Message from corporate: "Dear Gamers, we discussed what you want, what would make you happy, and we discarded it in favor of a model that would yield more revenue. Sincerely, Ubisoft"
You know that's the cold hard truth. They started drooling a bit while looking at that Activision earnings report and decided cashing in on the TCGR franchise was the best way to get them some of that!
And please don't be so naive as to believe the hardware is what limited the map size. BF3 is a rather glaring example to the contrary. In fact, BF3 without vehicles is twice as "Ghost" as this game. This is "Ghosts Who Detect Each Other as Part of Their Strategy". To quote the illustrious Joe Biden, WORDS MEAN SOMETHING. And the word "ghost" certainly doesn't mean UAVs and red outlines controlling the outcome of the game.
Let me complain about the searchable customized lobbies too. What is their motivation to keep you playing a certain way? What do they get? Standardized play means you can give everyone a rank. You can give them their little gun unlocks. These sparkling trinkets keep you playing the game. I'm 40 yrs old and crotchety; I certainly don't need a childish unlock system. All it's gonna do is keep me from having my guns for two months. They should sell me the total unlock package for $35. If you're an adult and you have money, then you don't have to be treated like a jobless child, right?
Oh well, they may lose us old dinosaurs to Serellans Kickstarter project. We can all play that at the old folk's home.
Unless it's bingo night.