In a new devblog released on Feb 26, CCP announced a set of changes coming to the skill training system. The changes, called “Skills on Demand”, streamline the ways players acquire (not train) most of the skills they’ll use in New Eden.

Rather than needing to travel to school systems, or trade hubs, to by skill books off the market, now players will be able to, for lack of a better word, stream new skills. Just go to the character sheet, select the skill, and purchase it remotely. At long last, the technology that allows the vast wealth of skills already in your head to be copied from one clone to the next in the moment before your pod explodes will be used to deliver tiny fragments of that vast pool straight to your brain.

CCP supports a healthy free market, though, so SoD won’t replace the ‘go to the brick-and-pixels store¬† and buy a real (pixelated) skill book method. It will simply supplement the old way, with a slight markup in price. This way, capsuleers can still unload duplicate skillbooks they’ve had forever to unsuspecting rubes in Jita¬†make a slight profit selling books in their local markets. While the system will be available for most skills, skillbooks that cannot be acquired from NPC schools (like the Triglavian ship/weapon skills) will not be available on-Demand. Perhaps the Trigs have filed copyright complaints with EVEtube about that streaming content?

One thing’s certain, though: this change will make things easier for many players. Hopefully, this indicates CCP’s willingness to examine whether the complexity in their game elements is always needed.

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  • General Thade

    This is actually a really good idea.

    February 26, 2019 at 8:27 PM
    • Catherine Laartii General Thade

      especially if you live in w-space

      February 26, 2019 at 8:44 PM
  • Guilford Australis

    *Sigh* I suppose this will cut down on the number of shuttles trying to sneak through HED-GP on a Saturday night packed full of skillbooks for various nullsec markets.

    February 26, 2019 at 8:44 PM
  • Yes, just what the game needs: yet another system that enables me to sit in my one, upgraded jew paradise and never fucking leave for any reason at all. Why deal with any complexities or logistical challenges when I could just MONEYMONEYMONEYMONEYMONEYMONEYMONEY all day every day?

    February 27, 2019 at 3:53 AM
    • inb4 CCP implement a WoW-like mail system where you can teleport your items anywhere you want, whenever you want. I hate hauling.

      February 27, 2019 at 3:55 AM
      • Guilford Australis Ganthrithor

        CCP’s data indicates players respond negatively to losing Jump Freighters. Therefore, we must have Mind Freighters instead.

        February 27, 2019 at 6:25 PM
  • Romulus Loches

    This is a huge QOL update that I’m really happy about. Even if there are fewer people traveling in shuttles and ceptors to get skill books, this means those pilots will be able to train and likely more willing to undock and fight in the future.

    As much as I like this, I will admit that it puts a cap/limit on the marketing options of skillbooks. I feel like the same or very similar benefit could have been achieved by allowing remote injection of skillbooks like SKINs.

    February 28, 2019 at 2:46 AM
  • J Moravia

    QoL talk aside, this makes a lot more sense from a thematic point of view, doesn’t it? “Yes, I realize you literally have a computer plugged in to your brain, but you can’t learn how to do a single new skill unless you READ A PHYSICAL HARD COPY BOOK about it!”

    Downloading skill programs from the Matrix is way more plausible.

    February 28, 2019 at 4:48 PM
    • Romulus Loches J Moravia

      I’m going to disagree with you on this. They are called Skillbooks but if they were called something like Data Clusters then it works. You inject the Skill/Data and then must spend time (SP) in order to actually incorporate that into your mind. If I was a company (in game NPC) that made Skillbooks, I’d probably be against pilots downloading them remotely. Thematically, CCP is introducing the skillbook equivalent of what Napster was for CDs.

      February 28, 2019 at 10:54 PM
      • J Moravia Romulus Loches

        In the interest of accuracy, not only are they called skillbooks, but the inventory picture is a literal book with pages.

        So as the game currently has things, you have to fly to a physical location and buy a physical book that you have to read in order to put the skill into your brain.

        Injecting the skill directly into your brain is a lot more thematically consistent. As you say, if skillbooks had a different name and image then the comparison to torrenting would be accurate, but as it stands, I don’t believe that’s the case.

        March 3, 2019 at 12:13 PM