Sometimes it's about... oh wait, who am i kidding all the time... It's all about money ,This game isn't so much about the fluff and models anymore .... In this day and age i expect things like this to happen ... essays could be written in length about this but it would be a waste of time...
GW are like the underpant Gnomes
Stage 1. Old models = phase out (and perhaps steal underpants too)
Stage 2. ....Insert new models and force them to be used
Stage 3. Profit
I mean, they are a for profit company...
But I think we also should be considering the game theory and development side. When you’re writing high level game concepts for a game that needs to be played by two friends having a fun time and also two complete strangers trying to see who’s the best player it’s really hard to keep balance with over 30 years of models and rules. And with how much has been developed by GW
in that timer frame, at some point you have to cut something.
Legends allows us to continue using every rule and model within most game frameworks. And at the same time allows GW
to create new game concepts without having to consider every single released rule in the past 30 years.
A good example (my opinion) is the new SM dex vs the new CSM dex. SM and CSM uses virtually the exact same rule set. Most of their unit profiles and weapons are the same. The changes GW
made to increase SM power level drastically left CSM in the dust because they’re both using the same (or close to) rule set. And competitive play has shown that the rule set was severely underpowered.
But, if/when GW
put the basic marine line into legends, and go with only/mostly Primaris, the two lines will be on different rule set. I believe it will then be easier for GW
to buff or adjust game mechanics and point levels when the two armies are truly two different armies. My example would be terminators. With 50% of armies using this data sheet it’s been a challenge for GW
to find a balanced use for them. If you remove them from SM and leave them only in CSM it’s much easier to adjust/buff the unit for that army.
No one wants to see hours and money spent lost to a changing game environment (me included) but we have been given an avenue to continue using our older armies/units.
I also understand that SM power level is above everyone, but this was my closest apples to apples comparison.