While I am in some sense relieved that I don't have to plan on a several year long farm for these characters, I am saddened that they chose this route instead of adjusting the rewards to make a more acceptable time to acquire model. It's true they didn't say they were removing the events, but I don't see more of them coming in the future with the way these turned out.
To me, the style of release was new, innovative, and exactly the kind of thing this game should be having, it's just unfortunate that they made the time to acquire model so long. I'd say 6 months is about the longest one should expect to have to farm a character without getting speed ups (not counting the time to farm what is needed to farm the character). A year is not an uncommon number in this game though, and it had caused an inordinate amount of complaining. As far as I can tell, this is why the hard node sims got raised to 5 sims a day.
All in all, I'd like to keep my fingers crossed that they keep events like this in mind for the future, but with something more like a 30-40 shards/month plan instead.
40 shards/month still works out to 4 months just to unlock a 5* character, but is a far more reasonable time frame.
I know they stated something about marquee characters and the release cadence in conjunction with this, so it would be reasonable to assume they simply meant characters with these events in the future will be released in some other fashion. I would like to see them released only through the event personally. That would be awesome.
But they also expressed frustration at people's disappointment in their attempt to bring us a unique experience which could lead one to believe they are not going to even use this style of release at all anymore.
To that end I have made this thread. If others are like me and would like to see more events of this nature provided they don't have ridiculous time frames, we have to tell them so or it probably won't happen. They seem to be on a tipping point. If people really just did hate the style of the event, well that should be discussed somewhere as well.
So, community, what are your thoughts?