Today, 1:56 PM · 6 replies and 102 views.
Wouldn't be the first time. They did the same with Modified Embedded Firmware, first it was part of the mission reward loot table, then the a major update removed it from all missions. Like this time, it happened in utter silence, not a single word from FD, neither as a warning beforehand, nor an acknowledgement after it happened, or any comment as to their reasoning.
Now Cracked Industrial Firmware has some uses significantly more important than Modified Embedded Firmware, including the best upgrades to thrusters and power distributors, so maybe this time there will be enough people speaking up that FD feel compelled to maybe do something about it.
P.S.: FD, I will not play your hack-against-the-clock base-assault minigame. I find that so utterly terrible that I would rather uninstall the game if I ever get into a situation where it becomes my only means of acquisition of a material I need.
P.P.S.: Seriously. Stop the railroading.