PvP is really needed at this point. I personally hate PvP with a passion, but that does not stop me from recognizing that others love it, and I believe they deserve a strong PvP experience.
However, the game as it is currently designed, is not suited for traditional PvP. Originally this was supposed to be a game with two COMPLETE factions, with PvP being half of the endgame experience. However, as it is now, PvE has taken center stage, and content is essentially a one story fits all experience.
There is another MMO out there whose central focus is a single story for all, regardless of race: Lord of the Rings Online. It has PvP as well. But it is not traditional PvP. In fact, it's PvP is exactly what Cryptic promised us that STO's PvP would not be: Player vs. Monster Player. In LotRO, the monster characters only exist FOR PvP. There is no Servants of Mordor PvE aspect. So no leveling a monster character from 1 to max with an epic storyline to follow.
With STO now embracing the one story fits all approach, with the third faction ultimately divided between the UFP and KDF factions, and those two factions ultimately on the same side, aside from wargames simulations, it doesn't make sense from a story position for the UFP and the KDF to continue fighting each other, any more than it made sense for the NRR to be divided against itself while assisting their respective UFP/KDF allies in battle against each other.
I would like to point out that while the UFP and KDF are now allies, just as they were in ST:TNG, they are sovereign civilizations unto themselves. The Klingons are not members of the Federation, and they don't want to be. And the Federation is not a member of the Klingon Empire, and they don't want to be. Even if peace exists between these civilizations, it does not make them into one big galactic village.
So what to do about PvP? It would seem that the only logical step is to implement something akin to LotRO's model, where the servitor races of the Iconians are playable for the purpose of Ground and Space PvP against the UFP/KDF/NRR alliance.
I have more to say on this, but it will have to wait until my lunch break
Post edited by sirsitsalot on
When it comes to MMOs, I wear prescription glasses. Whether or not they are rose-tinted is beside the point.