Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Why is effective communication a bad thing with the current design principles?
Is it an effort to revive 'death vagrancy' after several years of sane, involved, and interesting stories?
I think "intentionally blocking effective communication" is an exaggeration.
I think going from "most of us speak at least ten languages" back to "hey, you know this obscure language, that's impressive" is a more accurate description.
It's actually somewhat expensive to know languages now, but the other key question is whether everyone we encounter will still happen to speak common. Or maybe we're actually going to see more encounters where languages really matter now.
I think this is a welcome change, and I'm writing this as someone with a character fluent in 38 languages. It will make language boons that much more sweeter.