That I think it the best takeaway from this; D&D is best when its D&D with added flavor, not when it tries to be something else. That goes double for official settings; I wager they will continue the trend of "add what's needed, change only what's necessary" like Ravnica and Eberron has. In that regards, they will appeal the widest swath of players by making only the most required replacements or removals and instead add new options to emulate the genre. It makes the product appeal to fans of the setting AND those who want to add elements of the genre to a homebrew if they want.DnD is very much a genre unto itself. That, to me, is a feature though. I quite liked the article, it's kinda like the MCU, keep the core superhero elements and then flavor with Space Opera or Political Thriller. Do the same with DnD, don't try and make a Western, but run DnD with Western elements.