Here is an announcement of the Kobayashi Maru Event, coming this weekend (June 27 to July 3).
This is the Kobayashi Maru… nineteen periods out of Altair Six. We have struck a gravitic mine and have lost all power…our hull is penetrated and we have sustained many casualties.
Prepare to face the most infamous Starfleet test! The Kobayashi Maru, the “original no-win scenario,” comes to _Star Trek Online _as a limited-time challenge for your captains. How long can you hold out against ambushing enemy ships? Can you keep the _Kobayashi Maru _intact while facing down waves of hostile attackers and space hazards? What would Kirk do?
The Kobayashi Maru event will come in two forms: timed and untimed. In each case, you will fight to keep the freighter intact while destroying successive rounds of enemies who will become more and more dangerous as the simulation continues. The longer you last, the greater your rewards! Once everyone on your team is defeated at the same time – or when the timer runs out, if you’re playing the timed version – the mission ends. The mission also ends if the _Kobayashi Maru _is destroyed.
Participating in the _Kobayashi Maru _event will give you a choice of marks, and if you survive for a significant amount of time you’ll also earn bonus dilithium ore. Playing the _Kobayashi Maru _for at least three days out of the event’s duration will also unlock special limited-time rewards for you: the Prolonged Engagement Phaser Beam Array and Prolonged Engagement Phaser Dual Cannons, which are both energy weapons that become stronger the longer that your ship is in combat.
The _Kobayashi Maru _event will run on PC starting on June 29 at 10 AM PST through July 3 at 10 AM PST. The queue is available to all captains of level 50+.
Staff Game Designer
Looks like this is a new, limited-time queue, like that Klingon training ground queue that I completely skipped (I think I was distracted by Guild Wars 2 during that time). The Kobayashi Maru itself is a newly designed model by Thomas Marrone, and looks kinda like it’s some funky Miranda variant? I vaguely recall that the Kobayashi Maru was originally called “a civilian freighter”, not a Starfleet vessel, so I’m not sure exactly what’s going on here…
Anyway, this may be one of those rare cases where a healboat might come in handy, y’know? The reward also looks to be account-wide unlock, which is great. Looking forward to winning the No-Win Scenario!