Eric Stripe had already left for LA and is actively finding a place to work before the layoffs started. Back then, after I saw his last post on Tumblr, All I was worried over was, "who's going to take his place?". But now... well, you know.
Honestly I'm more surprised that they went with the show characters rather than telling a new story.
I'd thought that it was gonna be a cast of new characters and we'd at least interact with a few characters from the show, like how we did in TTGOT. Being able to play as the show characters though? God, this sucks so bad we can't see how it all looks finalized and be able to play it.