With the live announcement and the statements Anet has made in the past about the living world or "Saga" now, people, myself included are concerned about the progression of one's profession into the future. The promise that was made by the Devs was that we'd see content normally exclusive to expansions in the living world updates. Thus far, the lines between expansion and living world have been heavily blurred already. I personally don't feel that these two features were ever decoupled as we'd get new masteries for Living world season 3 and season 4 before the announcement that "Expansion like content". As such, as a player this claim of theirs feels hollow at the moment because this content was already a part of the living world. With the announcement that occurred earlier today players were unsurprisingly expecting the devs to release something major that they wouldn't have released prior to season 5. Of all the things that were previously locked to expansions, masteries, new maps, raids, new story content, mounts. Elite specs and new professions are noticeably missing from this supposed expansion like content.
So the question becomes, where do Elite specs stand? Is this locked behind an expansion exclusively, should we just take what arena net says about the living world with a grain of salt? Because I feel the communication just isn't there to really express what they're trying to achieve and the players are rightfully disappointed that the progression of their characters that we most care about is being excluded. This might not be an issue if the window for new Expansions wasn't into question, but it most certainly is. We don't know if we'll ever get a new expansion and the lack of any hint as to what we can expect on this front is deafeningly silent.
With all of this said, there are absolutely steps that Anet could have chosen or still choose to take in order to excite the player base for the future without giving us new elite specs in the Living world(Saga). Let me list a few options.
What I'm basically trying to get at is the serious lack of horizontal progression for the professions is something I care deeply about and you might not agree with everything I said or any of it. The thing is that I would like to see something. Even if that something took months to come out. Give each class a new skill or two every few months? That would be fine with me. I want more tools to play with, more ways to experiment with build crafting. An elite spec isn't absolutely needed to satisfy me, but this horizontal progression of my profession absolutely is something that is extremely important.
Could Anet be planning something else pertaining to the professions? Maybe. I'd love to see something like that. But Arena net gave no hint to anything like this in the announcement even though their blog post about "Expansion like content" months before did heavily hint at this form of horizontal progression. The disappointment and frustration with the community is understandable.
I'll end with this. The Saga looks like a lot of fun. However, I'm extremely concerned with how I'm going to play it. My skills are getting stale and I'd like something new to mix it up. Combat is the most important aspect of GW2 and our identity as players is heavily linked to our profession, far more so than the story behind the commander.