So, it seems that the Ultimates are no longer a "player-accessible" faction, and will be completing the transition to unabashed x-threat that the last few sourcebooks have been teasing.
And, I'm not sure that having some transhuman (non-TITAN/exsurgent/alien) faction that is united for, out-and-out desirous of, and potentially capable of, militarily conquering and subjugating the rest of transhumanity is a Bad Thing for the universe and the metaplot.
But, in positioning the Ultimates as such, they abandon their "good" side; the one that encourages themselves (and the rest of transhumanity) to "be all that you can be," or, to put it in more flowery language, "Per aspera ad astra."
I'd like to see, as part of the Ultimates throwing off their sheep's clothing, a part of them "stay behind," to (in their own minds) act as Exemplars for transhumanity, or who find no challenge in defeating and dominating "genetrash," at least not at "fair" odds. The ones are blazing a trail for the rest of transhumanity to follow. They're not going to necessarily be nice people, but their goals aren't to subjugate transhumanity either. They might thrash you in a contest of skill and talent, but are going to heartily wish you "better show next time" afterwards, and mean it.
I broke this out into its own topic because I noticed I wasn't the only one dismayed about this, and wanted to make sure a discussion about setting didn't get lost in the discussions about mechanics.