The Duty Officer system addon is personally what I'm most looking forward to. The crew of STO has made it to allow interactions and daily assignments between your duty officers and you (the Captain). The Devs also mentioned that the higher your rank, the more assignments are unlocked. In addition you can talk to your engineer and she can assemble a turret or other item as long as you have the schematic. It didn't say whether or not you needed the required materials for the item, and it didn't specify what the engineer's crafting rank is. In addition, various officers will allow you to buy/create "hypos, batteries, regenerators, components and other useful items." And that's not all! The Devs also added that there will be new contacts outside of the ship:
Quote:On Deep Space Nine, a Ferengi trader offers additional selections of trade assignments, and on Earth Space Dock and Q’onoS a Security Officer has assignments to accept confiscated contraband, handle prisoner transfers and – for the Klingons – to redeem the bounty on Tribble carcasses.Source: http://www.startrekonline.com/node/2959
In addition to the Duty Officer upgrade, I mentioned at the start about a new minigame. As some of you may have wondered, "Why did I get to keep my EV suit after the featured episode, "Boldly they Rode"?" Well the Devs have confirmed that they will be needed to play a new minigame being introduced in this patch. What is this minigame? To summarize you will help a Ferengi who recently acquired rights for mining in an independent system, Vlugta. This can be accessed without going through the mission and is located near DS9/Bajor in the Beta Ursae Sector Block. Being independent, both Federation players and KDF players will be able to come together and mine dilithium. As you are helping the Ferengi, she will, naturally, get a large cut of what you salvage for her. However, the Devs said that during a new hour block she will feel "grateful for all the additional labor" and give you a larger portion than normal from what you mine. In turn, you can save up the dilithium or you can spend some of it to buy new EV suits as well. And as one final extra bonus, the Devs have made this weekend a free EV suit weekend where you can obtain a free orange EV suit that you'd typically have to buy for 80,000 dilithium. Details about this EV suit and what it will contain were not mentioned.
Now that you've got the jists of the patch, what do you think? Are you excited for this or does it not grab your attention at all?