That's okay since the point of the subscription is to fund the licenses, not the client? I was hoping for a client to replace Stepmania 5...
This was never supposed to be a replacement or upgrade from Stepmania, and they never said that it would. They were extremely clear about that well over a year ago when they first started publicly answering questions about it. This is not even a standalone client at all, it's a full online service, and the servers running that service are not free either.
However, that said, the SM community has been forced to stay underground for so many years now, mostly out of necessity, because there was no legitimate avenue for them to pursue harder and better content. But now, this project is finally the key to changing all that.
RH is the avenue to finally rising above those depths to bring truly competitive modern dance games back to the limelight in a big way. In a way that can be shown to the world. In a way that can be fully legal and licensed. In a way that can be streamed and youtube'd without issue. In a way that we can all enjoy official content and scores again. And better official content than ever before! In a way that anyone can easily contribute to that content, and even be rewarded for doing so. And in a way that everyone will one day be able to freely enjoy this content from the comfort of their homes WITH the best available hardware.
Why stop at "the next SM" when this has the potential to be so much more? When they have the ability to take everything to the next level, to move the community as a whole to new heights never before seen? While still eventually allowing members to manage their favorite old content locally for use in the same system!
I mean, try to look at the end game here, because if they play their cards right, I think it's going to be a win/win for everyone. Will take us time to get to that point, but they need to make sure this is all implemented and presented in the best way it possibly can. It's going to be very difficult for them to pull this off. Let's take it one step at a time.