I write this in genuine hope that you will see this and at least consider the points given here. My goal is not to bash you or make fun of you.
Imagine for a moment that this game is a cow (just go with it). You, as the farmer, want this cow to produce lots of milk so that you can afford to feed your family and make a profit. Like any farm animal, it’s important to keep the cow healthy so that it can produce sufficient resources for you. It is absolutely vital to keep the bones and muscles of the cow strong and healthy - otherwise its milk will go bad and eventually may run out.
Now let’s take this weird metaphor and apply it. You, naturally and rightfully, want this game (cow) to produce money (milk). However, as of late, many of us (and not just on this forum) feel that the majority of updates are based around milking the cow rather than caring for it and making it stronger. It’s as if every update brings a better machine in to milk the cow more and more, while the bones and muscles (gameplay/features) are being ignored. Many players feel as though the cow of this game is getting weaker and less healthy because the primary focus of the past many updates has been milking, or monetization. This, in part, may contribute to the overall negativity of these forums, of which I do not want to be a part of, but must concede that it is at least partly valid for a variety of reasons, which leads me to my next point.
Allow me to create a scenario borrowed from relational psychology. There exists a concept known as Gottman’s Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. These four “horsemen” are major disruptions in a relationship which may signal an oncoming end to the relationship. The horsemen consist of criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling.
How does this concept relate to GoW? In my opinion, and the opinion of many others, as seen in this major thread, stonewalling, or refusing to communicate/cooperate, has been an issue for a long time in this community. This post by @Saltypatra was made regarding stopping most dev communication outside what is necessary and this exemplifies the stonewalling issue. I believe the stonewalling on these forums has happened due partly to defensiveness, another horseman.
That’s not to say the devs are entirely to blame, however. If we are considering the dev-player interactions as a relationship, we cannot put all blame on one party. There have been extreme amounts of criticism and contempt from this community which go far beyond normal feedback or discontent, such as death threats and individual attacks. I believe this is also a large contributor to the stonewalling and defensiveness of the devs, and I believe this was confirmed by Salty (although I may be wrong on that).
TL;DR: The game is continually being milked without being fed. Sooner or later, as evidenced by the warning signs of stonewalling, defensiveness, criticism, and contempt, this game could break apart if something is not changed. I love this game and I implore the devs to reconsider their communication and direction for this game. I also ask the community to be gracious and kind; feel free to disagree with a dev or an action, but please don’t make this video game so personal and feel the need to lash out.
I truly believe GoW can get back on the right track, and I hope this is a decent summary of what many members of the community have been feeling lately.
I thought this was a great quote from @ButtStallion relating to this topic (emphasis added):