Landmark landowners who are weary of mining copper to keep their claims will soon earn a reprieve. While today’s hotfix disables the ability to pay using Station Cash, next week’s patch will remove copper as the upkeep currency. In fact, players will no longer have to pay upkeep at all! Instead, players will maintain their land ownership simply by logging in. The system is simple: Players will have an upkeep timer that will reset every time they log into the game. As long as a player logs in before the timer expires, his or her claims are safe.
How long is this timer? That part’s not quite as simple. Each player has a base timer (seven days for new players, and the personal maximum upkeep pre-pay length for current players) that grows by one day for every two days of logging in. That means that not only does the timer reset each time a player logs in, but it also increases to give a longer buffer.
Once the change is live, players can also expect a refund in copper of all pre-paid upkeep balance. Come April, those who purchased copper using Station Cash in order to pay for upkeep but don’t want a mountain of the resource will be able to get different resources when reimbursed after the character wipe.[Source: Claim upkeep changes]