I remember the concept art coming out for Star Trek Online, and I was really excited. Like, super excited. Starships had gotten stale over the years because no one wanted to deviate too wildly from what had already come out, and so no one did. They just sort of shrugged their shoulders and said, “Meh, make it look like this ship and this other ship had a baby ship.”
The concept art suggested that while much of the feel of Star Trek’s design would be coming back, it would have a more modern appearance. Smooth lines and graceful curves would start to take a back seat to more practical usage dictated by the needs of the ship versus the beautiful lines that had defined the ships of the Next Generation. It almost felt like a throwback to the original series, with sharp lines and utilitarian workings.
Of course, then in the game they don’t look near as nice as the sleek lines on some of the traditional hull components, so I wind up going with classic ship design anyway :P