i would just like to say that the OP is completely correct, and the other really long posts on this thread. the silent majority also has these concerns, but either: dont want to rock the boat, or honestly believe that cryptic knows more than they do, and therefore trusts them.
i implore cryptic to take these kinds of threads seriously and change the game accordingly. the way things have been going lately has been undermining the loyalty of a very loyal and trusting fanbase, and to these vocal fans, you are betraying them, which will pretty much break their hearts and make them leave, if they havent already. we deserve a game that is done right, not just what can be done to make a buck. if you make a great game we will pay whatever for it, because its a great game.
i post this in an advisory tone, not to bash, or troll. because i care, we all care about this game we have adopted as ours.