News broke this morning that Season 11 is coming in September, titled New Dawn. Here is the official announcement.
This is red hot news but still too early to tell what’s going on, but it has been generating excitement among the playerbase, especially an “Admiralty” system that allows players to send their inactive ships on missions. The conjecture at this point is that this will be a variation of the Doff assignments, which is probably reasonable. While it might be fun to be able to call your inactive ships into space battles, I would be annoyed if that means I need to properly equip all of them. As it is I don’t have a lot of ships “parked”, only a handful which I use as “mobile storage” for extra gear, so this system is probably not going to be a big thing for me. :p
The thing that grabs me is this: New Dawn, following the epic conclusion of the five-year The Iconian War story arc, will rise out of the dark wartime adventure to reveal a brand-new story centered on hope and exploration. Players will be able to navigate uncharted territory to discover planets and stars, establishing outposts and granting missions. This is what I posted about just recently, about how the combat-focus of STO has moved so far away from the exploratory spirit of Star Trek. I’m excited to see what is being planned, how Cryptic is going to attempt to bring STO back to its Trek roots and make exploration fun.
Best of all, to paraphrase a crazy comic book character: “NO MORE ICONIANS“. And their lag-inducing, FPS-crashing shenanigans. 😉
Let’s keep any eye on further news; this has been the most exciting announcement to come out of STO in a long, long time.