Now I'm not saying the new bounty system won't work, I'm saying that the 'profession' of Bounty Hunter will never be viable in Eve Online.
Many people would like to be professional bounty hunters. However, it can never be the proper profession in Eve as many people would like it to be. You known, hunting the space-lanes for your target, setting up the ambush and waiting for them to go down in flames so you can pick up a big reward for bringing that scumbag down.
TL;DR - By making the rewards sufficient enough to make it a viable choice as a profession in Eve Online, you would to open it up to exploitation.
The current system is pointless as I've pointed out before. You put a sufficiently high bounty on someone and they'll get a corp mate or alt to pod them and collect the cash.
But Drackarn! Retribution will revise the bounty system!
Yes it will. Looking at the details it will probably be like this....
Mr Piwat ganks Mr Miners Hulk. He then goes on to question Mr Miners linearage and suggests he should find another game to play before finally resorting to "Yo Mamma" insults.
Now this will be paid out as a percentage of the kill each time Mr Piwat's ship is assploded. Here is and example of how it probably will work.
Mr Piwat jumps through a gate to find a gate camp of Loki's, Insta-lock Legions and teir 3 battle-cruisers. He's in a Drake. He is utterly ****ed and goes down like a sack of s***!
His T2 fit Drake was worth around 80m ISK. If the bounty payout is say 20% of the true loss then those killing him will get 16m ISK split between them.
So are you going to track and hunt down players for a bonus 16m per BC kill? And thats if they are flying a 80m ISK ship. And you can find them. And they are in space. And you can catch them. And you can kill them.
16m? And I very much doubt you can do one every hour with having to track them down and get to the system they are in and find them in space etc. 16m an hour for all that work? That price cannot be really raised much as the guy got 40m back in insurance if he had 90% platinum. You raise the bounty much higher and it'll get exploited.
Whats. the. point.
What's that I hear you say? You have an idea on how to stop the target profiting when the payout is more than the loss?
"Stop the insurance for people with a bounty. That way the reward could be raised to almost the value of the loss."
That would be the greatest greifing tool in history. At war with a corp? Put bounties on all of them and stop them from insuring any ships! Nasty!
"Raise the payout!".
That wouldn't make much of a difference if it was 90% of the loss after insurance. Still only 36m. "Raise it more!" you say? Then you are into the exploit area where the return is greater than the loss which makes it profitable to kill yourself! A few years ago people would build cheap BS, insure them, undock them and then self-destruct. This was profitable. By raising the payout to above the loss suffered you will reintroduce this mechanic.
"Do them as contracts. So you know the cash is going to a bounty hunter and not their alt!"
So when you see you have a bounty on your head, accept the contract with a random alt. Profit.
"Have people sign up with Bounty Hunting corporations. A corp has to 'sign up' for a BH licence like they sign up for Faction War."
Yes, but still if the profit is high enough you'll simply get Eve mails to the tune of 'Hey mate, I'm a licenced bounty hunter. I see you have 5bn on your head. 50/50 split? Meet me at.......'.
By the time you make bounty hunting worthwhile enough (ISK wise) for people to bother with, the value of the kill is such that it is open to exploitation.
So bounty hunting is unlikely to be worthwhile in Eve. It is simply a "gift" you give to a random person for killing someone you don't like.
Am I wrong? Is there anyway to make bounty hunting worthwhile in terms of risk verses reward against other things in Eve?
P.P.S. On the flip side, will people make someone with a bounty on their head fly a really tanky fit ship in the fleet. So the enemy FC goes for the one with the bounty but he's flying tank?