And THAT …
… is NOT a bad thing!
We’re heading towards something many people asked for!
How many of you thought that you could use an alt with certain skills right now …
… but you don’t have one and Skill Injectors are a hassle buying or not worth it?
Don’t tell me it doesn’t happen.
It does happen!
- You can’t always have access to Skill Injectors and they will often feel like a waste.
- Often it’s also just not worth the hassle to inject, then extracting again.
- If you’re above the threshold you’d have to give up your own SP to sell it again.
- If you can’t sell it at a profit you’ve then lost both SP and ISK.
Imagine that suddenly your dedicated scout
has a stroke disconnects, because “winter” cut his power. Like in Texas, just recently. You and your roaming fleet are sitting there in the deep ass end of nullsec and no one has an alt for interceptors mixed with cloaking skills.
You’ll have one within minutes …
… with no hassle, as you can just apply Expert Skills while the alt is moving to your fleet …
… and a playing session for a whole group of people is saved!
Or, suddenly you feel the urge to gather up all your assets. Everyone knows everyone else has tons of assets spread out everywhere. We know, because we ourselves have tons of assets spread out everywhere. It’s just the nature of things.
Courier contracts are too expensive and using even the biggest regular haulers just means you’re having it spread out in fewer spots, at which you still need to use courier contracts because you can’t transport it all to Jita all by yourself.
So you buy an Expert System for flying a freighter …
… you spend the week gathering all up, to ultimately …
die in a ■■■■■■■ fire reach Jita safely and sell it all!
Optimism, my friends! Optimism!
Whenever there’s a restriction you can usually only overcome with buying an Injector or two, this will be the new go-to option. You just apply Expert Skills to the character in question. What makes me believe that CCP will create proper sets? Demand!
This came up on reddit an hour before I’ve started writing this. I’ve started writing my post yesterday and wasn’t aware of this, but it proves my point completely:
They’d be foolish to not implement sets based on demand and it wouldn’t make much sense not to anyway, because the cat’s already out of the bag and thus everything else just becomes a matter of time.
Forget the new players. Forget what CCP tells you about it and look at the bigger picture. People are always too focused on what CCP tells them, instead of what they’re not telling them.
What we get, with this release, is the ability to use an alt for something we only need occasionally, or surprisingly. Instead of shelling out a massive amount of ISK for Skill Injectors likely at a loss, people in need will buy temporary skills and use them on an alt they already have. It is unreasonable to assume that Expert Skill sets will be overly expensive.
Well, because of price optimization. The smart thing to do is selling at a rebate first, so you can determine “the true price” based on the data gathered through sales. The data will allow you to get closer to the highest price you can get away with. So … if you see that happening, now you now know why it happens.
Anyhow, extrapolating from this, over the course of a year, we will be seeing people asking for the ability to buy characters directly. It just makes sense. Character progression as we knew it is basically dead. Temporary characters with temporary skill sets for occasions. When spontaneously needed. Because … seriously … why not?!
Who didn’t need a hauling char at least once, at some point, but didn’t want to create one specifically?
I sure as ■■■■ did. More often than once. Now I have one and I don’t even use it anymore.
I say that this change marks the beginning of several changes, including the ability to subscribe for less than a month at a time, even if it is “just” via temporary characters.
It’s even reasonable to extend this even further, into a feature many have asked for:
You buy it, you design it**, you name it, you give it skills. That’s it.
When you die …
… you’re gone.
**(now with the ability to mix races during character design, a feature they’ve called DNA … almost ten years ago, hinted at by the mixed race dating advertisement in stations)
The warden is yelling already.