It’s an oft-repeated outcome we see at CCP, and to be fair everywhere, of design by a committee with incomplete experience of the system.
CCP recognized a problem: skill farmers being unduly enriched by these free rewards (and the incentive to make infinite free accounts to farm the rewards) and decided on a solution without thinking it completely through. The wanted to prevent devaluing the free rewards by making them “soulbound”, but no one there either took the time to think through to the next step, or the experience to realize the effect making certain items soulbound would have on the perception of the gift.
It works ok for SKINs (although a SKIN for a ship you do not fly does feel a little bad), but boosters? I mean I guess it technically works but it just feels clunky and stupid. You either come up with another way to restrict their use, or you just don’t hand out boosters as a reward with this system. Probably other things will feel equally as bad. Yet, someone else, or another team was tasked with the psychological manipulation of designing a login reward system and didn’t really think of soulbound issue, and just was trying to come up with rewards to encourage players to be more active. So soulbound, activate-on-redeem boosters it is!
Funny, this reminds of that time CCP made essentially the same tone deaf mistake, but in the opposite direction, handing out free CONCORD ships to Fanfest attendees, but one to each of their accounts, no matter if it was Omega or not. This resulted in a massive imbalance of rewards and apparent unfairness, turning what was suppose to be a feel-good nice gesture, into a minor shitshow. I guess this is just another of those CCP things.
CCP is a group of human beings and human beings make mistakes. I worry more about people who never seem to make mistakes because I know they’re hiding stuff that will eventually create a much bigger problem!
CCP has stated that they use these time limited events to try stuff without investing a lot of time and effort thinking it through. This will result in hits (reindeer filaments) and misses (soulbound boosters that can’t be usefully employed).
Hopefully CCP will learn from the mistakes but, if they stop making them it means Eve is no longer evolving.
there in lies a problem with this, I opened up one of these login rewards earlier, it instantly applied and gave me a boost to missile precision. On a pilot with zero missile skills who only owns beam laser equiped ships.
Be ok if it at least instant applied a boost that was relevant to the character. However it wasnt, basically it was a box of nothing but at least it gave me a step towards the free skill points? lol