Renaming characters has been verboeten in EVE since the very beginning.
The reasoning is that your deeds, both foul and fair, should follow you through the characters career.
This applies when selling the character. There was a character named Santo Trafficante who was a well known, and very successful, smartbomber of capsules around Black Rise some time ago. They tried to sell the character, but, afaik, no-one would touch it because it was on so many people’s kill-on-sight lists.
If you really want to change names, you can extract the skills from the character down to the 5m minimum and reinject them into a new character. Depending how many SP we’re talking, you’ll take a hit when you reinject.
In that case, you can just extract all your SP, create a new character, transfer the LSI to the new character, inject all the SP + compensation purchases from the market and rejoin your corp, and then biomass the old character. Done. Character renamed.
Then throw it in your employment history or something.
The sanctioned existence of the Character Bazaar tells me that creed, past, and history mean absolutely nothing to the game from a development or player standpoint. If your character can be CCP blessed cash crop of skillpoints then how much does a name change really throw a stick in the spokes?
one victim of mine im sure did exactly that… after a pvp pilot lost a paladin to a scarebear he went on a suicide smart boming spree… soon im almost convinced he dropped from corp and was never heard from again, imho he peolly did just what you said… recycle the char and start over
see I’m with Mike on this one, this is also why i’m against multiboxing and Multiple character training.
who are are in EVE matters and what YOU do matters, its one of the most fundamental aspects of the game and the very foundation which EVE should be build upon.
if you were a new bro and noticed that you made a mistake with your character name and you notice it early on, biomass and start over.
EVE is also not like every other MMO, its basic design was to be different.
instead of having different realms, you have a single universe, instead of being able to change your name, nope, who you are matters for a players actions no matter how subtle or bold resonate through the entire game world, because its one big sandbox.