(All my ideas are only half-baked. And I am too lazy to finish anything. So I share this idea with the hope that others will add to it and hash out the details.)
The goal is to add a dimension of EVE gameplay that is isolated from the current universe, where everyone is voluntarily stripped of their wealth and resources, but can easily return back to them at any time.
I can imagine this being implemented in two different ways. The first might be the addition of a new class of wormhole that will only allow capsules to enter. Once you pass through the wormhole, you have nothing, but you can scavenge for things you need, like abandoned ships. At first this universe will be very simple, requiring a very small amount of developer resources. If and when it is embraced by players, it can be expanded. Think of it as an EVE do-over, but without giving up anything you have in the old EVE universe.
The second option might be more interesting from a lore perspective. And that is the re-activation of the EVE gate. Again, I would hope you can take nothing with you except your capsule.
Maybe there is an old station with a market that works just like the one we have now, but where ISK is not the accepted currency. A new currency would be used, and you would get it at first by selling scavenged items to NPC orders. Eventually players would add their own orders and begin to trade in the new currency.
Any time you want, you can return to the “old” universe the way you came in, taking only your capsule with you.
What about skills and implants? I’m not sure how this should be handled. For a true level playing field, skillbook skills and implants from the old universe would be useless. On the other hand, nobody wants to have to start over learning new skills. So maybe there would be no applicable skills in the new world.
I have more thoughts on this, but I’d like to hear what you think about it. Let’s make something compelling!