Sorry but this revelation just took me aback because it is really.. well.. just odd to the point it is retarded.
So then I read that Proving Grounds ,a live player coop vs AI mode, is somehow replacing player vs AI training!? NOT THE SAME THING!
How the F is "Proving Grounds" remotely the same as firing up a training match to quickly practice against bots ONLY? I want to quickly get in a practice match to get a feel for my ships after a long hiatus and I can't. Maybe I don't want to play with other players at this moment! Proving grounds is not a replacement for training PERIOD.
TRAINING was just hopping in for an IMMEDIATE session local session. Fiddle around for a few minutes. Test stuff out without affecting other live players or feeling self conscious if you want to practice. Training mode did exactly what any training mode in practically any other game out there would do. Sorry but whoever made this decision is probably not the right person to make decisions. How hard is it just to let training be a mode among others? Are you limited to modes that u had to remove it? No.
NOTE: Customer Service contacted me saying they noticed my account was not participating in the game for a long time. That my input was valued because I was a long time contributor and spent over $600 in this game and was a regular participator. Well, now you have at least one MORE reason.