Nah, definitely not a deal breaker. 7.1 is just virtual anyway... many games have built in 3D audio i.e. Rainbsix Siege actually gets screwy if you have viritual 7.1 as their 3D audio already does a good job doing a virtual 7.1 already.. more or less.
You dont see the difference?
The game honestly confuses me.
I understood its early popularity, despite the state it was in. It was fresh and new, still fun, with the hope of improving and being cleaned up. Yeah, that still really hasn't happened yet.
I don't understand the appeal of shoddy development. It's as if the game's popularity itself and staggering population are an indication that despite its flaws, it's ok to play. "Hey, thousands of others are still playing so they must not mind."
I'm not sure I'll ever return to it. The game should be in a much better state than it is, and for whatever reason they seem incapable of polish.
They have more money than they know what to do with now. You see it time and time again with smash hits like this. They should be able to support a sizable development team now to increase development cycle speed, as well as up the quality of released content and fixes.
Has that happened? No. Will it? No. If it does, it would be a first.