Well then I guess we better doom every game that's going to release as "downgraded" ...
Uncharted 4, Quantum Break, Horizon Zero Dawn, Gears of War 4, etc ...
Chaning things up is not the problem with this game. The visuals and enviromnet interaction is a clear downgrade, but hardly unexpected after what we seen with Watch Dogs.
If those other games have downgrades then they deserve to be doomed by the consumer.
People getting tired of seeing a BIg Mac presented in it's glory only to get a deformed something that resembles the advert.