Fans who have been playing Cryptic's free-to-play MMORPG Star Trek Online and felt a certain emptiness may have that filled with the latest expansion. It's called Victory Is Life and it's inspired by Deep Space Nine.
The ad for the new add-on to Star Trek Online. Image: Arc Games
Just as the previous Voyager-themed expansion Delta Rising did before it, Victory Is Life will see STO Captains return to a key location from Deep Space Nine - the Gamma Quadrant - decades after the events of the original TV show, getting a chance to see what it's like long after the conclusion of the Federation/Dominion War that dominated the back half of Deep Space Nine.
"This brand-new expansion will bring Captains to the Gamma Quadrant and beyond, in a new story kicked off by the invasion of the mysterious Hur'q," according to the official announcement. "You'll be able to play as a brand new faction, the Jem'Hadar; experience six new episodes in the Star Trek Online story; and interact with ten of the original cast members from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."
Four of those actors have been announced: There's Odo, played by René Auberjonois; Quark, played by Armin Shimerman; Commander Kira Nerys, played by Nana Visitor; and Klingon general Martok, played by J.G. Hertzler. Check out the trailer below:
This isn't the first time Star Trek Online has dabbled with Deep Space Nine's extensive worldbuilding - the titular station is a major hub in the game's MMORPG world, and the site of some really cool storylines that tie into some elements left behind at the end of the show itself. It's clear Cryptic has a lot of love for DS9, so giving it an increased focus and bringing back some familiar faces from the show itself is going to lead to some good, fanservice-y fun.
There's more info and images over on the official site, which you can check out here. Star Trek Online: Victory Is Life launches on PC this June.