|Keep It Simple, Stupid
To be frank, it will not be a surprise if the project is actually cold dead now. To pick up something years later, most likely throw some old idea around, in a industry famous for its changing, that itself is a bad sign instead of a good one. Not to say, as you have pointed out, there is sign that they didn't really pick up.
The fate of Perl 6 and Parrot could be quite miserable, and is not the first tme you see in this industry.