A bold, but most likely accurate claim. This would not be the first time stubborn developers killed their own game and cost their company either a lot of money or its existence.
Champions Online Will Fail Without a Full Respec Option
Cryptic "Design Director" and Executive Producer Bill Roper killed Flagship and Hellgate: London through his own stubbornness (respecs, LAN play, joke subscriber system). Is he behind the reticence to add a much needed, much desired full respec in Champions Online?