I am a grognard myself. Got my first C64 around 1986, worked with an Apple 2e even before. So I am used to making backups. I do them regularly and automatically (NAS, NAS-copies, clones, cloud). Never thought I would have to manually backup game data on a daily basis again, though.
So, if such a simple feature, which has become a staple of gaming for many years, is missing in a triple A title in 2019, it feels like a confession of failure to me.
But as it seems that’s just me. Everybody else in the PC community is fine without cloud save.
Still the main problem for me is not if cloud saving is in the game or not but that we still don’t know if it is in the game or not. A few weeks before release I’d suppose they’d know.