We all know that a lot of the T2 and Faction ships are literally just reusing the hulls for T1 ships. Maybe they have some extra antennas or something, but they’re 99.9% identical.
And yet, there are a great many times when certain SKINs are only available for some of the hull variants, and not for others.
First off, I think it’s super cash-grabby to make us purchase SKINs for each individual hull variant, rather than having a blanket SKIN for the hull. Or even better would be a SKIN that can be applied to any ship you want. Why do we need to purchase “Moa Glacial Drift SKIN” and “Eagle Glacial Drift SKIN” and “Onyx Glacial Drift SKIN” and “Gila Glacial Drift SKIN”… 4 purchases, when we could have had a “Moa Hull Glacial Drift SKIN” that applied to all 4 of them. Or even better would have been a “Glacial Drift SKIN” that can be applied to anything you own.
But beyond that… the aforementioned Glacial Drift SKIN is one of the only ones available to all 4 hull variants. Specifically, the Gila does not have any of the others available to it. And all the SKINs available to the Gila are not available for the other 3. Now, before you try and say “But, the Gila is a Pirate ship and the others are just Caldari”… I say so what? It’s not like putting an “Ace of Podhunters SKIN” on the ship is changing their affiliation. Capsuleers aren’t Pirate affiliates anyway, so it doesn’t matter if the ship design originated from Pirates.
Besides, the Moa and the Gila are perfectly identical. And if you get the “Moa Guristas SKIN” then it looks exactly like a Gila. So why can’t I get a “Gila Caldari SKIN” and make it look exactly like the Moa again? Or why can’t I buy the Ghostbird SKIN (which is available for every other Caldari hull except the Pirates)?
I get it… They want to make more money by charging PLEX for each SKIN individually. I’m not really fighting for one-size-fits-all SKINs anyway. But I would like them to open up all the SKINs for all the ships. Or at least all the SKINs they have for a specific hull, available for all the hull variants. If I want to spend the PLEX on a “Gila Ghostbird SKIN”, then why not?