However this then becomes a problem, we either end up with a tiered community because we can't all play in the same universe anymore - or we share a universe and I play at a distinct disadvantage, such as when my ship is attacked by another player who can board and steal it because I have no defence. Worst still, my activities are devalued (either by raising in game costs, or reducing in game payouts), to make the new features and activities worthwhile to do. I'm going to feel pretty crappy and move on to other things.
None of which feels great, and yet isn't enough to have me pony up more cash. I could instead invest in Star Citizen, or wait for the new game I've heard about going through kickstarter that is similar to both. Elite Dangerous is the best of these right now, IMHO, but the others have features Frontier is making me pay for, right from the beginning (though I can imagine Star Citizen following a similar model of expansions for more systems since it has a 100 designed systems to Elite's 400 billion generated ones).
All in all, I'd probably prefer a monthly fee, albeit a much lower one than say WoW of EVE, and have updates more regularly - that way Frontier has maintaining a user base to think about, driving expansions at a faster rate. That said, I'm sure they'd argue this drives then to get it right, and maintain quality and consistency.
Will see how I feel when the update comes out, maybe Horizons will be that much a game changer I feel compelled - just don't see it fitting what I need out of the game at the moment.