As exploration efforts reveal new dangers, the Alliance is expanding its research and development focus to meet and overcome these challenges. These scientific efforts often go beyond studies of the tech used by Alliance member states. Researchers are actively studying the tech of non-member groups and cultures, such as the Miradorn. Even the tech of a species long thought lost – the Husnock - has been examined in detail. As new developments and advancements are discovered, the results are made available to the captains of ships on the frontier.
There are a lot of gadgets and tools in Star Trek: The Next Generation that belong to no particular faction, but nevertheless are very intriguing. The new Privateer Lock Box embodies a core universal, factionless theme that contains ships, weapons, kit modules, and traits. We felt that grouping together a lock box around non-faction and one-off tech from The Next Generation would make for some interesting new gadgets for players to use. With the 30 year anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation approaching, the timing for the Privateer Lock Box couldn’t have been better.
The Privateer Lock Box’s Grand Prize is a Miradorn Theta Class Heavy Raider [T6]. The Miradorn specialize in nimble, fast-striking starships. This small vessel can stand up to other, larger ships in battle thanks to a potent weapon suite and proprietary electronic baffling technology that can blind enemy sensors and knock their engines offline.
The Miradorn Theta Class Heavy Raider comes equipped with the Miradorn Sensor Baffler, which provides a passive boost to Critical Hit Chance and Defense. When this console's ability is activated, your starship will release a powerful electromagnetic pulse that will placate nearby foes, preventing them from being able to attack you, as well as knocking their engines offline. Also, you will gain a Critical Hit Chance and Critical Hit Severity bonus for a short time. Additionally, any flanking damage buffs you receive from Intel Flanking or Raider Flanking is increased.
After achieving Level 5 in your Miradorn Theta Class Heavy Raider [T6], you will unlock the Advantageous Positioning Starship Trait. While this starship trait is slotted, your weapons have increased armor penetration while attacking your target's rear arc.
Captains may also purchase the Husnock Warship [T6] from the Lobi Store. The Husnock Warship comes equipped with the Heavy Particle Emitter Array Universal Console. When this ability is activated, it will fire a burst of particle beams at its target. Particle beams deal electrical damage and bypass a portion of the target's shields. The Heavy Particle Emitter Array will gain 1 charge every 30 seconds (for a maximum of 4 charges). Activating this ability will consume all charges and fire a number of beams at the target based on the number of charges consumed. Additionally, particle beam damage increases with each charge consumed.
After achieving Level 5 in your Husnock Warship [T6], you will unlock the Directed Energy Flux Starship Trait. While slotted, activating any Temporal Operative Bridge Officer Ability or the Directed Energy Modulation Ability will boost the damage of Cannon: Rapid Fire, Surgical Strikes and Reroute Reserves to Weapons for a short time.
(Additional information on the above starships will be contained in a separate Developer Blog.)
A special console can be acquired from the Privateer Lock Box as well: The Defensive Drone Guardians Universal Console. When activated, 4 Guardian drones will follow the player’s ship for 60 seconds, actively shooting Disruptor Weapons at any enemy within 5 kilometers. These drones are specially built to utilize Fire At Will for the entirety of their life-span before burning out. It also features a passive Cooldown reduction on all Bridge Officer Abilities, and an increase to flight speed and maneuverability.
There are many other prizes within the Privateer Lock Box for players to acquire, such as R&D Packs, Boosts, and other assorted items.
Captains may also find Privateer Kit Module packs. These Kit Modules are universal, and can be used by any class.
Additionally, the Privateer Lock Box has new Ground and Space weapons within the Privateer Disruptor Weapons Pack. This box contains weapons that utilize advanced Disruptor technology powered by Krieger Waves. Ground Weapons use a special converter that has a chance to transfer its excess power to your kit modules to increase Kit Readiness and Performance. Space Disruptors are powered from a Krieger Wave Converter, resulting in a unique disruptor that has the potential to enhance a ship's systems involved in Drain and Control capabilities. Opening this pack will give a choice between a random Beam, Cannon, or Ground Weapon.
New Starship Traits are also available within the Privateer Lock Box.
New Captain’s Traits are also available within the Privateer Lock Box. They are universal and available to all species.
The Lobi Store also has a new set of Space equipment available for purchase: The Saboteur's Gambits 3-piece set.
Privateer's Combat Armor is also available in the Lobi Store. It provides the wearer with a small amount of resistance in exchange for increased Dodge capabilities and Kit Module utility. It comes equipped with a Holographic Distraction Device that emulates the wearer's appearance, which, when activated, relocates the wearer and creates a distracting holographic clone.
Finally, the Privateer Outfit is available for Captains to purchase and wear. This attire was modeled after the outfit worn by the notorious artifact smuggler Galen during 2370.
Want to see the ships of the Privateer Lock Box in action? Community Manager Ambassador Kael will be hosting a live stream with Lead Ship and UI Artist Thomas Marrone and Senior Artist Mauricio Tejerina to debut the brand new ships on Monday, April 24th, at 4pm PST. You can watch it on our Facebook Page or on our Twitch Channel!
The Privateer Lock Box, as well as the additional Lobi Store entries, will be coming to PC in the near future.
Robert “CrypticRidi” Hrouda
Star Trek Online