DISCLAIMER: I'm just a web dev, not a server dev so my opinion is my own and not one the Dev team or Net-7 entertainment.
I played earth and beyond live 1st time and since ST3 this time... In original EnB you COULD go and solo play, in LIve Emu, still can, and have been doing so far to OL50, yeah, im a PW and have managed, needed help on a couple fighting about my weight, but still managed to get to where i am with little play time, and i have enjoyed it, the changes made have not made it impossible to play in the slightest.
Have the devs done things i disagree with? probably, but i loved EnB so much i aint going to let it stop me.... im gonna adapt and carry on... What if i didnt like it? well, i'd just stop playing if it got to that stage.
Remember, everyone has a different idea of fun.... mine is spending hours upon hours coding website databases (yes i did www.enbdatabase.com from ST3) which is what got me on that team and working on the portal.
We, the N7 team, have never said we are creating a copy of EA's Live, as you all know it was very flawed. The content most of you are already playing would not exists if we were recreating live.
New character types, new mobs, new items, new missions, new sectors would all be gone, and there would be some very messy bugs.
Are things perfect now? Hell no,
Are they better than EA live? some yes, some no,
Will any of this stop ME playing? Lost the game once, not gonna loose it again!
We have 400-500 people on the server at any one time, surley this means the game is playable in various styles?
If you have issues with the way things are going, and you think that the majority of the community agree, then get them on this post... If they dont post, its obviously not a big enough issue for them to worry about.
If the things you dont like, dont get changed, you have 2 options... adapt or leave, and those ARE choices, no one is forcing you to play or not play....
After all, its only a game
Fire extinguisher at the ready....