@Nagara Had some free time so I decided to finally check out those articles. So glad you posted them(especially the Gamer Escape interview)! Yoshi P and his team are awesome, that three pillars plan is pretty spot on. They recently updated the official site with pre 2.0 imagery and seems like the big push to 2.0 is starting so i'm pretty excited to see what's going to happen.
Hiromichi Tanaka, I hear he might still try to get new ideas on the market, but as sole creator. I hope he does get better as well, excellent man with very good visions so here's to a full recovery.