This is what allows players to pick the perks that they would like to be able to use in game. It includes things like upgraded pickaxe, more storage in the Storm Shield, etc. This is broken up into 5 categories, Core, Building, Ranged Combat, Scavenging, and Melee Combat (essentially perks for the 4 different hero types).
Ability to unlock bonuses with Research Points (gained over time), to effect F.O.R.T. attributes (Fortitude, Offense, Resistance, and Tech). Includes Backpack upgrades, and additional power to Vehicles for Expeditions.