In a short tweet by Last Epoch developer Eleventh Hour Games, the team posts a couple screenshots depicting some of the itemization changes players can expect in patch 0.8.1.
Eleventh Hour Games points to class-specific and unique abilities as the source of the new significant changes on the itemization front. These changed will raise modifiers on the maximum skill levels of several abilities, and will be available on a range of different item rarities.
To start 2021 with a ??. Patch 0.8.1 will introduce significant itemization changes!Among these will be new modifiers which raise the maximum level of skills. These will be available on a range of item rarities.Here are previews of a unique and a class-specific rare; pic.twitter.com/edL30TnMIu— Last Epoch (@LastEpoch) January 14, 2021
They also responded to some questions about how the system works in relation to skill point allocation:
You can unequip the item at any time, however the appropriate number of points will be removed from nodes allocated on the skill's tree.(This cannot cause a tree to enter an invalid state by removing points required by other nodes.)— Last Epoch (@LastEpoch) January 14, 2021