@Merelambasted Sure, I play because it is fun (wouldn't spend money on cosmetics if it wasn't), but if I know that any progression I have in the game is going to be wiped out in a year or less, why am I going to bother? All of my friends in PSO2 play other games, so why would I play PSO2 instead of one of those other games? Yes, those games are different (no dancing rappies or amazing cosmetic customization, for example), but if I know that anything I do in the game will be meaningless in less than a year... why bother? The other games I own are also fun.
MMO's, and other online games, sell you perpetuity. It's a lie, but they offer it. For all players, the perfect world would be the server never shuts down. But players, in return, expect to at least get time with the game (5-10 years or more depending on the title), and 1 year is not what players expect outside the world of COD and FIFA. Yes, 8 in Japan, but only 1 here in the US.
So to be blunt, if SEGA tells us that cosmetics don't carry over, then I, and thousands of other players, will have essentially been told that we've wasted the money we spent in a game that will be dead in a year, because lets be honest - New Genesis is basically PSO3, and once it comes out, very few people are still going to be playing PSO2.
Edit: As I said in my first post, we need an official statement about this. If the cosmetics carry over, then all is good and we keep playing, having fun, and maybe spending money. But if they don't... then... well, I just hope they do.