I agree, I don't see why they felt the need to alter it, as I thought it was perfectly fine the way it was. Why remove sections that people enjoyed?
I'm hoping they get enough feedback and bring back the cut scenes/puzzles/dialogue. Amazing game anyway, of course.
It is interesting that the first episode of Life is Strange is being offered free now. Great timing.
I checked too, and I didn't see the offer on Steam. However, the trailer said the 21st, so maybe it isn't available quite yet. It should hopefully be offered soon; we'll just have to keep checking periodically.
EDIT: Life is Strange episode 1 is available free now through Steam.