I think it was a brave move to explore in a direction which probably didn’t need to be explored. Someone was very keen in gutting pretty much every other system in the game to get their vision implemented. I am not sure it is something that stems from inexperience rather than character.
Going back to stacks with “wargamey” chrome is totally the sensible way to go. But as Adam said, if past record means anything, “sensible” seems to be meaning something different for 2K.