Return to Castle Wolfenstein:Enemy Territory ruined the RTCW series. I know a lot of you played ET for free, but ET was a step back from the original Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
In ET maps weren't as good, the gameplay wasn't as balanced, the game had a noobish feel to it. Splash Damage was probably the worst choice for developing the series. They never got the game. Enemy Territory:Quakewars is proof of that.
Splash Damage ruined the initial concept of RTCW. RTCW is the best fps multiplayer game in the history of internet. The problem is that the majority of the world hasn't really played it. They play a little ET and have no idea what they missed from the original.
Let's hope this RTCW 2 is closer to the original, then the hacked up garbage versions of ET & ET:QW.