I like to give credit to developers who limit the amount of bugs in new features and items and who don't wait years to fix them. The fact that they've suddenly decided to put more effort into fixing bugs after almost 10 years should encourage me to cheer and wave the "All credit to you guys!" banner, when their game is near the end of its life cycle and while they introduce new bugs during this process? No, that's not going to happen David!
In my view the development of this game is going to end fairly soon. We might get missions, competitions and events, maybe the odd re-skin here and there, and TreeKiwi also mentioned something about targets. Beyond that though I think things are starting to wrap up, and I don't believe there ever was an exciting roadmap for 2019. But recently some fairly annoying bugs were fixed, and personally I think that's because the development team is having one last push to get the game to an acceptable level before they say "what you have today is what you get forever".
I'm no longer the fanboy I used to be. I think Expansive Worlds has done this game a gross injustice by continuing to neglect proper quality control, by introducing unnecessary bugs to the game, and by adding content that I consider to be, well, crap frankly. But I'm grateful for any bugs that they can wipe out before they finally call it a day. So, whoever made the call to start focusing on bugs, has my gratitude. Yes, it's probably too little too late, but I will take what I can get.
I've been very judgemental and critical of Expansive Worlds of late. I think it's only fair to acknowledge when some progress is made. All that being said, I do understand your point. The recent game update is a perfect example of the lack of attention to detail, lack of quality control and haste that has plagued this game countless times throughout the last decade. But, it is what it is and no amount of complaining is going to change anything.
That won't stop us complaining though, because we love the game, and we hate when it doesn't get the love and care it deserves. Like this week.