So the summer expansion is going to be Industry based.
The first Dev blog a few weeks ago was about reprocessing.
The second Dev blog released now is about manufacturing.
More DEV blogs are expected to cover the Industry UI, Research, Job Cost Scaling and working in Teams.
There is a lot to the latest blog.
They are resorting and labelling the Manufacture and Research section of the Market into something that is more logical to navigate.
The damage done to R.A.M and R.Db manufacturing inputs will be removed. Instead they will just become a standard ingredient item.
With the capping of Item and Ship refining at 55%, they will be removing the concept of “Extra Material” during manufacturing.
Somewhat contentious, they will be removing the slot system for stations and star bases. Instead of 50 manufacturing slots in a factory station, an infinite number of jobs can be submitted. They will be replaced by a scaling system – with costs to submit jobs going from 0 to 14% depending on how utilised the station is. If you are a full scale manufacturer that means you will want to move your jobs to a quiet station. For people just making small volumes of stuff for themselves, that means they should be able to use these services any time they want without waiting. It will also mean BPO research should become much easier and more accessible.
If that wasn’t big enough, the next comment is that they are looking at allowing POS to be anchored anywhere in Hi-Sec (aside a handful of protected systems) without standing requirements. I expect there will be a run on moons when this is first allowed. I might even re-anchor a POS or two as place holders. (Surely they will also be allowing some mechanism to hack or remove such things though?) There will be changes to the various POS modules to come in line with this new approach, and you will need to place BPO in the POS to do research on them going forward.
Last of all the Dev blog has an image of what the new Industry UI might look like. Pretty…
Very interesting and – I might actually be feeling a little excitement about the next expansion.