Following yesterday’s announcement of the T6 Nebula/Sutherland (and her two buddies the Laeosa and the Naj’sov), Cryptic has now revealed their stats.
Unsurprisingly, the Nebula is going the route of the heavy/tanky Science route, with lotsa hull and lotsa shields to keep it going. The Naj’sov looks to be even tougher, gaining more hull in exchange for some shields, while the Laeosa go lighter on hull for more maneuverability (and of course, a Battle Cloak). That has always been the Nebula’s thing, and I think it’s a good niche for essentially the first real Klingon and Romulan Sci ships as well.
Stats-wise these are pretty solid, but there is one big issue: the existence of the Eternal, which also happens to be multi-factional. People are already comparing the stats and pointing out the Eternal is superior in every way…. and they’re mostly correct. The introduction of the variable configurations on the Temporal ships gave them some ridiculous boosts that traditional ships simply cannot match — Heidy has gotten used to running her Nautilus in Support configuration now, it’ll be difficult to go back to a ship without that gimmick. If these new ships are inferior to the Eternal right out of the gate, aren’t they DOA?
Well I hope not. And I don’t think so. They should win on looks alone — hell, it’s the Nebula, for crying out loud! And our first real Klingon and Romulan Science vessels! Sure, the Eternal might have superior stats, but personally I can’t stand to look at that thing. I bought the 31C bundle and flew the Eternal and the Ouroboros for a bit, but I just couldn’t get past their uninspired, generic, un-Trek looks. Instead I bought a Nautilus, and then upgraded that to Fleet grade…. yeah, that’s a lot more expensive than using an Eternal I already own, but isn’t that why I’m playing Star Trek Online rather than Generic Sci-Fi Online?
Space Barbie is the true endgame, muchachos!
P.S. Forgot to mention, there’s also an R&D/Upgrade Weekend coming up. Gosh, I’ve been waiting for one since… I can’t even remember when! I have a pile of gear across the toons that have been awaiting just this. So mark you calendars: “These events will run from November 24th at 9:30 AM PST to November 28th at 10:00AM PST.”