It's 20freakin12 ...there are hundreds of game programs on tv and lots of i-net gaming sites these days... next to that, they make tons of commercials..and there is also x-box marketplace..
Kids these days are all over i-net with there i-phones and what not..they don't even know, or give a rats *** about some hardcore fans.
You are important, but in the end ubisoft don't depend on a couple of hardcore fans to sell there games!..
The old gamers are in a hughe minority here..there are far more young gamers now, then there are old gamers..and there are also a lot of old gamers like me, who don' reallyt mind some of these changes..(some changes)
It has to be faster and easier and with hughe movie like explosions and crap..to pay the bill
And about the optional things...you don't know for sure if it's possible or not, because the game's not out yet..they also told us that there won't be a hardcore mode and i just saw a vid that shows that campaign does have a elite mode...