This would be a good time to calm down and prepare for incoming flame-wars.
Remember that the previous crew already had a ton of stuff they announced for march.
I don't see them changing that plan to prioritize Yoshida's wishes.
Yes, the previous team had a ton of stuff planned for the new year. New UI for keyboard/mouse users, further improvements to the retainer wards, adjustments to this and adjustments to that, etc. etc.
But I do see them heading down a different path under Yoshida. What's the point of bringing a new guy in if he's got to sit there and twiddle thumbs for 4 months while they finish plugging away at Tanaka's vision? And frankly, even with all the stuff we were promised for the first quarter of 2011, it wouldn't be enough to keep most people around or bring many people back. I'm expecting to hear new things in addition to the old in Yoshida's Lodestone announcement. And I'm kind of hoping they can push something live a lot sooner than March. Like maybe make some adjustments for mid-January so things like crafting and SP gain on combat classes don't make the core of the game such a chore.
All the people saying that an AH would make them play are talking out of their ****. If they got their AH they start plugging away and barring anything else, they'd go a couple of months and then a lot of them would throw in the towel. Adjustments don't suit when an overhaul is required.
Sure they had stuff already planned for the beginning of 2011. They need more than that, and I think that's what people are wanting to see.