Pretty much mirrored my overall opinion and well stated sir.I'm still here but I am having a seriously hard time getting my mojo back I'm afraid.
In my wildest nightmares for Odyssey I imagined a lot of stuff would be added to the game that wouldn't interest me (e.g. I was never that excited about the idea of on-foot gameplay) but as an absolute minimum I thought that flying under blue skies would be cool, that there might be improvements to things like bookmarking and that atmospheric planets would bring a world of exciting new possibilities and that planning the next great planetary expedition would be an exciting possibility. But I never imagined that the UI's would be changed in ways I absolutely hate and in ways that really make me feel it's designers just don't play the game. I never imagined the performance would tank so badly that I don't even enjoy doing the stuff I used to do (or that flying under a blue sky would feel so eurgh). I never imagined the lighting would be so horrible in general that, aside from sunrise and sunset vistas, most things would look worse (e.g. ask yourself why we're not seeing hundreds of screenshots of people on foot at Thargoid bases and Guardian sites ... because they just don't look good). And I never imagined that I wouldn't like the new planet tech ... but the simple fact is that I just don't. I'm just ... uninspired.
But I'm trying ... I'm still following the forums, still listening to the podcasts, still watching the videos. None of which is helping unfortunately. Obsidian Ant is sad. Lave Radio are sad. Erimus Kamzel currently has no plans for DW3, the bad news goes on and on.
And I've never liked to highlight negatives in this thread, so for now I'm remaining vigilant, but quiet.