Been playing EVE for 3 years now, but the recent leaks and attitudes by CCP shows me that they no longer care about their players, only care for how much money they can extract from them. And some internal reviews apparently talks about that they are more eager to appease the investors then the players. ( http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/CCP-Games-Reviews-E159347.htm
EVE was doing well with its subscriptions already. "Golden Goose" as someone in CCP called it. Now they are strangling the goose for more juice, but it might just kill it.
Thing is, I was somewhat OK wiht the PLEX thing, it was part counter to the RMT going on, and part giving CCP some more cash. Also helping the low on RL cash guys to play. Kind of a lesser evil that had come to be tolerated. So there was no real need to implement a new paywall for these new items. Only reason is to extract more money from the player base. You could already get a PEX and sell it, then get the new items.
Some may argue that it changes little for the avarage user, and they are somewhat right. But that is not the issue really. The issue is that now someone must
pay RL cash for the items to be unlocked. PLEX used to go to gametime only, now it goes to gametime and items. Some items are no longer obtainable with pure in-game means.
This highlights CCPs attitude that they want to milk the players for more money, and the shadow of "Pay to Win" items is lurking in the shadows after seeing CCP's response and leaks.
Worse is the condecending way CCP is communicating to the players. Thats just not good form. They could take a lesson or several from Arcen.
Topping this off, is the quite frakly ridiculous prices on the new items in the MT store. Some items needs 4 PLEX to unlock. 70$ for an in game monocle, while the same ammount of PLEX can get you 4 months play time, or approx 1.4 Billion in game ISK. I find it insulting.
All in all I feel betrayed by CCP, but I am not surprised. The quality of the last expansions in EVE has been less then stellar, with new features abandoned and half done. I was willing to live in the hopes a little while, but now... I am tempted to remove all my accounts in EVE. I was already having a downtime period in EVE and getting back to it now... I dunno. I will not jump ship quite yet, will see how they handle the situation first.