A few months ago, CCP Games announced its somewhat unorthodox plans to allow EVE Online players to extract and sell their skill points on the open market for in-game currency. Players can already buy and sell entire characters for ISK via the Character Bazarr, but the new system allows smaller batches of skill points to be extracted and traded as items. Other players can then buy the skill packets and inject them into their character to be assigned to any skill they like. The skill extractor items go on sale tomorrow, and CCP has released a new devblog explaining how to get your hands on them.
Each consumable skill extractor sucks 500,000 skill points (about 10 days of passive skill training) out of your character’s head for sale, and characters with over 5 million skill points will suffer diminishing returns when injecting them. Skill extractors can be bought in the cash shop for 1,000 Aurum or purchased directly for $5.49 each. From tomorrow until February 26th, players who sign up to 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions will get several injectors free and anyone buying Aurum packages will get more bonus Aurum than usual. This new mechanic will allow new players who can make it rich in EVE to physically catch up to older players in skill points, but it remains to be seen just how expensive skill packets will become on the open market.