If you were upset that Stage 2 made every bit of content accessible without spending a dime then it shows you didn't care about the game prior. Before Stage 2 the game was on it's last breath. What would your reaction be if one day Evolve servers went dead and you couldn't access that content anymore. Either way you would lose. TRS tried to do you a favor by keeping access to your content and allowing you to enjoy it longer.
But stop taking the idea that TRS is trash and wanted to personally seek out your enjoyment and ruin it. Especially by making claims about games they will produce in the future, saying that you wouldn't care to even take a peak to see if they fixed the flaws in the past that you hated. That's like ignoring a person because they didn't agree with you on 1 point and now you won't ever listen to them again.
That's not how it worked.
Long story short, TRS made a deal with a publisher called THQ. THQ went under and had to sell off it's assets (Evolve was one of them). TRS tried to buy themselves out but 2K stepped in spending 12 million for the title. They had full control over the game, but let TRS continue on the road they were on, but stepped in once DLC took place.
It really isn't their fault, there is so much to their story that you don't know.
Especially when TRS was forced into a contract because 2K owned the rights to Evolve. Do you really expect devs to abandoned their baby that they worked for years on all because of signing a contract?
Yeah in hindsight...
But if you place yourself back then when that deal was being made, TRS didn't know the DLC prices. They didn't know it would turn into a shitstorm. They didn't know it would make you feel ripped off.
Otherwise "Lets sign this contract just so we can rip off Gimboid in 2-3 years, hehehe."
The fact that 2K isn't involved means a brighter future, not to mention the stuff they learned from Evolve. Aka teh DLC shitshow, Free2Play, balance changes, quality content to name a few.
Indie devs don't have $250,000 assets. They don't have over 100 let alone 50 employees, at least when they start. And the 2K-TRS relationship was a fuckup that ended in a divorce. But one party should not take all the blame, but anything related to money is not TRS's fault. Game content or balance issues were TRS's fault. But you're mix-matching the problem with the wrong culprit.
Either try and revive the game or let it die out in 1-2 months.
Once again, hindsight. TRS went into S2 with the best intentions of overhauling the game to try and bring it back to life, but fell short because of new problems they encountered.
As as an ex-devoted player, changing wait times from 20 minutes to 2 seconds made me happy.