It might have gotten less attention as the new VCTA certification level was claiming the spotlight, hence this announcement to our institutions.
Did you know that the vSphere foundations certification is no longer a requirement to achieve the VCP-DCV level IF you are taking the vSphere 7.X exams?
Here is a blog that explains it in detail: https://blogs.vmware.com/vmware-japan/2020/09/vcpnew2020wof_en.html
It means that for the VCP-DCV certification track with vSphere version 6.7 the steps are as follows:
So the vSphere Foundation is STILL a requirement
For the VCP-DCV certification track with vSphere version 7.X the steps are as follows:
Here the vSphere Foundations is no longer a requirement