I don’t think Puzzle Combat are influencing/delaying Empires and Puzzle developement in any way.
I do think they released a lot of content in a small period of time, but unfortunetely it’s all almost-recycled/easy implemented/cash grab kind of content.
Any lack of real improvement is totally intended.
And they was really clear about having an indipendent team that makes their own decisions, so i totally consider Small Giant at fault, not Zynga.
Too easy pointing the finger on the big bad company.