This is not so much about the upcoming change as more my thoughts in general on the evolution of this game over the years.
I do not think people are as concerned about trading tackle with one another as we are constantly feeling kicked when we are already down. I think that if the changes in the game were not generally geared towards hindering our money generation or reducing/eliminating an aspect of the game we enjoyed over the years, the situation would not have snowballed into what is currently happening.
In 2018 we waited almost the entire year for new maps. Then in 2019 we waited another year for the next map. We stayed with the game after multiple livebait nerfs, rod test adjustments, 3 months of disconnects, trophy size changes, loss of repairing rod blanks, the list goes on and on. In that same time we have hardly received any quality of life improvements. Things that come to mind are the ability to see weather on a map without paying to travel there. Seeing our player on the map. Having the ability to hover over an icon in store to see how many of that item we have in our backpack. There may be a couple more that I cant remember but they are such minor improvements and things that should have been implemented long before 2-3 years after release. We were expected to appreciate these improvements but mostly just felt it was basic stuff that should have already been there. If we do get a quality of life improvement, we know that we have to wait through 5 more changes that negatively effect us before we see something that barely improves the game for us again. It is a hard pill to swallow as a player in a game that is already fairly punishing and time consuming.
There is a disconnect between the devs and the players that is felt hard by the majority of the community, and at this point we do not feel respected or even acknowledged. Our voices are just not heard. I feel this is where the problem is rooted. Regardless of what this current change was they are implementing, the reaction would be the same. We have our backs so far up against the wall at this point that there is no more room to cower and take it. Just like in the animal kingdom, when you eventually get pushed into a corner, there is no where else to go except on the attack.
If we had received a proper balance of nerfs vs improvements over the years, then I am sure that it would be easier for the playerbase to accept that drastic measures needs to be taken to combat the current financial situation the company is in. The more support we get, the more we would give back. At the end of the day, no one wants to see the game shutdown. There was a time in this game that players were on the developers side and were more understanding of their choices. When I started playing this game in the beginning of 2018, there was more of a team feeling between the players and the developers. Over time, this feeling has changed and it now just feels like a war.
Emotions are running high because we want to play this game. We want to see it become better. We are paying with our time and money to test your unfinished product. We are the ones helping feed your families. We just want a better experience from something that we invest so much time and money into. We want to be treated as fairly as you treat yourselves. I think we deserve that for the support we have shown. But when you make us feel not important, not heard, and not involved, an angry and disgruntled mob is all you will see back in return.
Until the company changes its approach to the community, shows us more respect on game balancing and better returns for our time spent playing, things will only continue to get worse. Small problems will always blow up into big problems based on the frustration levels we have.