its not even set in the same suikoden universe as all the other previous games.
That's actually arguable. Suikoden 1 confirmed the existence of multiple planes, wherein the Dragons, Monsters, and Gate Runes were pulled from. It is easily within the realm of imagining to say that the Tierkreis world was one of those many.
But even still, even if it's not the same world, the game has the same spirit as the older games. As I've stated previously, it matches more closely to the original "The Water Margin" story that the series is based on then any of the 'standard' games. The only one that really comes close is S1.
Also also, Tierkreis was confirmed to be a side-story, and is not connected to the main numbered games at all. So I really fail to see why there is so much concern over this. The game did well, Konami has given no indication that they plan to stop the main series indefinitely, and Kurayama has a job offer that's probably from Konami. All the doom and gloom in the face of all this is kinda of depressing. If you want to complain about a series that is being pushed to failure, let's all talk about Breath of Fire.
@Lard: And you're spewing opinions formed about the game without ever even having played the thing. I really don't think you have any place to talk whatsoever.