So I posted this pic to facebook a few days ago and it caused quite a stir. Lots of people upset about losing features on legacy before the 5 years of support promise is up.
Kevin Lindsay, an IT staffer tried to smooth things over by saying that there are a bunch of features coming to home editions that people are going to love and that legacy machines will likely still get online support even after they stop getting updates. He also said there is a chance the cost of the legacy update will be cheaper than the PGA one, but my guess is it will be the same as all other years but the PGA one will be more expensive.
He also tried to say that they are not skipping a year, just calling this one 2023/2024 after some distros said they were getting calls from clients asking about if they were going to lose a year of promised support over this. LIndsay wasn't really clear on whether the next year will be the last or not since it will be a 2024/2025 update and they said 2025 was the last year of support for legacy.
Quite a shit show but they seem to be aware of how much backlash this is causing.
Also someone looked at the world qualifying entries and made the point that there are fare more hardcore players who play HEs these days with the bar/arcade situation being as bad as it is in North America. If IT wants to avoid losing their loyal fanbase they need to cater more to the HE players and stop this pipedream that a PGA license will bring in a bigger audience. There was already a PGA golf arcade game and no one gave a fuck about it, so why would they care about Golden Tee now that it's called PGA?