Development timeline comments straight from John at the 4:50 mark in the link below.
"In development the last 5 years, aggressively the last 3."
Dude, that quote was made AFTER this thread popped up, so he's just doing damage control to keep the secrets secret. It means nothing.
A bunch of guys who don't work for Icarus or PD or build canopies at all said it's a straight rip-off, and that means something. I'm not sure what, but something.
Along those same lines Ian, be careful anytime you're in the factory. If you leave any DNA anywhere in there, they're going to clone you and drop the 'real' you from the team and just use the clone-Ian.