards and benefits for maximum level captains.
Customize and rearrange your existing traits. Unlock new advanced traits and abilities, further specializing your captain and crew.
Choose the HUD color palate that works for you. Experience new and improve UI screens with easier to read options and enhanced interactions.
So that’s quite a bit of new and shiny coming in the Leagacy of Romulus Star Trek Online Expansion. There are of course some questions that are raised with the announcement of this expansion and the addition of a third faction when the Klingon Empire is currently in such an incomplete state. Hopefully more details will come out in the next few weeks regarding Cryptic’s plans for the Klingons as well as the new Romulan faction. Being able to begin any of the three factions at level 1 suggests we are going to be seeing more content.
With both homeworlds of Romulus and Remus destroyed, players of the Romulan faction will be taking on the role of a survivor who wanders the universe in the aftermath of unspeakable devastation in the Legacy of Romulus Star Trek Online expansion. You must uncover the dark secrets of the empire, and rise up against an oppressive regime to demand your freedom. All the while a mysterious new enemy stalks the Beta Quadrant.
I can’t help but once again feel the level of excitement I felt when Star Trek Online was first announced, and hopefully the improvements the game has seen over the last three years will carry over into the Legacy of Romulus expansion and make for many more exciting STO adventures.
Flip through the gallery below to check out some of the awesome screenshots Cryptic unveiled with the Star Trek Online expansion, and we will keep you updated on any information that comes along regarding Legacy of Romulus.