Best wishes to those affected by the fallout, may they find new homes that are as comfortable and friendly as Stardock seems to be.
Also, I don't think the brand name Elemental will be tainted overall by the poor launch of this game. Too many consumers nowadays expect first iteration launches of games to match up almost point for point to game brands and studios with decades worth of experience within their game genres.
GalCiv and GalCiv2 are good examples. GalCiv is a first iteration game, and while the game borrows heavily from The Civ brand, it is unique enough in the new features and concepts to be a fun play even when compared to Civ.
Elemental is in the same boat, but it only looks like the main issue was the combination of too many genres with too little systems testing, but for a first iteration game I am more then impressed. With Stardock's reputation for continuing development and expansions on their games I have a feeling by the time they put Elemental down it will have pulled a phoenix impression.
Also Frogboy and Stardock in general, can I make a completely selfish request? I don't know how many people ever played the series, but could it be bounced around some the idea of a game similar to New Horizons series? I really miss that game, and always wish some company would resurrect it.