You know, I can remember the first time I stumbled across Armada 3.
It was late on a Saturday night in early 2013. At the time I was volunteering as a handyman for my local church, and was stopping by after work to clean the old place up. It was about 11:30 at night, I was already sore and exhausted from a hard shift and I saw that some poor fool had left the church's computer on. 'No worries,' I thought, 'I can take a break and surf the net for a while.' So I hopped online, watched some funny YouTube videos, and then started looking around at ways to expand the game I was playing a lot of at the time - Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion. I'd only taken short glimpses at ModDb before then, but I had the time and took a closer look at some of the mods available. That's when I found it. Star Trek - Armada 3.
See, I was already a lifelong Star Trek fan. I had grown up with the show. The characters were some of my most cherished heroes. The Star Trek name as a whole was already pretty dear to me. So, naturally, the name caught my eye. I took a good, long look, and liked what I saw. So I kept coming back, following the mod right up until I was among the first to download 0.95 in the early hours of Christmas Day, 2013.
Who'd have thought that evening half a decade ago would set me on this course. Each team member has their own stories of how they joined up (except for Max - part of me is still convinced he's actually a highly caffeinated hamster), but we've developed friendships that I hope will last long into the future.
And now here were are - early 2018, three expansions and a whole bunch of updates after that first release, on the verge of releasing the complete and final versions of The Final Frontier and Nemesis, the newest addition to the Armada 3 family. What a ride it's been.
Yes, today is the day you've been waiting for - release day. And not just any release day - the final release day for Armada 3. Wow.
I'm trying to keep this brief, but let me just say this. This mod would not exist without the continuing support of you, our players. Some of you have been following our progress for years, offering encouragement and feedback the whole way. Your involvement in the development of this mod is and has always been invaluable, and your support has made this experience one that this team will treasure for the rest of our lives. On behalf of the entire Armada 3 team, both past and present, I extend to you, all of you, our sincerest thanks and lasting gratitude.
Honestly, at this point I don't think there's anything left to say. Star Trek Armada 3 - The Final Frontier 1.1 and Nemesis are available to download below. We hope you enjoy playing them as much as we've enjoyed making them.
As always, stay classy. Or don't.
- Stellar Parallax & the entire Armada 3 team