With the recent changes of the DRPM being removed as a console choice from the cross faction console pack and with the addition of Kling Defense Force players being able to fly Federation ships: it stands to reason that the TOS Atlas Dreadnought should now be a ZEN store purchase for ANY faction.
This ship is not only awesome to fly; but, the DRPM is the "bread of butter" of many Phaser, Disruptor, and Plasma builds in STO with the console from the NX. With the chances of winning an Infinity Lockbox Ship almost as low as the chance of being struck by lightning: players who have come to having this ship or at least its console are now in a bind when it comes to creating new toons or wanting to have access to this ship. That last I checked: the TOS Atlas Dreadnought was in the billions in many cases: an amount new or existing players would have a hard time coming by. While I understand the reasoning behind removing the DPRM from the salvage-cross faction console box: I don't think Cryptic full realizes the bind they have put players in when it comes to creating new toons in the future. Yes, it has been said in other places that you don't need the DRPM as part of your build. While that is true to an extent: the majority of builds now a days that are centered around the "core energy types" have this as a MUST have console.
Personally, I would love to see an updated version of the TOS Atlas Dreadnought put on the ZEN store. Yes, I know that lock box keys are a big source of income for Cryptic; but, Cryptic also needs to understand that not every player in STO can afford buying large amounts of keys in the chance of winning a ship/console that many players rely on. Last I checked: the TOS Altas Dreadnought was selling for over 900 million EC. To break this down: if a player wanted to buy this ship, that is 20 Experimental Upgrade Tokens selling on the exchange at 44M EC is that price were to hold. At $20.00 for 3 token, it would take roughly 21 upgrade tokens at a cost of $280USD for the hope of getting one ship. That is more than any bundle offered in STO.
While I know that there are many that will disagree with this and say "tough luck:" the needs to be a more affordable way for players to get this ship. With the number of ships available in the Infinity Lockboxes: I doubt it would kill Cryptic's bottom line to offer this ship as a C-Store purchase. Even putting it in Mudd's Market for a "non wallet breaking price" would make it more attainable for the entire player base. Yes, I know Cryptic has to "make money some how" and they are a business; but, this is one time that they have hurt many players in the game, new players coming to STO, and the general fan base of STO itself. More to the point, sometimes any company needs to look at is customer base as a whole and do what is best for EVERYONE: not just a select few who afford hundreds of dollars work of keys, tokens, etc to in-turn gouge the rest of the player base with unrealistic exchange pricing.
I guess the point I am trying to get across is that certain things in STO need to be available for everyone regardless of old or new players and hiding an awesome ship behind a lockbox is not exactly customer oriented. Yes, I am thankful that the Legendary Discovery Constitution is available and I am grateful that (at the time) I was able to afford the bundle that has that ship in it. Having said that, perhaps that ship could be released in a more affordable bundle (not like the one currently offered; but, I will keep my thoughts on that to myself). My idea for this: The TOS Dreadnought Bundle where for $60.00 you get access to either the Federation, Romulan, or Klingon version of the ship as an unlock depending on your character's race: the exception be Jem'Hadar in that a faction (Federation or Klngon) would need to be chosen first with all the native consoles of each ship being included. Another idea would be to put the console in the Pheonix Box. That would still give players a better chance of getting the console. Like I said, I know many will not agree with this; but, the amount of negativity this has brought with the recent changes and the latest build: well, has me very concerned with the direction STO is going and leaving many players with the feeling of "what?!?"
When I first starting playing STO: the first toon I was recommended to create was a Romulan toon in that they could fly ships of their chosen faction and consoles were cheaper to obtain as a new player wanting to get started in the game. That is no longer that case and builds that were once considered "budget friendly" are anything but friendly at this point. In short, I know my opinion is probably not shared with many; but, I see this a Cryptic nailing the coffin in the growth of new toons and those wanting a more budget friendly experience that $2800+ bill just for the hopes of one ship.