"You will receive a perpetual fallback license once you pay for a year up front or 12 consecutive months."
This is good news - they've listened to their customers and alleviated the key concern - losing access.
Otherwise I am good with the rest of it at this point.
This truly may be jetbrains intent, but it isn't worded that way as I read it.
Also, this might simply be a coincidence - but it is Friday afternoon. I know I've read some PR-related articles advising the release of bad news on a Friday..
Netbeans is suprisingly close in features to IDEA and better in some places (in my experience XML handling and performance). This new announcement is probably not enough to get me to switch back despite some Netbeans annoyances.
If I am not using open source software then a subscription seems right in order to get updates as they are ready, not for new release marketing considerations.
The two years for the price of one got me back.