I agreed with you for the first two parts, but you went off the rails with the last part…
Wanting things to be like they were or to be improved to a point that’s at least close to the level from before isn’t being entitled, and what you’re doing is almost as toxic as the people you’re criticizing.
Yeah, the game has potential, but that doesn’t mean very much when most of it is obviously designed to make people buy challenge swaps and outrageously overpriced items.
Also, while some people are going overboard, and that’s not acceptable, it’s not like the entire community or even most of the community is doing that.
There are many people expressing their criticisms and suggestions in a civil and articulate manner.
343 isn’t a small company hurting for money, they’re owned by Microsoft. Microsoft has their own server infrastructure, and could easily choose to host the game’s servers without taking much if any margin hit. This is unironically predatory monetization with a BS excuse.
If this was an indie company, or not a dev owned by one of the largest tech companies on the planet I might have given them a pass. But, they’re not. They’re the devs of one of Microsoft’s biggest gaming franchises, second probably only to Minecraft.
The idea that they couldn’t afford the upkeep of the servers with minimal margin hit is absurd.