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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]

The Feature Episodes were only available during specific events until they were added to the regular episode lineup in 2012

A "Feature Episode" (or "weekly episode") was a concept by Cryptic Studios of advertising and releasing new storyline missions beginning in August 2010 during Season Two: Ancient Enemies.

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;

The rerun in 2013 was as a lead up to Season 8, the 2014 rerun was after the launch of Season 9 and the 2018 re-run was in advance of the 8 Year Anniversary Event.

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]

The first Featured Episode, Temporal Ambassador, rewarded a T5 Ambassador Class during its event only

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]

Mission Release Date Event
“Temporal Ambassador” 31 January 2013 3 Year Anniversary Event
“Sphere of Influence” 30 October 2013 lead-up to Season 8
“A Step Between Stars” 30 January 2014 4 Year Anniversary Event & Season 8.5
“Surface Tension” 22 April 2014 Season 9
“Dust to Dust” 29 January 2015 5 Year Anniversary Event
“Uneasy Allies” 26 March 2015 lead-up to Season 10
“Blood of Ancients” 21 April 2015 Season 10
“Delta Flight” 21 April 2015 Season 10
“House Pegh” 28 May 2015 Season 10
“Time in a Bottle” 17 June 2015 Season 10
“Broken Circle” 16 July 2015 Season 10.5
“Butterfly” 13 August 2015 Season 10.5
“Midnight” 10 September 2015 Season 10.5
“Sunrise” 27 October 2015 Season 11
“Stormbound” 19 November 2015 Season 11
“Time and Tide” 28 January 2016 6 Year Anniversary Event and Season 11
“The Temporal Front” 12 April 2016 Season 11.5
“Echoes of Light” 25 October 2016 AoY: Artifacts
“Of Signs and Portents” 26 January 2017 7 Year Anniversary Event and Season 12
“Survivor” 6 April 2017 Lead up to Season 13
“Mirrors and Smoke” 25 April 2017 Season 13
“Brushfire” 18 July 2017 Season 13.5
“Beyond the Nexus” 12 September 2017 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Melting Pot” 3 October 2017 Season 14
“Scylla and Charybdis” 23 January 2018 8 Year Anniversary Event and Season 14
“Home” 28 June 2018 Victory is Life

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.[1]



Seasons in Star Trek Online
Era Season Focus
PC Release Date
Console Release Date
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Star Trek Online Game launch
02 Feb 2010
6 Sep 2016
Season 1:
 Common Ground
PvP, new fleet actions, more customization options
24 Mar 2010
Season 2:
 Ancient Enemies
Level cap increase (40-50), Tier 5 ships, new content (Undine Advance, Klingon Sector, Diplomacy missions)
27 Jul 2010
Season 3:
 Genesis
The Foundry (Beta), Sector Space graphics revamp
09 Dec 2010
Season 4:
 Crossfire
Ground combat revamp, UI update, revamp of First City
07 Jul 2011
Season 5:
 Call to Arms
Defera Adventure Zone, Duty Officer system, skill revamp and STF overhaul
01 Dec 2011
Season 6:
 Under Siege
Fleet Advancement System (including fleet ships and missions), Nukara Adventure Zone
12 Jul 2012
Season 7:
 New Romulus
New Romulus Adventure Zone, Reputation System (Task Force Omega, New Romulus), and Tau Dewa Sector Block
13 Nov 2012
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Expansion:
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
Season 8:
 The Sphere
New enemy (the Voth) and Dyson Joint Command reputation faction, Dyson Sphere Space Adventure Zone & Ground Battlezone, Federation 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
Season 9:
 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
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Expansion:
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
Season 10:
 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
Season 11:
 New Dawn
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
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Expansion:
Agents Of Yesterday
New TOS Federation 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
Season 12:
 Reckoning
New enemy (the Tzenkethi), Tzenkethi Battlezone, R&D: Kits and Modules School, Lukari Restoration Initiative reputation
26 Jan 2017
18 Apr 2017
Season 13:
 Escalation
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
Season 14:
 Emergence
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
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Expansion:
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
Season 15:
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
N/A
  1. Ten Forward Weekly: 2018/2019 Roadmap!, Cryptic Studios, Twitch