There were a couple of changes to gear with the last update mainly due to the way that Marleybone and Aquila split along the usual 5- or 10- level increments. I'd like to avoid that again!
I have no plans to change existing items. I do have some changes planned moving forward, which may include:
Fewer items with powers from other classes
More items with higher level powers
More items with brand new powers
Places to farm for "rare" gear variants that are auctionable (most right now is no auction)
Just wondering on your NEW powers statement. Are the powers going to be brand new like "wow never seen that power before"? Or are you leaning toward existing unavailable powers that will become available for the pirate? Example: a robe that gives Gracie Conrad's mine trap.