When we first discussed increasing the level cap, one of the questions we first asked ourselves was “What happens to Tier 5 ships?”
We’ve approached starships very differently for the level 50 to 60 band.
Second, all existing content, all new story content, patrols and most queues will not require a Tier 6 or Upgraded Tier 5 starship.
Upgrading a Tier 5 ship is easy.
Pressing this button will prompt you to pay a Zen cost (or possibly require an item with a Zen cost).
It should be noted that some ships will be free to upgrade.
As mentioned above, upgraded Tier 5 ships (or T5-U ships) will offer many of the same benefits provided by Tier 6 starships minus a few bells and whistles.
As mentioned in the Tier 6 Starships blog, the Starship Mastery system represents your captain and crew mastering the starship and discovering its full capabilities over time.
T5-U starships start at level 0 and progress to level 4 as the captain plays the game normally.
As you can see, upgraded Tier 5 ships share many of the benefits of a Tier 6 starship with a few exceptions.
*Upgraded Tier 5 starships and Tier 6 starships both have four passive abilities.
**All Tier 6 ships launching with Delta Rising will come with a Specialist Bridge Officer seat.
A notable benefit of upgrading a Tier 5 ship is that the upgrade is available across your entire account.
Example: If I upgrade my Avenger Battlecruiser on my Starfleet tactical captain, I can upgrade an Avenger Battlecruiser from T5 to T5-U on any character that also owns this ship for free.
The vast majority of existing Tier 5 starships can be upgraded to T5-U granting the benefits mentioned above.
Our current plan is to release as many of the ships above as possible when Delta Rising launches.
Q: How much Zen will it cost to upgrade my starship?
A: We have not finalized the cost, but it is likely to be somewhere between $5 and $10.
Q: Which ships will be free to upgrade?
A: All Lockbox and Lobi starships, 1000 Day Veteran Destroyers,
Q: So, if I pay for an upgrade on a starship, that upgraded starship will be available to all my characters that can fly that ship?
Q: What actions give skill points to increase my Starship Mastery level?
A: Only defeating enemy starships will yield skill points for your Starship Mastery.
Q: Will there be any story content that requires a T5-U or T6 starship?
A: Absolutely not.
Q: Are the passive abilities between T5-U and T6 ships of the same ship category the same?
A: Starship Mastery passive abilities are identical between T5-U and T6 starships.
Please note that everything detailed here is subject to change due to feedback.
Phil “Gorngonzolla” Zeleski