Indeed we do, such is the free world!
Corel does indeed have a habit of killing stuff off, though I’m pretty certain had they not acquired Gravit, then it probably would have died anyway if not already. None of us can make any predictions regard their intentions, though here’s my perspective:
The main reason I use Gravit is it’s flexibility. I can use it on Linux, neither Adobe nor Affinity can offer me that. I can also use it on my Chromebook, again, neither of the other tools offer me that option. The great thing about Chromebook is it’s cheap and light so I can travel with it and if it gets damaged its not as concerning as wrecking a Macbook or something that expensive. Cloud integration is a bonus, though admittedly the same could be achieved by just saving into a Google Drive folder.
I do agree, Affinity is more mature, though it’s also developed by a company that’s been making software of a similar ilk since the 80s.
I get that a lot of people don’t like subscriptions. I don’t think it’s idea, but then in most cases people end up buying again anyway when an upgrade comes about. You could also take the perspective that a subscriber is more important. If I buy one-time and something goes wrong and the company doesn’t help me, what am I going to do? I’ve already paid. If I’m subscribing and something goes wrong and they don’t help, I cancel the subscription, they lose out on that future revenue.
I still maintain that it’s still good value. £25 or thereabouts per year is really not a lot of money for what, I at least, think is a good product.