It is not a rumour that the dev team stated they could not change the underlying code without ruining the game.
It is not too far a stretch to believe that original developer left the building and their coding style was a mess causing the next in line to not understand it. Therefore writing new code on top ignoring previous code.
Scopely has\had great turnaround of staff read glass door reviews. Iugo seems to no longer play a major role in the game development.
Stating matter of fact that it is false, ask yourself why no Dev\moderator has never flat out said it’s false.
This coding website basically describes this whole game and the problems that are constant. Maybe they should take this to the team?