Answer HN: Why do so many developers seem hostile to their users these days?
Very easy answer: money.
All the changes that seem hostile are in sole way supporting the bottom line in one way or another.
In the example of Blizzard, and WoW in particular, my (probably oversimplified and/or naive) guess is that there were two objectives that alienated existing userbase: simplifying the game to attract new (and younger) audience and to make it easier to sell in China.
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