It was officially announced yesterday that the oft-requested T6 upgrade to the ever-popular Vesta is coming; not only that, the Vestas are accompanied by Klingon and Romulan counterparts.
We’ve all heard rumors of this a few weeks ago, so this should not come as a surprise to anyone. Often hailed as the best Sci ship in its day, “Vesta is Besta” is frequently quoted on various STO forums. Way back when I bought my first C-Store ship, I was torn between the Vesta and the Luna; ultimately I went with the Luna but the Vesta was a very strong contender. One of its main selling feature was (still is?) the line’s auxiliary cannons — which personally I never understood. Sure it allows you to ignore Weapon Power in favor of Aux Power, but why would I want my Aux Power drained? I want them up all the time to power my science abilities, right? Maybe I’m missing something, but since I’ve never flown a Vesta before, I can’t really say.
Anywho, I think the T6 Multi-Mission Explorers are already Fleet grade, so it does have that built-in advantage of not requiring an additional fleet token. The published stats are interesting, especially when I add it to the comparison I did for the Pathfinder and the Nautilus. I’ve picked the Sci-version of the T6 Vesta for this comparison.
Interestingly, the T6 Vesta flies slower, is weaker in both hull and shields than the other ships, and turns the same as the Pathfinder. It also has less innate Aux power… instead boosting Weapons power that ironically the original Vesta line didn’t need!
The Boff seating compares favorably to the Nautilus, maybe just a tad less flexible, but nothing that would limit its effectiveness.
Two things are not shown in this table, of course: One is the Vesta’s continued ability to mount dual cannons, which may or may not be a necessity… and two is the single hangar bay that is carried over from the old line. Does the hangar pet put the Vesta above the Pathfinder? I don’t know, but I’m not convinced it does, given how unreliable STO pets are.
Cryptic also published information on the consoles that come with this line of ships; I haven’t poked at it yet, but from player responses they sound lackluster.
Just going by the stats, it’s debatable whether it’s worthwhile to switch to the Vesta as Science ships go. On the other hand, it’s the Vesta, and the line does mostly retain that sleek look. Space Barbie for the win?
The other interesting part of this are the KDF and RRF counterparts to the Vesta. I think Cryptic was smart to fold the old Varanus into the Multi-Mission explorer role opposite the Vesta; it gives things symmetry. The Romulan version is definitely showing some strong Vulcan visual cues with the ring design, and should look distinctive enough to be attractive.
As much as I approve of these two, I’m just a little bit bummed that a Gorn Science ship does nothing for me, even if it’s a sensible choice for Cryptic. My newest and only KDF Sci toon is Orion — if they had made an Orion ship, I would be all over it!
What do you think? Do you plan on picking up this bundle (or individual ships)?