That's what happens when the soul of the movie is driven out of formula and straight into oncoming traffic.
I'll never understand this whole notion of "change everything to see if there's more money to be made".
Blade Runner 2049 was faithful to the path, and it's a far superior film to Covenant or The Predator. It's a far superior film to most nowadays, honestly. The art of business, is ruining the business of art.