Hastati wrote:The vibe I get is that Chaosium are moving it to a more "pulp action" oriented game as opposed to the fairly faithful rendition of the mythos that the old game was. I think they are trying to bring new blood to the game by making more combat focused.
No, there's no intention to make it more pulpy. The upcoming Pulp Cthulhu is designed to take care of that requirement.
The changes to the combat system are there to make it quicker to resolve fights, not to make the game more combat focused. 7th edition is still grim and deadly.