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Playboy BANNING Nudity From Their Magazines?

The editors behind Playboy Magazine are making a bold step toward revamping its image - one that will require fans to truly only 'read it for the articles'.
Playboy has decided to no longer feature the nude pictorials of models and female celebrities it has been famous for since its first publication in 1953 - instead focusing on more diverse articles and toned down 'provocative' photoshoots.

That's right, Billy Madisons of the world. Your Nudie Magazine Day has been forever changed.

But why?
Editor Cory Jones (pictured above) has decided that the Internet porn industry has made the Playboy centerfold a bit redundant and that changing the way the magazine's direction will help them reach a newer demographic - the 'Vice Magazine' young urban male.

"The difference between us and Vice is that we're going after the guy with a job."

This move might be risky, but certainly one the magazine should make. At the height of Playboy's popularity, the magazine was read by 5.6 million, but currently only circulated to roughly 800,000. The Playboy website, for similar reasons, stopped publishing nudity in August 2014 and has since enjoyed an increase of four million unique visitor per month.
So what will happen to the centerfolds that have developed Playboy's trademark culture? Well, nothing's been said thus far, but Cory has made a heavy implication that they, too, have seen their demise:

"Don't get me wrong, 12-year-old me is very disappointed in current me, but it's the right thing to do. You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it's just passé at this juncture."

So now I want to know:

How do YOU feel about the new Playboy? Do you think the magazine will be able to change its image, or do you think it'll be a huge marketing flop in the making?

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@mchlyang @danidee I'm imaging Playboy is aiming for the writing content levels of Vice, with the sexiness appeal of Maxim. They still might have non-nude centerfolds to maintain their classic image, but with a much bigger emphasis on the articles being written.
@danidee @VinMcCarthy Well, I personally feel like this is another Coca-cola dilemma. Back in the day when people weren't satisfied with the taste of Coca-Cola, they did a bunch of tests to create the perfect taste that would satisfy all coke drinkers and named it the "New Coke". But when it came out people were outraged that Coca-Cola changed its taste. It wasn't about the taste after all. It was the symbolic representation that Coca-Cola had. Thus, in the end, they ended up releasing the Coca-Cola Classic and everyone was happy again. There is this symbolic meaning that Playboy has and once they change what they stand for, people are going to be outraged! Yes, everything is accessible online, but there is something definitely different and representative that Playboy has as a brand.
I think this is a real smart move for Playboy. The playboy brand meant something a while ago, but now with all the boundless free depravity online, there doesn't seem to be any sense in beating a dead horse. I just wonder if they can get in front of their established image and be taken at face value for a more serious publication.
No everything we once knew that was great is going south
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