2 types of games: Smart Buyers and Lame Whiners. Smart buyers, like myself, will protest beforehand if we see the legacy getting raped by idiots. We have will power. We do not pre-order. We have clear sight, we will calmly observe, and WAIT until all the shit hit the online fan and the wreckage get restored into a functional state. We can wait until the day we don't pay to rent a game from big biz. We want to own our game. If they don't fix it, we walk away.
The second type of gamers, the Lame Whiners, will protest beforehand too. But they either pre-order, or jump in at launch knowing they will 100% get 5crewed. They can't blame EA, for they too actively and willingly contribute to the destruction of the legacy game. After the Simcity fiasco, key people resigned, EA admit defeat, feigned humility, anounced The Sims 4 will be offline.
Yet.... EA continues to act blase abt coming GTA. HUH??? Is it because EA suits think GTA audience are bunch of weak-minded Lame Whiners who are more sissy and compromising than The Sims buyers? The Sims players are stronger than GTA players? Really?