This rumor lets us know that perhaps the core games will not be left in the dust, and that instead, LotR will simply be additional releases on top of what is already going to be coming out. Not to mention that the movie and game has funded additional technology for the GW.
Please remember that this is a rumor, since I have not been able to locate staffing numbers on their site or elsewhere. Someone else might have some inside information to this, and if so, please share in the comments.
The number of designers has increased significantly. I know of at least six new guys. My undstanding is they have been taken on not only to ensure whatever they do for LotR does not impact on the other core games but also to increase the amount of stuff they can produce for the core games.
we should thank LotR .... It is what paid for all the new technology they have now.