Many proud owners of the Galor, Jem’Hadar Dreadnought and Jem’Hadar Heavy Escort were left in tears, as yesterday’s patch came out with T6 versions of those three ships!
(Or perhaps “left in rage” is more apt…)
This is, of course, not really news, as the T6 Keldon and JH ships came out on the console versions a few weeks ago. Although I am not personally in the market for one of these, I do like them (you know, the whole canon and recognition mentality), and Fungi’s toon Nayra is modeled as a Vorta (her whole bridge crew are likewise modeled after Vorta and Jem’Hadar), so she would be interested in one of these ships.
The introduction of these T6 upgrades is a bit unusual, and also caused some weird reactions from the playerbase. In no particular order:
- I may be mistaken about this, but aren’t these the first T6 ships to go directly to an Infinity Box, without hogging the spotlight with their own special lockbox? Except for the Heavy Escort, of course, which is a lobi store item. Does this make them the “direct to video” version of bad Hollywood movies?
- Some current owners of the Galor and Jem’Hadar ships have been loudly asking whether they get a free pass to the T6 ships. Which is an odd question to ask, really, because there has been no precedence for that. If you bought a T5 Oddy, you’re going to buy a brand new T6 at full price, no freebie here. Dunno why they expect preferential treatment.
- People have been reporting the Exchange prices of T5 Galors going UP, doubling from 100m EC to 200m EC last night, which seems to surprise everyone (certainly surprised me). The only viable explanation is that if collectors view the retired T5s as ‘vintage vanity items’, which admittedly is a pretty thin argument especially when the new T6 ships can use the old T5 skins. I’m looking at market manipulation here.
- With T6 Cardassian and Dominion ships now available, I personally take that as a sign that any Dominion/Gamma Quadrant-based faction is pushed outside the current development window. It was a pipe dream anyway, but now I can officially give up on it.
On top of the Dominion and Cardassian ships, there’s been hints and leaks that point at other ships that may be incoming. It looks like the oft-requested T6 Nebula is in the works, and this Star Trek Attack Wing promo seems to imply that a T6 Sovereign is ready for release. Neither of these ships was part of a cross-faction bundle in their T5 incarnations, so does that mean the Klingons and Romulans are left out twisting in the wind again? I’m not sure if there is any essential Romulan design that still needs some T6 love, but I know many KDF players are still eagerly waiting for the Vor’cha and Vo’quv.