This griping attitude (albeit somewhat justified in some cases) is something that brings gaming down. I understand some resentment twords GW, but the online community gets out of hand on the griping front. There's so much negativity that no wonder GW disengaged in the first place. Why bother asking if you're always going to get told your ideas suck, butter just to push on and let sales figures direct decisions.
As a community we need to start to push back against allowing ourselves to actually be the characteure of the cynical biter geeks which we can be portrayed as.
We're cynical for a reason. Yeah, this is a hobby and it gets taken seriously a bit much sometimes but hear me out.
We can spend thousands of dollars on miniatures. Many of us have. We spend that money for different reasons but a big part of that is that we love playing the game as we found it, the game we learned to play and grew up playing.
GW has a long track record of taking what we love about the system or the army and changing it or discarding it. AoS is an excellent example. They've binned the entirety of their background. Altered all of their armies. Changed most of the rules. What we loved about the game might not be there anymore. And GW's response is "We don't make games anymore, we make miniatures." Pretty much, just a "Suck it up and deal with it."
So here's where the current situation gets sucky.
In the pursuit of profit, they discarded these games quite some time ago. They retained the IP because the IP has value but stopped selling miniatures and stopped selling the rules. So the community rallied because of their love for the game and the game survived. The community embraced it, made it their own without GWs interference and now take a sense of pride and ownership of it.
Whoever made the deadbeat dad analogy above has hit the nail on the head. The community behind these games is doing just fine without GW but this whole thing reeks of them just taking the necessary legal steps to protect their IP. They've proven through past action that they genuinely don't give a (censored) about these systems and the only thing they see here is dollar signs. No one in their right mind could believe they are going to treat these new rule releases with the same care that thousands and thousands of gamers have since they were abandoned. But they sure as hell are going to start suing people to protect it.
So yeah, we've earned the right to be cynical.