I’m posting again this idea here to have a feeling about the community reading the official forums, as each year.
The game has changed significantly over the last 2 years-ish.
Lots of ‘tabooed’ lines / subjects has been crossed / discussed, like Skill Injectors, Skill queue, Clones mecanics, Sov mecanics, Capitals jump range and frequency, T3C revamp, Structures, and so on.
I think it’s time to cross that Character name change taboo.
Since a last patch, you can’t have someone in watchlist if himself don’t have you in his own watchlist.
Something that made me think again about that character name change cause i concidered this (watchlist thing) a barrier for players to concider this feature.
And with granulared PLEX, we can more easily calibrate the certificate price.
My “idea” :
Make a Pilot’s Service just like [Multiple Pilot Training Certificate] or [Pilot’s Body Resculpt Certificate] to let player change the name of a character. [Name Change Certificate], buyable by PLEX or ISK in game.
Make it usable only once lifetime. Or every year, 6 months or 3 months, whatever, to avoid abusive use of that (depends on CCP wishes).
Make it usable only to Characters with at least 50m Skill Points ? 80m SP ?
Make it usable only to Characters that are at least 5 years old (based on Date of Birth (creation date))
Make a [Name History] which will list all the names the character had in his game life just like the [Employment History] is listing all the corporations the character had in his game life.
Plus, name changes history must be exposed via the XML API for the benefit of alliances and corporations doing background checks.
Make an option while searching a character name in [People & Places] to display result by actual name or concidering name history. Let’s say you want to search for a character named “John Doe”, the results will display the actual player named “John Doe” AND the other player now named “Rob Thing” formerly knowed named as John Doe from 2007/12/05 to 2016/04/02.
Character will still appear on watchlist even after a name change.
Standing won’t reset once name has changed.
Players will get a notification whenever one of his contacts change his name.
- More money to CCP !
- No character disapearing from contact.
- Can still find someone with name ‘A’ if he change to ‘B’.