As much as I love to hope and have faith, I still feel a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach in all this. That feeling that kind of precedes bad things to come.
Just don't forget, you guys are playing in the mouth of a horrible beast now. Hopefully the player base will have more vigilant eyes than that beast, because if we do, any tomfoolery will immediately be called out. As a player, I hate to use the terms "I expect," and "We expect," considering biting the hand that feeds us, but...
I expect you to keep up your relations with the community
I expect you to keep on track with your original intentions for the game, both design and gameplay.
I expect you to keep your standards as high as they sit a month ago, and aim slightly higher.
Because even if this goes sour, and even if this is a calm before that final storm where PWE pulls a bait and switch on us all, I want to remember DE as the warrior of hope in a land of death, dishonor, and immorality. This is the only free to play game I've seen to be this popular with such an insignificant amount of "Freemium" monetization, and as such, I will follow you wherever you go. You have my sword.
Mind you, this may just be me blowing things way out of proportion, but DE is one of those few companies that I can honestly say cares about their community and keeps an eye out for what they have to say, and there's a small desperation to be had in keeping that. The gaming world is run by greedy corporations as of late, so the few companies that put community along side income in necessity find a nice spot in my "don't watch it self destruct today" list.
So if you don't mind me, I will be watching carefully, waiting this out, waiting for lucky 14 to hit, curled up with a fifty gallon drum of mint icecream and a week's worth of soap opera's to cushion me when it's 13.9."Not14".1 instead.