Thanks for putting this up - heard about this through some friends, and we're just feeling really fed up and numb. This is way to soon, and it just feels like GW in a dash for cash ... AGAIN.
Wouldn't be too bad as you say if there was a core rulebook available - I'm in the hobby, I don't need all that. But with 6th edition they did the rulebook for NZD160, and only introduced the core rulebook for NZD100 last year. We were in a hobby shop last weekend, and looking into maybe starting up a Warmachine army. We've had loads of players around us defect to Warmachine, esp as prices in NZ are somewhat elevated for Games Workshop.
If this rumour is true, we may well continue to play, but I think we're going to find getting a match increasingly difficult as the defection rates continue.