Extensions play a significant role in character development. Since an Agent character is a virtual form, personal development can only be possible through installed programs, or as they are officially called: extensions.
Every time you install a new extension, or upgrade an installed one, your remote-controlled avatar will be more professionalized in that activity. Learning a new ability is an instant act. You click on the install or upgrade button, you own the extension.
Installing the first level of each extension will cost you some money (to buy the software) and some extension points. Installing further levels will cost you only extension points.
To view an extension's description, just click on the blue information button near the extension.
In Perpetuum, the character development does not depend on completed missions or killed enemies. Every Agent receives a daily package of 1440 Extension Points (EP), which can be spent to install and upgrade extensions. The distribution of the daily EP packages happens at a fixed time of day, which is 8:00 server time.
Important: daily EP packages keep coming for 3 days after your last logout. So if you don't want to miss out on any EP package, you need to log in at least every 3 days. This limitation can be lifted with the use of an EP booster (see next section).
Each account owner can create up to 3 different characters, but the extension points stay common. If you spend 100 points out of 1000 on your first character, 900 points remain for all 3 characters to spend.
The number of extension points required to upgrade can be calculated by multiplying together the following terms:
- a base number of 60
- extension multiplier (in square brackets next to the information icon)
- the level to which you are upgrading
- a further multiplier of 2 if level is six, 3 if level is seven, 4 if level is eight, 5 if level is nine and 10 if level is ten
For example to upgrade the extension Critical hit from level 7 to level 8 you would need 60*6*8*4 = 11520 EP which at 1 EP per minute will accumulate in exactly 8 days.
An EP booster increases the amount of daily EP received by 50% for 30 days, from 1440 to 2160 EP. It also allows you to miss more than 3 days to log in, and gives you the daily packages regardless, as long as it is active. One EP booster can be purchased for 2400 PC (Perpetuum Credits) at the bottom of the extensions panel in your Agent profile. You can purchase multiple boosters, they will extend your current booster expiration time.
To start your very own business, you need to create a new corporation, employ other Agents, manage relations, financial issues, and so on. The head of a strong corporation needs to be an expert of these extensions.
Become the expert of electronic warfare modules or upgrade the CPU and other electronic devices on your robot.
Install these extensions to use engineering modules, armor and shields more efficiently.
Use your weapons more efficiently, enhance your turret (firearms, lasers, magnetic weapons) and missile launchers parameters (damage, rate of fire, range, etc.). If you want to inflict damage on an enemy, this is your category.
Nian industry includes the process of refinement, developments and manufacturing as well. For that reason, a stupendous range of extensions are available.
By equipping the so-called NEXUS modules, Agents will gain greater benefits when working together in a squad. Such extensions improve the effect of these NEXUS modules.
In Perpetuum, one means of gaining income is the completion of assignments. The Relations category deals heavily in working with these assignments: increasing the number you can run simultaneously, the amount you are paid for running them, and even increasing the amount of appreciation the group that gave you the assignment has for your work, while decreasing the dislike of their competitors!
Nian robotics slightly differ from Terran military vehicles, Agents need extra knowledge to drive them well.
By becoming an expert of Nian commerce, you can reduce the amount of taxes and fees of market usage, and you can post more buy and sell orders running at the same time.
The basis of Nian industry: covers everything from geology to plant harvesting and the exploitation of different specific raw materials.
You can downgrade any extension level with the exception of starting levels by using the downgrade buttons next to the upgrade buttons. This means that the EP you have spent on the extension will be refunded. The cost of downgrading is proportional to the refunded EP, so it depends on the downgraded level and the extension complexity too. (You can calculate the credit cost if you divide the refunded EP amount by 60.)
Downgrading has some limitations:
- It’s not possible to downgrade below your initial extensions.
- It’s not possible to downgrade an extension level which is a prerequisite for another extension that you have.