I see people saying the game is in a good spot and stuff like that.
I'm no pro game designer by any mean but I have my share of experience, what the Lok team is doing in my opinion is trying to bite more than they can, they also seemed to lose the focus on the core of their game (porn).
Normally when you have to restart a project you try to re use as much as you can from the older one to save time, things like sprites, models, etc, it's not always posible tho so i don't blame them if they found themselfs in that spot.
although, it does look like they have a managing problem due to how much time some task take to be completed in some of their departments.
In my opinion they should have stick to the original design (side scroller dating sim??) and just polish problmes as the grinding for example, even if they had to rebuild the base game to avoid problems in the future as they said, sticking to the original idea would have saved them time, they could have re used backgrounds for examples, maybe even the same character models since i don't remember seeing people complining about them.
anyway, in my opinion, for this new structure of game they want they should have moved to 3D, they could have re used a rig and animations for multiple characters and they wouldn't have to worry about animating stuff in multiple angles as they do now, not to mention the creation of multiple limbs, heads and bodies to acomodate this.