I’m also very interested in using Sage 9 and all of it’s awesome features like webpack and ES6…but without using Blade templates. In trying to do so (by simply removing the .blade extension) it seems I lose out on a very key Sage feature–the theme wrapper. That’s enough of a loss that upgrading may not be worth it.
Just embracing Blade templating and moving on seems like a fair option, except that I work with other developers and asking all of them (and especially jr devs) to learn Blade templating too feels like an unreasonable ask of me when it’s such a deviation from the world of WordPress theming. Also, I’ve been scanning the comments related to Blade templates and Sage 9, and I noticed that people are having issues with it working on WPEngine’s hosting platform. That too is a big deal for us as we host many sites with them.
Any chance we can add back in the theme wrapper for those of us who aren’t ready for Blade?