Eek. That is the worst, deal with the devil type shit right there. As much as zi'm dying to play the game, I'll wait til August and have the actual finished product,all polished and wrapped in a bow. Ready to be devoured all in one go.
I face palm at early access but this is somehow even worse, I'd start raging so hard when those hours are up, I can't imagine how infurating it would be... jesus eho is behind the wheel at Xbox making these decisions because they must be on coke, this is a bloody terrible move.
Let what this actually is, sink in and then think of the game Divinity is. Christ on a bike it's beyong nonsensical.
That's just silly. It's an option and options are good. The consumer can take the option or ignore it completely. If you don't want to go that route then don't, it's as simple as that.
Personally, I see nothing wrong with trying it out to see if the combat or the story is interesting, then restarting later. Restarting in these types of games is usually a good idea, anyway, as it gives you a chance to try out different classes and styles or correct mistakes made in ignorance of the mechanics. I ended up doing exactly that with this very game.
Your hyperbole have very little merit.