Cryptic Studios last night released a large patch for the Star Trek Online beta, fixing a number of known issues, but adding tonnes of new effects and features, and also removing the level cap.

The main additions to the beta are:Level Cap RemovedCardassian and Romulan Sectors are now open for Federation PlayersAll bridge officer candidates offer a free basic customization option when they join your crewYou can now use the scan button on the MiniMap HUD to direct you towards the closest anomalyBridge Officers will now request transfer to your crew at various levelsLeonard Nimoy has provided an audio journal overview as you enter each new Sector Block
The extensive patch notes list includes details of all the changes, which include small additions such as more civilian costumes, improved loading screens and updated tribble descriptions. The bigger improvements are in there too; Klingons now unlock at level five instead of level six, missions tutorials have been revamped, and almost every mission in the game has received bug fixes.

There have also been several changes/fixes to PvP and the game environment, a significant number of tweaks made to skills and combat, and the UI. Characters and costumes have been given more options on creation, and Asian faces are now available when making a human character.

See the full patch notes here, and if you’re not lucky enough to be part of the beta, don’t forget to check out our video walk-through, part one and part two.

Paul Younger
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    Star Trek Online: Beta Patch Notes, 20 Jan 2010

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