I'm hoping for some improvements with this change. For one, Mayfair always had a large presence at Gen Con but I hated how they ran their games. Essentially if you bought tickets to play their games they would hand the game out to you, tell you what table you were assigned, and then tell you it was up to you to read the rules and figure out how to play. I never understood this approach as it seemed that everyone else (or at least most others) had an individual "gamemaster" assigned to actually run and teach the games.
Also, I've played Catan and it is a great game IMO however I do not own it and won't unless it gets re-printed with some quality improvements. I've always thought the components in Asmodee games were done well. I'm hopeful they will improve Catan's components with a new release.
Um, you know Asmodee bought Catan in 2016 and did release a new addition right? Catan Studios is an Asmodee property.
Also if you went to the dealer hall area of Mayfair they had the style of teaching games you were looking for.
I really enjoyed Mayfair at Gen Con, especially the ribbon collection. That got you free swag, a 50% off coupon, and tickets to a raffle for more free stuff. Plus they have had clearance racks with games $4-7. I'll hate to see all of that gone.
Lookout Games have lots of good games, and I am interested to see where they go from here under the Asmodee banner.