It's not about the top package for me, often the top package is not the best one depending on the players style. For me having no real choice in how I upgrade my ship is the issue. It's just left to right, as I move along, every ship, every line. No real thought, no real change just plod along on the upgrade path left to right in a straight boring line. Or if I wanted to get crazy, go back to a previous one and downgrade.
As much as I did not like WOTC upgrade path( compared to PC) at least there were several branching options that gave me choices, some tanks had 5 or more package options. Sure you needed XP to unlock and branch off a bit, but some of those made the grinds a lot easier and more fun. Heck you could even unlock an engine or gun that could save you some XP on the next tier if they shared the same component.
Instead we get an upgrade path that reminds me of 2D side scrolling games from my early days. Left to right, then wash,rinse,repeat until max tier is achieved.
The end result of this is cookie ship builds, because almost everyone will use the final package if they continue to use that ship after advancing to the next tier. When the majority use the same exact ship upgrades it leads to less dynamic play.
As a side note I'm not a perfect build type of player, I'm the nut on WOTC that played arty( and other tanks) without a HUD, refused to use repair kits( My founders pack 5/4 still has all the consumables I bought it with lol) , etc. Just because I had the option and it was fun.
I know I speak for basically myself, as it seems many want a simple no fail upgrade path and I can certainly see the mass appeal of that. But I'm sure a fair bit would like something a bit more as well. My time like many others is limited, so spending the majority of my time in game doing the no fail straight line system with no real options to test or try out just sounds meh.
With that being said I still plan on playing, how much I'm not really sure I really just plan on picking up a couple premiums I think I will like and playing those as long as we are not expected to pay as much as the PC version. Doubt I will be doing much with tech tree grinding.
Also I realize my post has no impact and will change nothing and does not really matterjust a simple opinion so those who look to jump on me for it, no need. We won't change each other's minds on this.