Quoting beta feedback as a reason, Cryptic
is changing Neverwinter's
character progression to allow players to purchase new skills
via power points. Previously, specific skills were handed out automatically upon hitting certain levels, but apparently choice was a big request of testers.
The new power points system, which will be available in the upcoming fourth beta weekend, allows for both skill unlocks and upgrades. There will be certain restrictions, such as keeping the third rank for all skills locked until level 30 and not giving players enough points to purchase everything by the time they hit the endgame.
The team says that this system will make the decision of feat choices more strategic, particularly in compensating for any power weakness.