Here is what I’m talking about, at the 10:29 timestamp, the difference between a pre-NEXT and NEXT Alien multitools is showcased(thanks to @Crimsontine for finding this video):
I haven’t been shopping for multitools since NEXT because I already had a top Alien multitool from before Atlas Rises…but just today I saw someone else post about having found an Alien multitool in a different forum. The first thing that grabbed my eye was that it had MUCH weaker stats…damage bonus of only +34% down from +89%, total combined bonuses of +112%, down from +189%. Truly lame stats…I can’t believe Hello Games would do this. It seems like the only way to have awesome Alien multitools is through legacy saves. I checked a couple of youtube videos and those pretty much verify that Alien multitools are now extremely weak.
The Exprimental multitools now have slightly higher mining stats, massively higher scanning stat of +100% and slightly lower damage…Experimental multitools combine for ~150% which now makes them the better overall proposition if you don’t have something better from before NEXT.
If you have a legacy save with an awesome Alien multitool from before make sure you back up and care for that legacy save…because they’re trash now.