Neural Remaps Buffed

Following the issues surrounding players’ expectations of the 2011 Christmas gift option of a neural remap, CCP has adjusted how extra remaps work.

Previously, the remap cooldown timer only kicks in once all bonus remaps are used, which means someone with no remaps will be saving a variable amount of waiting; possible 12 months, but if the timer was just about to reset anyway, then it would be redundant.

Now, the timed remap is used first, as CCP Pleognost explains:

Bonus remaps never expire. After the code update, there will be two ways to remap:

  • You will be able to remap normally. This option is only available for use when a year has elapsed from your last “normal remap”.
  • You will be able to instantly remap by using a “bonus remap” – these are the same as the remaps that newbies receive when they create their characters. When switching to the new system, you will keep any bonus remaps you had previously, and these will never expire.

When remapping, the system will first see if you can remap normally (on the annual timer). If you can, it will set your remapping timer and permit you to remap. That timer will then begin ticking down, and, one year later, you will be able to remap normally again.

If your timer is ticking, then the system requires you to use a bonus remap in order to remap your attributes. If you do not have any, you have to wait.

If you elect to use a bonus remap, your timer will not be affected.

Let’s say that you have no bonus remaps at all – you’ve used up your newbie bonus remaps and haven’t received any since. If you remapped normally on the 1st of December, 2011, you will then have to wait until the 1st of December, 2012 in order to remap again normally.

If you take the neural remapping Christmas gift, then you can use that bonus remap to remap at any time between when you receive the gift and the 1st of December, 2012. If you do so, then you will still be able to remap your attributes normally on the 1st of December, 2012. If you decide to wait until past the 1st of December, 2012 – let’s say to the 2nd of December, 2012, then you will remap normally and not use your bonus remap.

This is a massive buff to neural remaps, and very convenient to new players who face the tension between skilling up essential support skills and essential combat skills but only being remapped for one.

Nice work, CCP

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