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The new season for STO is set to launch on 12 November, with the Dyson Sphere and Voth stuff.
Hell hath no fury like an MMORPG player scorned.
Have been playing the new Season 8 stuff for the past few days myself. I have to say, the art department really deserves props for this. The Dyson Sphere environments are absolutely beautiful. One thing STO does really well is environment design.
With that said, I agree with those posting that Season 8 is a bit of a let down. Cryptic built a stunning new environment, but didn't provide anything really new to do with it. They added yet another reputation grind for gear you don't need, and if you've no interest in grinding for that gear, there's nothing for you in the new zone.
Cryptic is also showing their unwillingness/inability to really develop anything innovative in terms of gameplay mechanics. The Voth are yet another "gimmick" enemy, using "I win" immunity abilities or overwhelming damage that 1 shots you. There is no challenge to the gameplay.
Overall I would call Season 8 average. Artistically it is some of Cryptics best work yet. Gameplay wise, it's nothing new and to be honest, boring.