Hey there, love the game and I'm a big supporter
There's a few things that are disturbing about the recent update.
First point being that monsters are no longer transparent, so you can't walk through them, which is the collision effect you talked about. This also effects farm animals and mounts, making farming and doing basic things on a horse or chopper very difficult. In fact with your mounts, you can get stuck in your chopper when you dismount or aren't able to craft from above it and it stops what you're doing and moves you away from the mount if you try to craft while riding. And with the farm animals, getting into the pen to feed them was difficult.
Second point is combat. With the new collision feature, it makes monsters bounce back from you after an attack and they get out of melee range, so your attacks rarely hit - which makes melee completely ineffective now!! On top of that, their melee range was increased so they continue to hit you while you can't land a single hit.
Another small bug is that each time you gain experience it shows the level up animation and all thing associated with that. Not really a biggie, but pretty annoying.
I was super excited to see an update, as I love the game dearly but this particular update has made it nearly unplayable besides the farming and gathering aspect - with gathering being slightly more difficult with all the trees haha.
I would really really like for the update to be removed from the NA server at least. A lot of the seasoned players are taking a break from the game due to this update. I agree with the idea to add difficulty, but maybe add new monsters that specifically have these traits instead, and have them give more loot. Increasing the difficultly is making it too hard for the new members. Combat was already confusing and difficult as it was.
Thank you for reading.