I’m following some of the discussion on RPG.net about Monte Cook working on Dungeons and Dragons. (Although the exact nature is still kind of vague – people are guessing anywhere from ‘writing a weekly column’ to ‘creative director for the entire D&D line.’)
There’s a lot of attempts to pigeonhole him. Because he wrote some magic-focused supplements, he’s going to boost the power level of magic in Fourth Edition and unbalance the game. He’s going to make it more like 3rd Edition, or 2nd Edition, or Ptolus, or anything else he’s worked on. All kinds of guesses.
My personal theory is that Monte Cook is a professional. I assume he’ll take the projects assigned to him and complete them to the best of his ability. I know I’d be upset if people took my entire career up to this point and assumed that was all that I was ever capable of doing.