I honestly cannot believe they are shutting down the Foundry.
I mean, really. I just purchased a lifetime membership, and I see them removing a huge chunk of what STO is.
I have a friend on the other side of the country who was also interested in purchasing the lifetime membership, but he wanted to wait and let me decide if I thought it was worth it before he purchased, and then he would wait for a sale.
What can I tell him now? "well dude, they are actually removing a huge chunk of content, so I don't know if you would want to spend all that money on this game". I mean, what else can I say?
I was already a little disappointed with the purchase, as it seems the rewards have not been updated in quite some time. I would have thought you would at least get 3 Tier 6 ships (one for Science, one for Engineering and one for Tactical). The 500 Zen per month is OK. The captains table is a complete non starter. There is no one there, as in it's a complete wasteland, and there is no advantage to going there.
What else do you get? Some uniforms (nothing I was interested in), a few Tier 5 ships (why would I want Tier 5 ships?). At least there were some that had Fleet variations. A few bridge officer slots, inventory slots and bank slots are perhaps the best rewards. Fireworks and a spacesuit seem to round off the list. OK, you know, I really didn't mind supporting the game, and at least there were a couple of decent ships. But now that they are removing something I enjoyed playing, and I even had a plot all worked out for my own attempt at making a foundry mission (Called it "Q The Metrons", and it would have been sweet). That friend from across the country and I were going to split the work and give it a try.
They HAVE to know that the way to get people to pay all that money for a lifetime membership is not to remove content.
However, they could make up for it. They could completely replace the ground game engine. If they do that, I will forgive them. That engine is so old looking. It's buggy, it looks 10 years old (yeah, I know), and the way the top of the character swivels and then the bottom turns is just embarrassing. How about putting some money into a different engine instead of upgrading skin textures? The space engine isn't perfect, but it's way better than the ground engine is.
I don't mean to make it look like all I do is play in the Foundry, but some of my characters have done almost every Foundry mission. When you run out of new content to play, those Foundry missions start looking pretty good.
Heck, I have 7 Max-level characters, and all of them have played all the in-game content. Each one has multiple ships, with at least one ship fully upgraded (actually, I think most of them have at least 5 Tier-6 purchased ships (Klingon, Fed and Romulan and now also each character has two Jen'Hadar ships). All purchased ships have been upgraded. They also either have or have access to all the free event Tier-6 ships from the last 6 or 7 years.
Why do I mention this? I'm not bragging, I just want to get across that, as a fairly major purchaser/player in the game, I don't like it when I see content I use disappearing, especially after having spent well over a grand (well over) to play the game over the last 8 or so years.
This is the last thing I would have expected from the devs. Removing content is bad.
Just to end this comment on a positive note, I really enjoy the changes they have made lately (well, other than the Discovery stuff, but we will have to agree to disagree on that). The DS9 changes were a long time coming, and turned out really well. The changes to the Reputation system were also very well appreciated, and the Jem'Hadar content turned out a lot better than I thought it would (in fact, I purchased the starter kit and the Jem'Hadar carrier ship). Allowing re-engineering of the game items was a godsend as well. The biggest one was the random TFO addition. At first I was a little leery of this, since I'm not a huge fan of the ground game. However, it actually turned out very well, making it so there is always a TFO available to play if you hit the old "join random" button. Another benefit is that it has forced me to play the ground game more, so I have actually gotten to know those TFOs, and on those occasions when it's obvious the others playing don't know what to do, I can help out (except for the one guy who, on the Borg TFO where at the end you have to go to the four corners of the room and upload a virus, he kept refusing to assist us in having three people to turn the forcefields off, and when we told him what to do he called us noobs (eyeroll) and told us we didn't know what we were doing...lol. Too bad the other two people left earlier, and we ended up having to abandon that TFO).
So, thank you to the Devs for adding such excellent content, but you all need a spanking for removing the Foundry.