Today marks an interesting chapter in EVE Online monetization. From today's news article in the launcher.
|Pricing from the cash shop|
Brand new Expert Systems are now live in EVE Online! These are designed to help rookie Capsuleers discover and experience new activities by providing specific virtual skills and skill levels for a limited time that cannot be extracted through the use of Skill Extractors.
For a 7-day period per Expert System, you can taste the dream of a particular profession in EVE without having to commit to the skill training required by that path of progression and waiting for it to complete.
The first batch of Expert System products will focus on exploration, mining, and the core skills required to operate spaceships in EVE (commonly referred to as the ‘Magic 14’). You’ll be able to purchase Expert Systems that allow you to fly a Tech 1 exploration Frigate – either the Heron, Imicus, Magnate, or Probe – for 7 days, one that will allow you to operate a Mining Barge for 7 days, and one that will boost your essential flying skills for 7 days.
So new players can rent skills while they train. But are the terms good. Let's take a look.
|White Squares Are Skills Already Possessed|
I'm going to lump four of the six available Expert Skills packages together as the only difference is the racial frigate skill included. The skills displayed in white boxes are from an alt I created back in 2009 and never trained. New characters may differ.
|Trying to convert Alphas into Omegas|
|The Magic 14 Skills|
- Players can extend the rental period of an Expert System by 30 days.
- Expert System recommendations for ships can be found in the following locations:
- Ship Tree
- Show Info for Ships they are designed to unlock
- In the Requirements tab in Ship Show Info
- Inside the Market for ships
- Ship Tooltips