I think what really did Playdek in was pulling on a bunch of major projects all at the same time, two Unsung Story games, Twilight Struggle, and finishing up Lords of Waterdeep. How many projects has Platinum Games just announced? It's a bit hard to tell from the screenshots, but does this look like a native app or mobile web? Not turn-based makes me think it's probably a native app. Has Platinum or Cygames done a native app (can't tell if Rage of Bahamut is web or native)?
Just saying, you have a Matsuno / Yoshida project with a potentially stretched-thin developer working on potentially new platforms for that developer. (that is a lot of potentially, I admit)
I totally think Playdek bit off more than they could chew with Unsung Story, but I'm surprised these guys would attach to a similar situation. I believe in Matsuno as a director, but don't forget that FFXII held a world record for longest time spent in development.
Yeah I'd like to know this as well. I would think he doesn't get a check since he was just an SE employee and doesn't hold copyrights or anything, but then that does beg the question what does he live off from.