A Feature Episode, or Featured Episodes are storyline missions released as part of a special event. They have come in two iterations; feature episodes which were time limited series which ran until 2014 and featured episodes which were single missions launched during an event. The format was retired in 2018, replaced by Featured Task Force Operations.
Feature episodes (2010-2014)[edit | edit source]
They were designed to prevent long waits between mission releases via seasons. Cryptic argued that the content delivered through large content updates was "burned" through by the players within a short amount of time, thus resulting in a longer wait for new content. By releasing new missions on a weekly basis, the players get less content per individual update but gain the feeling of anticipation similar to a new episode of the television series.
Initially, because the Breen Front missions were released first, they were available at all player levels, and the mark gear rewards were level-matched. A Feature Episode used to be regularly released on Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. Pacific time for five weeks at a time. They were typically five missions long and told an overarching story. Following the Free To Play release, the episode format was tightened up and all Series were fit in to a level-appropriate range. Hence why the 2800 Dominion series now occurs during the level-progression mission plotline before the Breen.
Special "reruns" of these episodes also used to be held, which allowed special mission rewards to be collected. All Feature Episode missions have since been incorporated into the main story sequence and Cryptic moved from the 5-mission-block-type Featured Episodes to stand-alone releases of story missions called "Featured Episodes".
Cold War[edit | edit source]
Missions are listed under The Breen Invasion in the in-game mission journal.
Minimum level required to accept missions: 48 (Fed) 46 (KDF)
|Episode #||Name||Release Date|
|1||“Cold Call”||28 August, 2010|
|2||“Out in the Cold”||4 September, 2010|
|3||“Cold Comfort”||11 September, 2010|
|4||“Cold Case”||18 September, 2010|
|5||“Cold Storage”||25 September, 2010|
Spectres[edit | edit source]
Missions are listed under The Klingon War for Federation players and The Federation War for Klingon players in the in-game mission journal. Previously this Feature Series has also been called "The Devidians".
Minimum level required to accept missions: 11 (Fed) 25 (KDF)
|Episode #||Name||Release Date|
|1||“Skirmish”||16 October, 2010|
|2||“Spin the Wheel”||23 October, 2010|
|3||“What Lies Beneath”||30 October, 2010|
|4||“Everything Old is New”||6 November, 2010|
|5||“Night of the Comet”||13 November, 2010|
Cloaked Intentions[edit | edit source]
Missions are listed under The Romulan Mystery in the in-game mission journal.
Minimum level required to accept missions: 34 (Fed) 36 (KDF)
|Episode #||Name||Release Date|
|1||“The Vault”||5 February, 2011|
|2||“Mine Enemy”||12 February, 2011|
|3||“Frozen”||19 February, 2011|
|4||“Coliseum”||26 February, 2011|
|5||“Cutting the Cord”||5 March, 2011|
|6||“Darkness Before the Dawn”||5 March, 2011|
The 2800[edit | edit source]
Mission names are listed under the Cardassian Struggle for Federation players and under Dominion Domination for Klingon players in the in-game mission journal.
Minimum level required to accept missions: 45 (Fed) 41 (KDF)
|Episode #||Name||Release Date|
|1||“Second Wave”||11 February, 2012|
|2||“Of Bajor”||18 February, 2012|
|3||“Operation Gamma”||25 February, 2012|
|4||“Facility 4028”||3 March, 2012|
|5||“Boldly They Rode”||10 March, 2012|
Re-Runs[edit | edit source]
On occasion Feature Episodes have been given "re-run" events, allowing players to gain the limited edition series rewards;
- “Cold Storage” (from the Cold War arc) awards the [Breen Tactical Officer Candidate].
- “Night of the Comet” (from the Spectres arc) awards the [Ophidian Cane].
- “Cutting the Cord” (from the Cloaked Intentions arc) awards the [Reman Science Officer Candidate].
- “Boldly They Rode” (from The 2800 arc) awards the [Shard of Possibilities].
- During the 2013 re-run, the first completed Featured Episode-mission per day per account also rewarded 15 , prior to this lobi were hidden within the missions. Lobi were removed from 2014 onward.
|Arc||Platform||Start Date||End Date|
|Cold War (released as "The Breen")||PC||5 May 2011||11 May 2011|
|Cold War (released as "The Breen")||PC||10 November 2011||30 November 2011|
|Cold War||PC||24 May 2012||30 May 2012|
|Cold War||PC||31 October 2013||5 December 2013|
|Cold War||PC||16 May 2014||27 May 2014|
|Cold War||PC||11 January 2018||25 January 2018|
|Cold War||Console||22 February 2018||8 March 2018|
|Spectres (released as "The Devidians")||PC||12 May 2011||18 May 2011|
|Spectres (released as "The Devidians")||PC||10 November 2011||30 November 2011|
|Spectres||PC||3 May 2012||9 May 2012|
|Spectres||PC||31 October 2013||5 December 2013|
|Spectres||PC||16 May 2014||27 May 2014|
|Spectres||PC||11 January 2018||25 January 2018|
|Spectres||Console||22 February 2018||8 March 2018|
|Cloaked Intentions||PC||19 May 2011||25 May 2011|
|Cloaked Intentions||PC||10 November 2011||30 November 2011|
|Cloaked Intentions||PC||10 May 2012||16 May 2012|
|Cloaked Intentions||PC||31 October 2013||5 December 2013|
|Cloaked Intentions||PC||16 May 2014||27 May 2014|
|Cloaked Intentions||PC||11 January 2018||25 January 2018|
|Cloaked Intentions||Console||22 February 2018||8 March 2018|
|The 2800||PC||17 May 2012||23 May 2012|
|The 2800||PC||31 October 2013||5 December 2013|
|The 2800||PC||16 May 2014||27 May 2014|
|The 2800||PC||11 January 2018||25 January 2018|
|The 2800||Console||22 February 2018||8 March 2018|
Featured Episode (2013-2018)[edit | edit source]
A change of concept began 2013 with the release of single "Featured Episodes" on special occasions – actually consisting of one long mission, instead of five weekly published missions. During the event they would be available to all players level 10+ in a special tab.
Similar to the prior Feature Episodes, after the event these missions get integrated into the regular storyline progression at a particular level. They were, however, never part of the "Feature Episode" re-runs while they occurred or their rewards.
Most missions from the Solanae Sphere Arc onward have been featured episodes upon release, but not all. During an expansion, some episodes go straight into the regular order without any event surrounding them; for example “Ragnarok”, “Revelations” or “Empress Sela”. Meanwhile others are placed far earlier in the mission order than most featured episodes, notably “Temporal Ambassador”.
To encourage replay. the mission rewards have tended to include a gear set of 3 to 4 pieces with only one selectable each time. For example: a ground armour, shield and weapon. Each part of the set would be added to the available rewards each week of the event, but would be available permanently afterwards.
Weekly Reward[edit | edit source]
A Featured Episode Weekly Reward is a special reward box available to Featured Episodes during their initial run. One box is available each week, per account. The reward box is account bound and on opening contains a choice of either one [Enhanced Universal Tech Upgrade], or one Specialization Point (claimable by all, but only usable on Level 50+ characters).
Standard rewards on Featured Episodes tend also to be staggered; so that one part of a set is available each week. These two elements combined encourage re-playing of the mission during its initial release.
Anniversary Missions[edit | edit source]
Featured Episodes linked to the Anniversary Event also offer a free endgame starship, but only during the inital 3-4 weeks of the mission's release. The Featured Episode for the 3 Year Anniversary Event granted a free Tier 5 Ambassador Class (in addition to the Tier 3 version currently available) during the Anniversary Event only.
The following year, the first play-through of “A Step Between Stars” rewarded 400 Anniversary Qmendations, with a further 40 for each play-through of “Party Patrol”. 1000 of these vouchers rewarded the player with a Tier 5 ship. This was repeated the following years; only with Qmendation's being replaced by Anniversary Prize Vouchers in 2016 and the reward from Party Patrol being moved to “Omega Molecule Stabilization”.
List of featured episodes[edit | edit source]
Featured TFOs (2018 onwards)[edit | edit source]
As part of the revamp of PvE queues as Task Force Operations, it was decided to replace Featured Episodes with Featured Task Force Operations as TFOs were more suited to repetition than a narrative episode. As such, no further Featured Episodes would be produced.
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PC Release Date
Console Release Date
|Star Trek Online||Game launch||
02 Feb 2010
6 Sep 2016
|PvP, new fleet actions, more customization options|
24 Mar 2010
|Level cap increase (40-50), Tier 5 ships, new content (Undine Advance, Klingon Sector, Diplomacy missions)|
27 Jul 2010
|The Foundry (Beta), Sector Space graphics revamp|
09 Dec 2010
|Ground combat revamp, UI update, revamp of First City|
07 Jul 2011
Call to Arms
|Defera Adventure Zone, Duty Officer system, skill revamp and STF overhaul|
01 Dec 2011
|Fleet Advancement System (including fleet ships and missions), Nukara Adventure Zone|
12 Jul 2012
|New Romulus Adventure Zone, Reputation System (Task Force Omega, New Romulus), and Tau Dewa Sector Block|
13 Nov 2012
|Legacy of Romulus||Playable Romulan faction (with its own ships, missions and hubs), Klingon missions for levels 1-20, Nimbus Adventure Zone, UI revamp, New equipment slot: Warp Core, Nukara Strikeforce reputation|
21 May 2013
|New enemy (the Voth) and Dyson Joint Command reputation faction, Dyson Sphere Space Adventure Zone & Ground Battlezone, Starfleet tutorial revamp|
12 Nov 2013
|Season 8.5||4th Anniversary with new Feature Mission, Klingon War revamp, Quick Equip, Loadouts, starship switching mechanics|
30 Jan 2014
A New Accord
|New Feature Mission advancing timeline to 2410, Space Battlezone, Borg Advance revamp, revamp of Reputation System, 8472 Counter-Command reputation faction, Traits & Kits|
22 Apr 2014
|Season 9.5||Crafting revamp|
21 Jul 2014
|Delta Rising||Level cap increase (50-60), Tier 6 ships, Mk XIII-XIV gear (Gear Upgrade System), addition of Delta Quadrant, Captain Specialization system, Delta Alliance reputation faction and Kobali adventure zone|
14 Oct 2014
|Mid-season update||Command Specialization, Bridge Officer training revamp, Secondary Deflectors, Romulan Mystery arc revamp, Foundry Top 3|
29 Jan 2015
The Iconian War
|New enemy (the Heralds), Iconian Resistance reputation faction, expanded Pilot specialization and complete overhaul of Sector Space into Alpha, Beta, and Delta Quadrants|
21 Apr 2015
|Season 10.5||Fleet Research Lab, Fleet Armada System|
16 Jul 2015
|Beginning of new major story arc, Admiralty System, Cardassian Struggle revamp, Badlands Battlezone, Terran Task Force reputation faction|
27 Oct 2015
|Season 11.5||Skill system revamp, Visual Slots, Romulan Republic Admiralty campaign, Strategist Specialization|
12 Apr 2016
|Agents Of Yesterday||New TOS Starfleet playable faction, Yesterday's War arc, Temporal Operative Specialization, Temporal Defense Initiative reputation faction||
6 Jul 2016
14 Feb 2017
|Agents Of Yesterday: Artifacts||Fleet Station K-13, Kit revamp, graphics and lighting update, beginning of new major story arc|
25 Oct 2016
|New enemy (the Tzenkethi), Tzenkethi Battlezone, R&D: Kits and Modules School, Lukari Restoration Initiative reputation||
26 Jan 2017
18 Apr 2017
|Competitive Wargames reputation, Space Skill rebalance, Player Potential System||
25 Apr 2017
6 Jun 2017
|Season 13.5||Endeavor System, Ferengi Alliance Admiralty campaign||
18 Jul 2017
7 Sep 2017
|New Fleet Colony World five-tier holding and defense queues, “Red Alert: Tzenkethi”, Miracle Worker Specialization||
3 Oct 2017
14 Nov 2017
|Season 14.5||Constable Specialization||
3 Apr 2018
22 May 2018
|Victory is Life||New Dominion playable faction, level cap increase (65), Mk XV gear, playable Cardassians, Gamma Quadrant arc and locations, including Gamma Quadrant Battlezone, Gamma Task Force reputation faction, Deep Space 9 revamp||
5 Jun 2018
25 July 2018
Age of Discovery
|New Star Trek: Discovery-themed Starting Experience, Task Force Operations (formerly Queues) Revamp, Mission Journal Streamlining, Tier Six Reputations||
9 Oct 2018
13 Nov 2018
Mirror of Discovery
|Personal Endeavors, New story arc, 9 Year Anniversary Event||
23 Jan 2019
5 Mar 2019
Rise of Discovery
|All Tier 6 starships converted to level-scaling, Discovery Legends reputation faction||
14 May 2019
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