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Not at all, DLC or EA game to catch the Holiday Break cash .. would have been fine by me. I've also heard a rumor that this was made by modders and not the official team. No idea if that's true though.
The annoying thing for me about all of it was the quotes on the server capacity and size .... why shoot yourself in the foot like that. Clearly the game "Servers" can't support 44,000 right now and the excuse of "We meant 150 per node X "number of nodes"" really doesn't cut it. They don't get a pass on that from me. The other thing I don't understand is the vitamin system ... I can't fathom who could conceive of such a terrible mechanic. I get wanting there to be "Scurvy" in a pirate game but meh.*Also for those running private servers, be aware while the tools are robust there is a lack of real information on most of it currently. We're running into an issue of safe zones and harvest conflicts. Several iterations of scrapping the server and starting fresh so far. As far as running a private server this is par for the course, I only mention this to dissuade those new to running their own private server from thinking it's easier than waiting on official.
Also, shoutout to @MaxBacon for creating a thread named "err" that managed 4 pages of discussion. That's no small feat!