I remember Brad a couple months before release questioned whether or not the game would be ready. Then in like a week he said we will make our release date.
Honestly, imo - I think he wanted the game to be done so he could take his sabatical and code some ai or mod. He wanted out of the office. Notice how he took a vaca right at release when the game is in the shape it is in? I and others said the game was not ready and he got on these forums and made us sound like trolls. He didn't want to hear about the game in an unfinished state.
I wonder if the devs now can actually get the real work done now that he is gone?
Ultimately it is his leadership that got them in this mess. I would question working for anyone like that after seeing how this went down - the pcgamer warning and the forum flaming that he participated in. He new he was releasing an unfinished, and untested game - reason he become vigilant to squash anyone that said so.
But I am sure there is more to know than meets the eye here. So its all speculation. But just look at the facts...
Brad ignored beta tester red flags saying game was unfinished
Tactical battles were never released to beta testers
Game never tested with all gameplay elements in place (Memory leak would of been squashed)
Game released anyways
Buggy unbalanced game that is still in a final beta stage
Brad wrote a basic apology letter
Brad on vacation
Devs now have to fix the mess in short order
This game needed another 3 months for polish and another 3 months to add content.