That each desired piece of gear is a time-gated project
That it costs dilithium to get the item you want
The total lowest estimated time it takes to T5 (2 months it has been rumoured)
You also didn't say how excited you think players should feel at staring at countdown timers.
Unless you ditch the rep system and bring back the old system (with a tweaked drop rate) then I won't be reinstalling the game. Of course I will keep checking the forums for any changes that might go in a direction I would prefer.
Projects to unlock gear is fine. But should not cost Dilithium to do so. And such projects should unlock ALL variants of said items. It's stupid to have to run a project to unlock the Mark X Deflector, another project for the Mark XI Deflector etc.
Why can't you just add an "umbrella project" that encompasses all versions of the "Omega Deflector", "MACO Deflector" and "Klingon Honor Guard Deflector". Why I ask? Well we know why... You WANT to timegate everything behind stupid pre-determined grinds that YOU have determined. I'm not asking for instant gratification. But atleast let US choose when we want the items. Don't force us on a timegated project that provides the reward "over time".