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Hello Capsuleers!

CCP Terminus here to talk about Super Kerr-Induced Nanocoatings (aka SKINs), the new visual customization system coming to the spaceships of New Eden.

Following the successful prototype Ship Painting Pilot Program we introduced last year and months of offering ship skins in the store, we have created a new more robust system, which provides a multitude of customization and usability benefits. It allows us to maintain and upgrade our ship catalog in a much more sustainable manner, and provides a multitude of interesting options for future developments. We believe the SKIN system will accentuate the visual experience of living in New Eden and allow you to put a personal mark on the ships you love most.

This blog will also go into the details on how we will be converting from the old system to the new SKINs, which will launch with 102 brand new SKINs. If you’re wondering how the old system worked or are curious as to the reasons behind the change, please reference CCP FoxFour’s excellent dev blog.

How many of you DIDN’T try to ship spin that amazing image? If you didn’t then I suggest leveling up your ship spinning skill and trying again.

Basics

With Ship Paint Pilot Program, you would manufacture a custom ship by combining a blueprint of a paint pattern and a packaged version of the base ship. This meant that the paint patterns fate was locked to the fate of the ship. So for instance, if you wanted to self-destruct a bunch of Interbus Moros’ instead of flying them halfway across New Eden, the paint style would go with it.

In contrast, the new SKIN system acts much closer to the way skillbooks work in EVE. Each SKIN variant comes as a SKIN item (a licensed pattern), which you can activate for your character or sell on the market. This character then has access to the SKIN for any ships that it applies to, meaning once you lose a skinned ship, you can simply hop in to another and reapply the SKIN pattern. If your character loses their pod and dies or jump clones from one location to another they will still have access to use all their SKIN’s.

So to recap:

  • You can now buy SKINs (with Aurum) from the New Eden Store, in the Fitting screen, or the 3D Preview screen.
  • Before activation, each SKIN is an item which can be bought and sold in the market (for ISK), can drop if it’s in your cargo and your ship explodes, etc.
  • SKINs are used by activating them for a character, giving that character access to SKIN variations that the item covers.
  • Once activated, SKINs cannot be removed, but also cannot be destroyed (including loss of ship or pod)

Permanent SKINs

Permanent SKINs exist as items which are bought from the NES. Once activated for a character they last indefinitely, and allow that character access to visual variants for a certain ship or collection of ships. Other characters on the same account will not have access to the SKIN.

Time-Limited SKINs

Time-limited SKINs will drop in game and may be available through other means in the future. They work exactly like Permanent SKINs when interacting with them. The only difference is they do not last indefinitely. Time-Limited SKINs have the following properties:

  • The time begins counting down as soon as the SKIN is activated. It will count down in real time from that point onwards until it expires.
  • If you activate a Time-Limited SKIN while you already have an active copy, it will add the specified amount of time on to the existing time left. For example: If you activated a Brutix Roden SKIN (30 Days) 2 days ago and then activate another copy today, you will have 58 days of time left with that SKIN before it expires.
  • Time-limited SKINs will only be for SKINs which drop in the game (We have no plans at this time to sell time-limited SKINs on the Tranquility server for Aurum.)

The reasoning for having time-limited SKINs comes down to a few factors. First, we want the SKINs you find in-game to retain their ISK value by preventing market saturation over time. By having them time-limited, we create a continuing demand for the SKIN, which keeps the loot valuable. Time-limited SKINs also allow for a number of promotional opportunities like SKIN giveaways, and possible try-before-you-buy options in the future.

SKINs in Space

The selected SKIN can be changed at any time while you’re in space by opening your fitting window and selecting a new SKIN. Though the magic of nanites, electric fields, and SCIENCE! the outward appearance of your glorious ship changes before your very eyes.

If you are concerned about potential performance issues, you can turn off SKIN changes in space by deselecting “Inspace Skinning Effect” in the Display and Graphics menu. This will not prevent you or other players from changing your SKIN in space, but the effect will not be played and the model will not change until it is reloaded.

For now, there are certain technical limitations to when you can change your SKIN in space. You will not be able to change your SKIN under the following conditions:

  • Ship is in Triage Mode
  • Ship is in Siege mode
  • Ship is in Bastion Mode
  • Ship has activated a Cynosural Field
  • Ship is Cloaked
  • Ship has locked a target

Purchasing and Interacting with SKINs

The New Eden Store (NES)

Purchasing SKINs will work in the same way as all other purchases from the NES. Simply access the NES from the character selection screen or in-game from the sidebar. SKINs will have their own category in the NES.

Once a SKIN is purchased, the item will be placed in your account’s redeeming queue and can be redeemed for any character in that account as normal.

The Fitting Screen

Above: A player has the Nefantar SKIN active for their Rifter, is previewing the Krusual SKIN, and has clicked on the purchase for Aurum button for the Krusual SKIN.

The fitting screen allows you to purchase SKINs for the ship you are looking at directly from the left side menu. SKINs will always have a link to the appropriate market category for the SKIN, and they may also be purchased directly from the NES if the item is available. If there are any active time-limited SKINs the amount of time remaining will be shown beside the SKIN name.

In this location you can also preview SKINs you may want to purchase, and select your active SKIN from the list of purchased options. By clicking on a SKIN it will change the ships visuals. If the SKIN clicked on is part of the My SKINs category, this also sets that SKIN as the active one. If you wish to return the ship to its default visuals you can do so by simply de-selecting the currently active SKIN.

The 3D Preview Screen

The 3D Preview screen (accessed by clicking on the image icon in the Show Info window) will contain a copy of the left sidebar available in the fitting window. This sidebar will function exactly the same as the fitting window, with all of the purchasing and linking options. Because it can be of any ship, the 3D preview window will also allow you to preview and purchase any SKIN on any ship. 3D previews for specific SKINs are also linked from the show info window of a specific SKIN item. Simply find the SKIN item through in the market, or linked from the SKINs tab of the show info window for the desired ship. Then click on the hexagonal SKIN icon in the upper left to bring up the 3D preview.

The Character Sheet

The character sheet has been updated with a new SKINs section on the sidebar. This section will show you all the potentially available SKINs in the game, and all of the SKINs you currently own, with a countdown visible for time-limited SKINs. In this section, SKINs are divided in to factions/designer categories, allowing you to see the size of your collection both overall, and for a certain faction/designer.

Conversion and New SKIN Plans

The general conversion plans will give you a SKIN if you had a Blueprint perviously, or a SKIN and base ship if you had a skinned ship. If you do not have the ship at the time of conversion (ex. you sold it or it was blown up) you will not receive a SKIN. The conversion process is as follows:

  • Skinned ships will become a base version of the same and a SKIN item for that skin will be added to the owning players redeeming queue. For example: If you have a Megathron Quafe Edition you will get a standard Megathron in the same location as the original, and 1 Megathron Quafe SKIN (Permanent) item placed in your redeeming queue.
  • Skin Blueprints will become a number of SKINs equal to the number or runs remaining on the blueprint. They will all be placed in the redeeming queue. For example: If you have an Abaddon Tash-Murkon Edition 10 Run Blueprint you will receive 10 Abaddon Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) items in your redeeming queue.
  • Skinned Ships and blueprints which are located in a corporation owned location will find the new SKINs in their HQ deliveries hangar. Ships will not move.
  • Skin blueprints that drop in game will become time-limited SKINs that last 30 days once activated.
  • Pirate ships which are skinned through blueprints that drop in-game (4 destroyers, 4 battlecruisers) will become the base ship and 1 time-limited version of the SKIN.
  • Any special edition ships or BPCs in the market or contracts will be cancelled and refunded the ISK it cost to put them up. The ships and BPC’s will then be converted over as normal.
  • Codes and referral packs which reference ship skins, or skin items in your redeeming queue will provide a copy of the SKIN equivalent when redeemed.
  • Ship skins BPCs in your redeeming queue will be converted into SKINs in your redeeming queue.
  • Any SKINs in general, which are given to you under this conversion will be put in your redeeming queue.

As a way to reward early adopters of the Ship Paint Pilot Program, and in preparation for the new SKIN system release, all existing skin Blueprints will no longer be purchasable from the NES as of the publication of this dev blog.

Conversion List

The following existing ships will be converted to the new SKIN system:

Class Race Existing Item New Skin Price / Aquisition Preview
Frigate Amarr Punisher Kador Edition Punisher Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Frigate Amarr Punisher Tash-Murkon Edition Punisher Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Frigate Amarr Sarum Magnate Magnate Sarum SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Frigate Amarr Tash-Murkon Magnate Magnate Tash-Mukron SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Frigate Caldari Merlin Nugoeihuvi Edition Merlin Nugoeihuvi SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Frigate Caldari Merlin Wiyrkomi Edition Merlin Wiyrkomi SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 740 Preview
Frigate Caldari Sukuuvestaa Heron Heron Sukuuvestaa SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Frigate Gallente Incursus Aliastra Edition Incursus Aliastra SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Frigate Gallente Incursus Inner Zone Shipping Edition Incursus Inner Zone Shipping SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Frigate Gallente Inner Zone Shipping Imicus Imicus Inner Zone Shipping SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Frigate Gallente Tristan Quafe Edition Tristan Quafe SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Frigate Minmatar Rifter Krusual Edition Rifter Krusual SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 740 Preview
Frigate Minmatar Rifter Nefantar Edition Rifter Nefantar SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Frigate Minmatar Vherokior Probe Probe Vherokior SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Navy Faction Frigate Gallente Police Pursuit Comet Police Pursuit Comet SKIN (Permanent) Concord LP Store Preview
Destroyer Amarr Coercer Blood Raiders Edition Coercer Blood Raiders SKIN (30 Days) Loot drop Preview
Destroyer Caldari Cormorant Guristas Edition Cormorant Guristas SKIN (30 Days) Loot drop Preview
Destroyer Gallente Aliastra Catalyst Catalyst Aliastra SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Destroyer Gallente Catalyst Serpentis Edition Catalyst Serpentis SKIN (30 Days) Loot drop Preview
Destroyer Gallente Inner Zone Shipping Catalyst Catalyst Inner Zone Shipping SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Destroyer Gallente Intaki Syndicate Catalyst Catalyst Intaki Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Destroyer Gallente InterBus Catalyst Catalyst InterBus SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Destroyer Gallente Quafe Catalyst Catalyst Quafe SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Destroyer Minmatar Nefantar Thrasher Thrasher Nefantar SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Destroyer Minmatar Thrasher Thukker Tribe Edition Thrasher Thukker Tribe SKIN (30 Days) Loot drop Preview
Industrial Amarr Bestower Tash-Murkon Edition Bestower Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Industrial Caldari Tayra Wiyrkomi Edition Tayra Wiyrkomi SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Industrial Gallente Iteron Inner Zone Shipping Edition Iteron Mark V Inner Zone Shipping SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Industrial Minmatar Mammoth Nefantar Edition Mammoth Nefantar SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Cruiser Amarr Omen Kador Edition Omen Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Cruiser Amarr Omen Tash-Murkon Edition Omen Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Cruiser Caldari Caracal Nugoeihuvi Edition Caracal Nugoeihuvi SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2830 Preview
Cruiser Caldari Caracal Wiyrkomi Edition Caracal Wiyrkomi SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Cruiser Gallente Thorax Aliastra Edition Thorax Aliastra SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2830 Preview
Cruiser Gallente Thorax Inner Zone Shipping Edition Thorax Inner Zone Shipping Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Cruiser Gallente Vexor Quafe Edition Vexor Quafe SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Cruiser Minmatar Stabber Krusual Edition Stabber Krusual SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Cruiser Minmatar Stabber Nefantar Edition Stabber Nefantar SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Battlecruiser Amarr Prophecy Blood Raiders Edition Prophecy Blood Raiders SKIN (30 Days) Loot drop Preview
Battlecruiser Caldari Ferox Guristas Edition Ferox Guristas SKIN (30 Days) Loot drop Preview
Battlecruiser Gallente Brutix Serpentis Edition Brutix Serpentis SKIN (30 Days) Loot drop Preview
Battlecruiser Minmatar Cyclone Thukker Tribe Edition Cyclone Thukker Tribe SKIN (30 Days) Loot drop Preview
Battleship Amarr Abaddon Kador Edition Abaddon Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Battleship Amarr Abaddon Tash-Murkon Edition Abaddon Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Battleship Caldari Rokh Nugoeihuvi Edition Rokh Nugoeihuvi Edition SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Battleship Caldari Rokh Wiyrkomi Edition Rokh Wiyrkomi Edition SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Battleship Caldari Scorpion Ishukone Watch Scorpion Ishukone Watch SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Battleship Gallente Dominix Quafe Edition Dominix Quafe SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Battleship Gallente Hyperion Aliastra Edition Hyperion Aliastra SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Battleship Gallente Hyperion Inner Zone Shipping Edition Hyperion Inner Zone Shipping Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Battleship Gallente Megathron Quafe Edition Megathron Quafe SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Battleship Minmatar Maelstrom Krusual Edition Maelstrom Krusual SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Battleship Minmatar Maelstrom Nefantar Edition Maelstrom Nefantar SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Exhumer ORE Mackinaw ORE Development Edition Mackinaw ORE Development SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Capital Industrial Ship ORE Rorqual ORE Development Edition Rorqual ORE Development SKIN (Permanent) Market Preview
Dreadnought Amarr Revelation Sarum Edition Revelation Sarum SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Dreadnought Caldari Phoenix Wiyrkomi Edition Phoenix Wiyrkomi SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Dreadnought Gallente Moros Interbus Edition Moros Interbus SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Dreadnought Minmatar Naglfar Justice Edition Naglfar Justice SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview

As an addendum, there are a few ships we would like to convert over in the future, and will be doing so in subsequent releases.

  • The Rattlesnake Victory Edition has some technical issues with the underlying model, but once those are sorted it will be converted to a SKIN.
  • The Capsule – Genolution ‘Auroral’ 197-variant is currently created from an implant (Genolution ‘Auroral’ AU-79) in a very specific and roundabout way. This will be removed in the future in favor of standardizing it with the rest of the ships as a capsule SKIN.

New Ship SKINs Coming to the New Eden Store

Below is a list of all new SKINs which will be added to New Eden. All of the SKINs below will be available for purchase from the NES and can be resold on the market. If you are interested in purchasing Aurum in order to purchase SKINs from the NES, this can be done from the account management website.

Class Race Skin Price Preview
Frigate Amarr Crucifier Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Frigate Amarr Crucifier Sarum SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Frigate Amarr Executioner Ardishapur SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Frigate Amarr Executioner Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Frigate Amarr Inquisitor Khanid SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Frigate Amarr Inquisitor Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Frigate Amarr Magnate Ardishapur SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Frigate Amarr Magnate Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 740 Preview
Frigate Amarr Tormentor Ardishapur SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 740 Preview
Frigate Amarr Tormentor Sarum SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Frigate Caldari Kestrel Wiyrkomi SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 740 Preview
Frigate Gallente Atron Interbus SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 740 Preview
Frigate Gallente Atron Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Frigate Gallente Imicus Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 740 Preview
Frigate Gallente Maulus Inner Zone Shipping SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 740 Preview
Frigate Gallente Maulus Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Frigate Gallente Navitas Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Frigate Gallente Tristan Inner Zone Shipping SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Frigate Minmatar Slasher Krusual SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 740 Preview
Frigate Minmatar Vigil Krusual SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Destroyer Amarr Coercer Ardishapur SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Destroyer Amarr Coercer Sarum SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Destroyer Amarr Dragoon Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Destroyer Amarr Dragoon Khanid SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Destroyer Gallente Algos Interbus SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Destroyer Gallente Algos Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Destroyer Minmatar Talwar Sebiestor SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Industrial Amarr Sigil Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Industrial Gallente Iteron V Interbus SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Cruiser Amarr Arbitrator Ardishapur SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Cruiser Amarr Arbitrator Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Cruiser Amarr Augoror Ardishapur SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Cruiser Amarr Augoror Khanid SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2830 Preview
Cruiser Amarr Maller Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Cruiser Amarr Maller Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Cruiser Amarr Omen Sarum SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2830 Preview
Cruiser Caldari Moa Laidai SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Cruiser Caldari Osprey Wiyrkomi SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Cruiser Gallente Celestis Interbus SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Cruiser Gallente Celestis Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Cruiser Gallente Exequror Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Cruiser Gallente Vexor Interbus SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Cruiser Gallente Vexor Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Cruiser Minmatar Bellicose Krusual SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Battlecruiser Amarr Harbinger Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Battlecruiser Amarr Harbinger Khanid SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2830 Preview
Battlecruiser Amarr Oracle Khanid SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Battlecruiser Amarr Oracle Sarum SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2830 Preview
Battlecruiser Amarr Prophecy Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2830 Preview
Battlecruiser Amarr Prophecy Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Battlecruiser Caldari Ferox Laidai SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2830 Preview
Battlecruiser Caldari Naga Wiyrkomi SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Battlecruiser Gallente Brutix Roden SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Battlecruiser Gallente Brutix Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Battlecruiser Gallente Myrmidon Interbus SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2830 Preview
Battlecruiser Gallente Myrmidon Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Battlecruiser Gallente Talos Duvolle SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Battlecruiser Gallente Talos Interbus SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Battlecruiser Minmatar Cyclone Krusual SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1965 Preview
Battlecruiser Minmatar Hurricane Sebiestor SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2830 Preview
Battlecruiser Minmatar Tornado Nefantar SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1095 Preview
Battleship Amarr Apocalypse Ardishapur SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Battleship Amarr Apocalypse Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Battleship Amarr Apocalypse Khanid SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Battleship Amarr Apocalypse Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Battleship Amarr Armageddon Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Battleship Amarr Armageddon Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Battleship Caldari Raven Wiyrkomi SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Battleship Gallente Dominix Inner Zone Shipping SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Battleship Gallente Dominix Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Battleship Gallente Megathron Inner Zone Shipping SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Battleship Gallente Megathron Syndicate SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Battleship Minmatar Tempest Krusual SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 1540 Preview
Battleship Minmatar Tempest Nefantar SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Battleship Minmatar Typhoon Krusual SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Exhumer ORE Hulk Buddy SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Exhumer ORE Skiff Buddy SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 2390 Preview
Ind. Command Ship ORE Orca Buddy SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Freighter Amarr Providence Ardishapur SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Freighter Amarr Providence Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Freighter Caldari Charon Wiyrkomi SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Freighter Gallente Obelisk Inner Zone Shipping SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Freighter Gallente Obelisk Quafe SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Freighter Minmatar Fenrir Krusual SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Carrier Amarr Archon Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Carrier Amarr Archon Tash-Murkon SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Carrier Caldari Chimera Laidai SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Carrier Gallente Thanatos Quafe SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Carrier Gallente Thanatos Roden SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Carrier Minmatar Nidhoggur Krusual SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Dreadnaught Amarr Revelation Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Dreadnaught Caldari Phoenix Laidai SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Dreadnaught Gallente Moros Roden SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 3455 Preview
Supercarrier Amarr Aeon Khanid SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Supercarrier Amarr Aeon Sarum SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 6500 Preview
Supercarrier Caldari Wyvern Wiyrkomi SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Supercarrier Gallente Nyx Interbus SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Supercarrier Gallente Nyx Quafe SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Supercarrier Minmatar Hel Sebiestor SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 6500 Preview
Titan Amarr Avatar Kador SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview
Titan Amarr Avatar Khanid SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 6500 Preview
Titan Gallente Erebus Duvolle SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 6500 Preview
Titan Gallente Erebus Interbus SKIN (Permanent) Aurum Logo 4300 Preview

FAQ

We would like to address some common questions which have been asked over the course of developing the SKINS feature:

Q) Why is there a lack of Caldari and Minmatar SKIN options?
A) It will require a little more time in order to address the disparity between the Amarr and Gallente versus the Caldari and Minmatar ship SKIN lines. We are aware of it and are working towards a state of greater parity.

Q) Does the skin for a T1 ship also apply to any T2 variants?
A) Unless the SKIN item specifically mentions it affects multiple ships it will only affect the ship hulls stated on the item. Therefore a Rifter Nefantar SKIN (Permanent) item will only work on a Rifter, not a Jaguar or Wolf for instance.

Q) Will SKINs follow a character if it is traded to another account?
A) Yes. Like skills, SKINs will transfer when you purchase a character from the Character Bazaar.

Q) Will the SKINs I have active be exposed in the API?
A) Yes, we plan on making that information available from the API, however it will not be available on launch.

Q) Will the active SKIN on a ship be shown in Killmails?
A) On initial release we will not be recording the active SKIN for a ship when it is destroyed. However, we do realize the rich tradition of celebrating the loss of something shiny and it is on our list for further developments in the future.

Thank you for taking the not-insubstantial time to read this dev blog, and remember to fly safe! (Especially with those skinned ships!)

See you in the comments section for this blog.

CCP Terminus on behalf of Team Size Matters
@CCP_Terminus

34 Comments

  1. eMtoN

    Looking forward to seeing all the skins.

    April 21, 2015 at 19:00 Reply
  2. Tristan

    Ok i love these new skins so much, but please PLEASE no pink ships or stupid colors, like when you play CS GO.

    Eve is cool, cause it looks cool. If everyone gets to fly in pink ships with teddybears on their sides, the “looks so cool” factor will be gone!!!

    KEEP THIS IN MIND CCP!! Keep it classy!

    April 21, 2015 at 19:07 Reply
    1. Tristan

      And here we go… blue fucking disco colourd titans and nyxes… fuck… Gonna be CS GO all over, with fucking rainbow bright colors all over

      April 21, 2015 at 19:15 Reply
      1. LSM

        Holy fucking shit you fucking idiot. That’s the Kador fucking colors. That isn’t obnoxious, that’s just ka-fucking-dor. It’s a metallic blue that looks official as fuck. Pink? No. Metallic sky blue? OH FUCK YES. The Kador skins have been in the game a while pay attention they look amazing in space

        April 21, 2015 at 21:23 Reply
      2. Saltpastillen

        At least, in EVE, you get a chance to blow up the ship. Then they have to go build another shiny disco ship, not just respawn.

        April 22, 2015 at 00:32 Reply
      3. Name

        Hi retard, never stop posting.

        April 22, 2015 at 01:51 Reply
    2. Bryan Frye

      I must be missing the point… If they just wanted class all of the ships would be high gloss black polygons. I WANT MY VIOLET SHIP!
      And I don’t buy the BS they feed us at Fanfest.
      https://books.google.com/books?id=trbBXKeHO3sC&pg=PA5&lpg=PA5&dq=ARMIES+WITH+UNUSUAL+COLORS&source=bl&ots=a5TxaAs5J5&sig=JfYSqN2u3_EIrjVHYaCLArT_PBE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=P-c2VePmG4OqyAT3i4DoDQ&ved=0CEQQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=ARMIES%20WITH%20UNUSUAL%20COLORS&f=false

      April 22, 2015 at 00:11 Reply
  3. WhiteHalo117

    Where’s the Pimp My Ride Erebus skin. I want gold spinners damnit!

    April 21, 2015 at 19:18 Reply
    1. Teeborg

      you sire have to go to the fucking top

      April 21, 2015 at 22:42 Reply
  4. Aonus_the_blaster_maniac

    this is all horseshit. if u want a pretty ship it ends up relating to IRL money to get aurem. seriously ccp?

    April 21, 2015 at 20:06 Reply
    1. Mimmy

      Why is this an issue? The skins in no way effect game play. There is no advantage to having them. This is how micro-transactions in games should work. If you want it, pay for it. If its not worth it to you, don’t. People will buy them and have them in game on the market for a markup. Not everything in life is free, quit whining.

      April 21, 2015 at 20:29 Reply
    2. Abbs'

      You know you can buy aurum on the market with isk right?

      April 21, 2015 at 20:54 Reply
    3. Tiago D'Agostini

      You realize they need money? That eve population is stable, so theiy either increase subscription cost or they do stuff like that,

      April 22, 2015 at 09:56 Reply
  5. Jay Jackson

    Seems like this would just make tidi even worse…

    April 22, 2015 at 00:49 Reply
  6. elnator

    fuck them and their cash shop. Jita revolution 2.0 needs to happen.

    April 22, 2015 at 01:38 Reply
  7. abc123

    CCP still trying to push the MICRO TRANSACTION CASH COW down it’s player base wallets.
    .
    Someone need to Bitch Slap the twat who pushing this crap at CCP!!!

    April 22, 2015 at 02:12 Reply
    1. The14th

      OMG, vanity items that have no effect on gameplay! Pushing micro-trans is stuff like premium ammo/items, this is just graphics porn.

      April 22, 2015 at 02:31 Reply
  8. starcommander

    Truly Beautiful, one and all.

    Well, the Caldari Wykrmi ones could do…more, I guess, they seem to be more of a Flat Matte then the Glossy Sheen of most of the skins, and it just doesn’t look all that good.

    However the Quafe Editions of the Thanny and Nyx LOOK EPIC!!! SOO WANT!!!! Plus the Syndicate ones look like Dark Blue versions of the Quafe, overall just truly beautiful.

    The Niddy/Hel looks good, a nice dark red to the ship.

    Oh and the Sarum ships….Dark Red and Gold, now that looks good, even on the half assed, half built Aeon it looks good.

    April 22, 2015 at 03:06 Reply
  9. Meta Strategy

    ok new null sec fleet meta. (In general, these are also the same 13 steps that always happen in eve.)

    1. Everyone in fleet is bought (via SRP funds) two different ship skins.

    2. Everyone in fleet disables their graphics that shows the changes in skins.

    3. During the fight FC orders everyone to unlock a target and switch skins.

    4. Due to the graphics switch, anyone in the other fleet who has not disabled their graphics for skins switch will lag hardcore due to the instant switch in skins on the enemy ships. Please note that this lag would be client side and not CCP/server side as the graphics are handled on the clients machine.

    5. Enemy fleet dies.

    6. Enemy fleet members go to the forums to cry about game breaking mechanics.

    7. CCP can’t do anything because the lag was client side and the other fleet should have disabled the setting.

    8. CCP introduces a new rule to prevent skins switching during combat.

    9. The mittani.com writes an article and everyone cries gr (insert whoever was the first to use the tactic).

    10. Evenew24 write an article and everyone cries (insert whoever was the first to use the tactic).

    11. There will then be Eve is dying comments.

    12. Eve will live.

    13. CCP introduces something new and the process starts over, but people are paid for another month of subscription.

    April 22, 2015 at 03:59 Reply
    1. starcommander

      Being unable to swap skins, probably works both ways, not only if you have something locked, but if something is locking you, just like with the cloaking mechanics as this system uses the same mechanic.

      If it doesn’t, then it most likely will work like that very soon, as that is full non combat skin swapping (which is silly in its own right to do) as was intended by the “unable to swap with something locked”

      April 22, 2015 at 04:13 Reply
    2. Falco

      They can always make re-skinning restricted to stations if it gets abused.

      April 22, 2015 at 05:59 Reply
    3. U wot

      “If you are concerned about potential performance issues, you can turn off SKIN changes in space by deselecting “Inspace Skinning Effect” in the Display and Graphics menu”

      April 22, 2015 at 06:10 Reply
    4. unary

      “There will then be Eve is dying comments” <- that made me laugh. LOL

      April 22, 2015 at 07:44 Reply
    5. Tiago D'Agostini

      Lack of understandings of how graphic cards work is astoneshing. If you have a 2 MB texture in 100 ships and change all those ships to another 2 MB texture, the card driver will load the other texture and change a SINGLE INTEGER used as index identifier of the texture object that will be linked to the texture fetch unit of the card.

      The lag of chinging 1 ship or 2 million ships is exactly the same! The only way you can generate some performance issues is to have hundreds of types of texture loaded at same time ( increasing the video memory consumption)

      April 22, 2015 at 09:54 Reply
      1. ok

        Not really. The server needs to send all of the state changes to each client. The number of state changes is a function of the number of ships activating the state change.

        Regardless of the graphics library, it still has the potential to cause lags.

        April 22, 2015 at 12:33 Reply
        1. Tiago D'Agostini

          Changing direction of your ship is a state chagne as well… with more data than changing a texture index. So if all fleet aligns somewhere you already generate more lag than that would generate.

          April 23, 2015 at 13:33 Reply
  10. phl0gist0n

    I want my green and black vindi back dammit.

    April 22, 2015 at 12:42 Reply
  11. WillG

    Is this really the best use of developer time that CCP could come up with?

    April 22, 2015 at 13:05 Reply
  12. lavayar

    So why is ship SKIN system is bad idea for EVE?

    Not because of CCP gets more money.

    It`s because it does not fit the “golden rule” of EVE universe “If you undock be ready to loose it all”.
    But now CCP introduces “something” that is yours forever, no matter what happens with you after undock.

    This is bad for EVE!

    And
    all that “rich boys”, who is stupidly loosing their shiny officer fit
    toys every day, will get a way to be shiny, but not to loose anything.

    And this is bad for EVE!

    Stop that!

    April 22, 2015 at 13:52 Reply
    1. Drakkenstien

      You’re against a completely cosmetic change that means nothing at all and affects nothing? I mean, they still lose their ship, what exactly is your argument?

      April 23, 2015 at 00:22 Reply
    2. Charlie

      More people will buy it, it’s as simple as that. The way you want it is the blueprint system, the way CCP just tried for the last six months, and clearly it didn’t go as well as expected. Personally I sure as hell would never buy a skinned ship in the blueprint system, and I am by far in the majority in that respect. Why would CCP put, and keep putting dev. manpower into something a extremly small minorty would ever use? It makes no sense. On top of this is….. those retards that lose officer fit ravens do so because they are trying to get a few extra DPS, or Ehp, and skins do nether, so there is no reason for even them to use skins over your avg. mission runner. Where I personally wil buy the skin(s) of any fleet consept my alliance flies with this change, and I don’t think I am in the minority anymore.

      April 23, 2015 at 06:39 Reply
  13. starcommander

    Minmatar Hel Sebiestor SKIN

    So the Minmatar CAN make things that are not made out of Rust.

    April 23, 2015 at 05:40 Reply
  14. middlevet

    I just can’t give a shit until this is actually implimented :/

    April 24, 2015 at 03:13 Reply

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