There is now an alternate firing mode called “shooter mode”. Shooter mode is very responsive, and allows for quicker acquisition of targets via the targeting reticule. Use L-Mouse and R-Mouse to fire your primary and secondary attack on your weapon. Middle mouse will activate your melee attack. You can, however, still use the keyboard keys - 1, 2, and 3 - if you prefer. Notice you can fire your weapon without a target while in shooter mode, and players can now miss targets.
There are new shooter mode specific keybind options in the options menu
Use the B key to Swap between Shooter and RPG mode. If you open a menu (like your skill page) while in shooter mode, you will temporarily drop back to RPG mode, so you can maintain control over your character and interact with the window.
Players can auto-attack their primary fire in shooter mode by holding down the left mouse button in a default button layout.
It was important to us to maintain the classic RPG control scheme in STO. You can continue to play with the original control, use the new Shooter controls, or switch back and forth on-the-fly at any time.
Although the classic control mechanics are preserved in STO, the ground game has been completely rebalanced. All values including HP, damage, and most ground Kit and Captain Abilities have been modified and updated.
Once of the most significant changes is in the pacing of ground combat. Overall, it is significantly more visceral. Response times and activate times are much quicker and gratifying. Recharge times on the secondary fire for most weapons have been greatly reduced. The overall pacing has greatly improved. We wanted the player to feel powerful, so low ranking critters can be taken out much more quickly. However, commanders have gotten more deadly and will take thought to overcome.
Switching to Advanced or Elite difficulty will give critters a little more HP, but not much. However, they will deal more damage, and some will even gain new abilities. As always, playing at a higher difficulty setting will earn you better rewards.
Advanced and Elite modes have been tuned.
Ensigns now have shields on both advanced and elite modes.
Since you no longer have a free mouse to access other Kits and captain abilities, you can either switch to RPG mode to utilize your powers, or you can use one of the two new power offset mode functionality.
If you set your power tray to card 3, you will then see a brick of power slots that forms three lines. You can place powers on the top and middle line, as usual, but now you can easily access them in shooter mode with your mouse keys. When you press R or T a yellow rectangle will surround three powers. Those powers are now selected. Those selected powers will now active the next time you use your mouse clicks or the 1,2,3 keys the selected powers will be used instead of your weapon. After using any of the powers in the selection box once, the yellow rectangle will go back to your weapons, indicating those are now the selected attacks.
This mode is the default power offset mode.
Pressing R will move this rectangular bar up (when it hits the top it will cycle to the bottom again)
Pressing T will move this rectangular bar right (when it it’s the right it will cycle to the left again)
If you set your powers UI to card 3, you will then see a brick of power slots that form three lines. You can place powers on the top and middle line, as usual, but now you can easily access them in shooter mode with your mouse keys. By pressing R all of the powers on line 2 will be placed on your first line, so instead of pressing “Ctrl+1” to use a power you can simply click your 1 key or your L Mouse button. This makes all of your powers more accessible while in shooter mode. Note: your powers tray doesn’t NEED to be set to 3 for this to work, it was simply easier to explain it that way
As mentioned before, most have been overhauled to work better with the new mechanics. In RPG mode, like always, all abilities require a target. However in Shooter mode, it works differently. If ability can target self or friend, you won't need a target. For instance, if you target an ally with a heal, you will heal that target. If you have no friendly target, you will heal yourself. Kit or Captain Abilities that harm or debuff a single foe still requires a target, even in shooter mode. This is to prevent misfires of abilities that have large cooldowns. However, Kit and Captain abilities that are AoE do not require a target to activate in shooter mode. If you have no target, the ability will activate at max range. So, for instance, you can place a Dampening field at a point on the ground in shooter mode.
Melee can be activated with the middle mouse button or the 3 key. It is now a combo. The rifle combo is the most advanced, while the Assault combo is more limited. Rifle Combos will change attacks automatically. The first always tries to push the target back, but if the target has grown resistant to knock backs, the combo will automatically change to expose attacks. Once the target is exposed, the combo will again change to Exploit attacks.
Assault Rapid sweep - Is now a Full Auto Rifle, and now uses Soldier skill instead of Special Forces. It’s much faster and responsive, and its secondary attack can be swept across targets.
Pulsewave rifle and Assault Arcwave - Both of these weapons are now the Pulsewave. We combined the secondary attacks of both weapons into one. The Pulsewave is now effectively an energy shotgun. Its fast and powerful, and both attacks do more damage the closer you are to the target.
Assault Multi-Beam - This weapon was given the most significant upgrade. It is now a minigun! Both attacks have a spool-up time, but are very high in damage. Its secondary attack fires an extremely long burst that can be swept across multiple targets.
All fabrication abilities now have appropriate replicator fx based on whether you are Federation or Klingon.
Equipment Diagnostics - basically the same. Still cures Mechanical Debuffs, but now also gives a shield and damage resistance buff.
Combat Supply - Now creates a clickable crate that you can go to and retrieve temporary hypos, shield charges and power cell devices.
Medical Generator - the generator now simply has a healing/Damage Resistance aura around it. It no longer heals/buffs one target at a time.
Turret Fabrication - now summons a phaser turret for Federation and a Disruptor turret for Klingons. Each version of Turret Fabrication (I, II and III) comes with an increasingly better weapon.
Seeker Drone - No longer requires a target to summon. Drone acts more like Security Escort and will follow you and attack any nearby foes. Now summons a phaser Drone for Federation and a Disruptor Drone for Klingons. Each version of Seeker Drone (I, II and III) comes with an increasingly better weapon.
Support Drone - Now summons a phaser Drone for Federation and a Disruptor Drone for Klingons. Its weapons are minimal (one beam - no longer has wide beam), but it comes with Engineering buffs - Equipment Diagnostics, Quick Fix, and Shield Recharge (based on its Version - I, II, or III). Will stay by its assigned target. Support Drone will follow and assist you and only attack foes that attack you. If you select an ally (Away Team member, another fabricated device like a turret or another drone, or any other ally), the support drone will assist that target.
Transphasic Bomb is now functioning as it was meant to.
Orbital Strike - Fixed and awesome. Also, the Klingon version is a Disruptor.
Focus Fire - is now Battle Strategies. This ability was changed because it was mostly redundant with Fire on My Mark. Now, Battle Strategies first applies a short duration buff that removes tactical debuffs and any enemy that attacks the target will have a chance of betting Exposed. Also improves the targets damage for an hour. Can be used on yourself or an ally.
Leg Sweep - Is now Sweeping Strikes. It's now a heavy melee combo or cone attacks (hits more than one target) Has no recharge time.
Motion Accelerator - Is about the same, but will be a PBAoE buff that adds resistance to Holds, Stuns, Roots and slows.
Suppressing Fire - Is about the same, but will be a PBAoE buff that grants you and your ally's weapons the ability to slow their targets with a chance to root.
Lunge - is now a Kirk Drop Kick. This is just an animation change, but pure awesome!
Target Optics - simplified so it no longer needs a foe target to activate. If there are any enemy targets in front of you, they may be exposed when you activate Target Optics.
Recharge time for rally cry has been reduced from 3 minutes to 2 minutes.
Hypospray Dylovene - basically the same. Still cures Toxic, but now also gives a one hour Physical damage buff and a Max HP buff.
Nanoprobe Infestation - fixed and greatly simplified. Simply infects the target with a damage resistance debuff that can infect nearby targets.
Thermal Vents - Now Exothermic Induction Field. Same basic powers (just a name and art change so you are not summoning volcanoes inside starships).
Gravitic Field - Now Gravimetric Shift Electro. Same basic powers (just a name and art change so you are not summoning volcanoes inside starships).
Geophysics - (This refers to the Sklii/Stat not a kit ability) Note the stat is now called Physics. It’s the same stat and it modified the same powers. Just a name change to better reflect the name changes to Thermal Vents and Gravitc Field.
Players can join Fleet Actions via the PvE Queue, which is available through the drop down arrow on the bottom right of the minimap. Within this queue, a player can join a Fleet Action in progress or wait for a new one to start. Players can also start a private queue where they set the level of the map, as well as whether or not squad support is enabled. Private queue minimum levels vary depending on the map chosen. The creator can also set a password if they want to make the Fleet Action completely private. Public queues also have level restrictions. Each queue automatically places a player into an appropriate level band. If a player is grouped with a higher level player and that higher level player joins as a group, all players will go into the same band and those who need it will be get squad support to a pre-defined level. In total, 20 people can be in a single queue, private or otherwise. For private queues, 5 players are needed to launch one. For public, the minimum is 10. Starbase 24 public queue is the only exception to these rules; it requires a minimum of 5 and maxes out at 10. All existing Fleet Actions have been added to the queue system, except for DS9 Under Siege, which is on hold for now.
STO now supports On-Demand Patching. Instead of downloading every file that the game ever needs before running the game, the launcher will now just download required and commonly used files. This will lead to much faster initial installs and getting back into the game more quickly after large updates. As you play the game, if another file is needed, the game will automatically patch it on demand.
For those who want to keep the current behavior of downloading the full patch before being able to play, you can check the option “Disable on-demand patching” in the game launcher options.
Borg now adapt to your weapons on a per-player, by energy type basis.
Use a new Frequency Remodulator to clear Borg adaptation to your ground weapons (or fight hand-to-hand).
You must equip frequency remodulators on your bridge crew when they fight the Borg. Without this device they will not remodulate their weapons
The Frequency Modulator is available in your ship replicator.
Quick Fix can be used to clear the “Adapted” debuff from turrets or other players.
Assimilation is no longer a stun/dot.
When a Borg attempts to assimilate they will inject their target with the debuff “Borg Nanites”.
Borg Nanites applies a long-term debuff that will cause you to become assimilated if you drop to 25% health. In this case your character then becomes a Borg drone and starts attacking your allies on its own.
The Borg Nanites Debuff can be cleared by using Nanite Health Monitor.
A player will be allowed to respawn out of assimilation when any of these conditions have been met.
They have been assimilated for 60 seconds.
They exit combat.
They have been killed.
Borg now have shields by default, except for the ensign-level drones.
Borg neural suppressant hold duration and chance has been reduced.
The Borg critter group now contains female Borg.
Borg interlink nodes have been removed from the game.
Players will no longer have to hunt them down to kill a group of Borg.
The chance that Borg will summon reinforcements has been reduced.
If they do manage to summon reinforcements they will be regular ensign drones, not proto drones.
Borg will now maintain a slow moving pace at all times.
Updated Red Matter Capacitor to repair all subsystems, rather than just Auxiliary.
Set all Psionic damage to 100% Shield penetration.
All species traits have been tuned.
Set all Psionic damage to 100 Shield penetration.
Fire Suppression Device and Breen CRM200 can now extinguish all fires, whether they are on the ground or player/NPC.
Certain Federation Engineering abilities will display hyperspanner geo instead of a tricorder where appropriate.
Player armor and uniforms have been updated with new normal map compression. This allows us to display our uniforms and armor at roughly 4 times their previous resolution, at the same memory cost.
Gorn now have new geometry, textures, etc. This is a complete replacement for the old Gorn art. Your Grom player costumes can now have taller, bulkier proportions, as well as access bare-chest uniform options.
IMPORTANT NOTE: When you log in, your Gorn will look the same. You can do nothing and keep it as it looks now. The next time you enter the tailor and purchase your costume, your Gorn will be instantly updated to the new look, and once you accept the changes, you will forever have the new Gorn look. You cannot go back once accepting the changes. This applies to all player characters and bridge officers.
Gorn have a slightly updated stance while walking.
There are now a variety of head and uniform presets.
There are new customization options in the tailor.
Leather bracers, leather collar, a chest strap, additional vest options, head spikes, allow bare chests with armor or a vest.
There are now face proportion scaling sliders.
The default Gorn Preset is bare-chested.
New Uniform Material Options.
Many Federation uniforms now have the option to choose between Glossy and Matte material options. When a uniform that has this option is chosen, a new “Material” dropdown box will appear and allow you to make your material choice. Currently the Antares, Sierra, and Jupiter uniforms have this ability.
Female Federation players will have access to 3 new skirts, and 2 new boots in the Antares/Sierra style.
Federation players can now use most any badge they own with most any uniform they own. Certain badges have alternate versions available to ensure compatibility: For example, the default Terran Mirror Universe badge sits in the same spot as the pips on most jackets, so an alternate version was created on the opposite side of the jacket.
New customization options have been added for some species.
2 new Trill spot patterns.
2 new Andorian and Aenar antenna options (also updated the old Andorian and Aenar antenna).
The following NPC critter groups have received a costume polish pass.
The Guramba Siege Destroyer will now display the Aegis texture on all of its stanchions.
Removed some excessive glow from the bottoms of Galaxy hulls.
Fixed a texture error on the top and bottom of the Defiant.
Ship Material Texture Updates.
The new normal map compression technology that was used to improve uniforms and armor has been used on ship materials for both factions. They will now display at 4 times their previous resolution for the same memory cost.
Bridge officers will use BOff powers on themselves if they don’t have a target when they use them.
The master looter option doesn’t allow the master looter to hand out items.
Players cannot adjust the color of their chat text.
Established Klingon characters can appear to get stuck in the Warrior’s Hall. You can fix this by talking to Sparring Master B’Elotja within the Warriors Hall just east of the fighting circle and accepting the mission “Lighting the Way” from her. This will re-activate the doorway back out to First City.
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