Adapting the OSRS gold approach into the decreased capacity sounds similar to this daily update item is temporary until you can work from the office? Or is it a point? Which are"existing plans"? Before the plans were shelved, it would have been nice to know these. Are these gaps a 3/6/12 month gaps between large update/expansions? And by changing programs does this imply no more doing huge updates/expansions?
Frankly, I'm fine with that if it did sound a little PR'y because they really are throwing themselves at it to be honest. A team actively look to react and find opportunity in a situation that impacts production output is very uncommon in my own experience. It would have been easier from a development standpoint to stay the path and just accept the slower delivery cadence - and many teams would choose that option and throw out the COVID excuse.
Speaking to it, pivoting management is no small endeavor. That takes effort, time and a lot of coordination - and then you have to go perform on it. But the hope is that this is the right way to go to deliver material and prevent big gaps.
On the WFH front, your situation is precisely the same for others here in Jagex also, but not for many (particularly those with children or less than ideal work environments). We have inner Wellness surveys which people respond to combined with Production Estimates that have proven the gradual drop in productivity - last estimate was over 30 percent down. I could safely say I am definitely not functioning and more taxed. It is a challenging situation for many.
On strategy: This is an adaptation to our scenario right now. We wish to return to those Archaeology sized content strikes later on. Nevertheless, if this approach is popular, I can't imagine we wouldn't take cues from this in our article remote-working plans either. To the stuff we announced at Runefest - which were all parts of content: This refers on the existing plan. The timeline for Desperate Measures is a prime example of that length of time things take at our current productivity.
We declared Orthen is in the works now and that - long term - EGWD has a team continuing to move that forward gradually as time passes. The target is to deliver purposeful Small and Medium additive content often (like the upcoming Alchemical stuff we mentioned today), with occasional strikes of bigger content (something such as Orthen). Concerning that cadence or dates for larger content hits, we've got plans on how frequently we'd like this to be but it's not something that we are in a place to communicate today. As we get in the rhythm of the new production approach, we'll begin to construct a more buy RS3 gold consistent image and speak timelines in a bit more confidence.