CCP has given up on naming their seemingly now monthly releases (though I think YC 118.2 might be an option), but that doesn’t mean I can’t give them names myself. Happy Mardi Gras 2016 release! Laissez les bon temps roulez, such that they are.
Anyway, the baby in CCP’s king cake today is likely a skill point extractor, as that is the big thing coming with today’s drop. CCP riled up Noizy by doing their first reveal on Twitter, but they were also having some logon issues, so maybe that went out prematurely. In any case, they followed up in the manner to which we have become accustomed and put out a Dev Blog-like post on the prices and the various methods by which you may obtain skill extractors.
If you want to skip the Aurum or ISK route and aren’t interested in the bonus extractors with subscriptions and what not, there is also a straight up cash price for them as well.
And, as is the way of things, all the essential information is spread out over three sources. So in addition to the above post, you need to look at the Skill Trading Dev Blog and the Release Notes for today’s update. The release notes give the most conscience round up as to how things work, including a short list of skills which may not be extracted.
While I am still not sure how I feel about the whole skill stripping thing, as with so much in the game these days it seems like a lot of complications for a limited amount of benefit, I am, as always, fascinated to see how this plays out.
The eventual pricing for skill injectors, once things settle down, seems to be contentious, with Noizy calling 300 million ISK a floor for the pricing (with a final price estimate of 720-750 million ISK per based on the injector pricing post) while Gevlon has declared that the ceiling price.
We shall see how that plays out.
Other than that, there are just small items in the release notes.
Wrecks, which uniformly had 500 hit points, will now have hit points based on the size of the ship which the wreck represents. This is the new break down:
- Frigate, Rookie Ship, Shuttle, Small NPC: 700 hp
- Destroyer: 1000 hp
- Cruiser, Mining Barge, Medium NPC, Generic NPC: 1500 hp
- Battlecruiser, Industrial: 2500 hp
- Battleship, Large NPC, Officer NPC: 3500 hp
- Carrier, Dread, Rorqual, Orca, Freighter: 15000 hp
- Supercarrier, NPC Supercarrier: 25000 hp
- Titan: 30000 hp
If nothing else, nobody will be popping a titan wreck before it has been looted on accident. I wonder how much extra ammo will be expended destroying wrecks now, something occasionally done to deny the enemy loot. Somebody call CCP Quant.
Strategic Cruisers have been given the Pabst Blue Ribbon (Physical Based Rendering) treatment, so they will now look a little different… expect shiny gold trim on your pimp Legion now… display kill marks and may some day be eligible for SKINs.
Deep down in the list of user interface tweaks is a notice that the beta camera is now an opt-out option. If you want to stick with the old, reliable, and slightly boring camera view we have grown used to over the years you will have to find that option in the setting. Otherwise you will be using the new camera when you log in today. If you want to use the new camera, there is a dev blog about that.
And there are some new skills on the market for the upcoming FAX machines (Force Auxiliary capital ships) and the fighters which carriers will use when the big capital ship change up comes in the spring.
There are a bunch of the usual tweaks and fixes in the Release Notes (and not much at all on the now somewhat neglected Updates page) but those are the things that mean something to me. Well, all that and the usual musical number, the hallmark of every update.