OK, now I want to reveal something to you; the driving forces behind this update have nothing to do with the 'old' inner circle. The staff has changed, just take a look at the list of GMs and developers NOW, compared to the time of the updates you obviously disliked. Most probably, you are referring to updates years ago. Most of the ones who work for this update were not even players back then!
The new evil establishment, of course, still does everything to scare away as many players as possible... Not really. The update will break the tradition of small, inane updates that have the goal to prevent player behaviour XYZ or enforce 'realistic' action ABC. The only motivation for this update is: Make Illarion fun (again)! It is commonly accepted within the staff that Illarion in its current state is not fun (enough). There are countless small fun spoilers as well as big fun spoilers. We know about them, we are/were all players ourselves.
But if you already considered now that you won't like the update, without seeing ANY element of it EVER, well, then you should take your consequences. Now.
Other than that; if you want to contribute to making Illarion a better game, click the link below:
http://illarion.org/community/forums/vi ... hp?t=33074