He got a lot of credit for the Ultima Series that was undeserved, he was not the only person on those projects but had no problem taking all the credit. Anyone remember him giving credit to any of his team members back in the 90's? I dont. Since then he has done nothing of consequence and SotA wont be either.
I have never received so much free stuff from an MMO. This is the one MMO I have played where I did not feel I needed to buy something from the cash shop to play and enjoy my time and be competitive. It seems like every week they are giving me stuff.
I am not a big fan of the RNG system but the complaints about lag have never affected me. I dont do node wars though.
I dont understand what the big benefit is to having studios in multiple countries. If one country is truly that much cheaper to develop in then base all your operations there. If the talent is in other countries then move them to the cheap country. Most people in game development move all over anyways and expect that.