Tbh it's pretty discouraging for new players to come in and slave their lives away to catch up to people. Whom have been here since before the dawn of time. It'll create a massive pvp gap once again that will even deter more new players from entering. Having to wait half a year while grinding vs buying an account to jump into the action. There's a reason why pvp servers never gain any traction from people that actually want to play the game. You either sink a ton of time or a ton of money into the game for usually little action.
Mean while yeah a lot of the older freedomers are going to enjoy it. Now instead of people being able to pay for a decent character which could do their work in no time. They'll be reliant on the Wurm established community even more to supply what ever their need is. Now there will be a massive economical gap favoring the older players.
There's a reason why people flocked to WO. Burned out on all the content they wanted to do and never came back. It's cheaper, more enjoyable, and they add in elements of QoL that Wurm desperately needed. Baring people from cheaper long term options is going to crush the new player engagement. I wish my friends luck who still play the game but a change like this means I'll probably never come back.