The pleasure is all mine, dude. I'm sure there are pieces of information I have missed, despite my best efforts, but it certainly won't be a lot.Maybe this thread could be pinned? It's worth referring to periodically. Thanks ShenGCH for documenting everything so thoroughly.
Thank you, my good man. I'll update the OP right now"- Key members from the series' original development team are working on the game, including script writer Masahiro Yoshimoto, character designer Kenji Miyawaki, architect Manibu Takimoto, composer Ryuji Iuchi, and creative director/programmer Takeshi Hirai   "
You forgot two other important returning key members?
Keiji Okayasu (Sub director)
Hiroaki Takeuchi (Animation advisor/producer)
I am going with the assumption that Niaowu is NOT Chobu considering there are signs in Chobu that directly refer to it as Chobu. Ie "Chobu Shoes Center"