They clearly live in their own bubble and make their own priorities. Who cares about the fanbase.So let me get this straight:
You remove a useful game option for a lot of players because some players are just too "stupid" (sorry but I can´t think of a better word in this case) to understand that more troops on the screen means less performance?
Why not just add a short explanation like: More troops mean a higher impact on performance
No wonder you don´t want to add some more "complex" gameplay options into the game if your goal is to make the game fool proof?
If they'd care what fans like - they would have emulated most of the most famous mods already (most have source code available). Tons of good content that is working.
But for some reason its more fun to add +10 to some random armor and then -10 over and over again for a year and create new bugs to fix, while creating one new feature and one half baked feature on the way (in a years time lol) wow the speed.