I'm struggling to understand the timing of this announcement. This game had to have been in development for a while up until now, but then this drops and basically says your progress won't move over. They had to have thought that would cause some people to stop playing and just wait for the new game?
I don't understand at least from an NA or EU player perspective. They have to know the playerbase would see this and realize that the active player count would take at least a small dive after you acknowledge that your leveling progress won't transfer.
For JP, it's understandable. This game is old to them. They want something new. They put in plenty of years into this. Cynical me thinks we were just to get some extra money perhaps to fund what was coming up. Optimistic me doesn't have an opinion because I also just realized they weren't going to even bring PSO2 to us at all without Microsoft intervening.
While I'm excited for the announcement, it makes me wonder what the point is of having a "returning" event for alliances when you also tell them their progress won't matter next year most likely.