That seems like an extremely far-reaching conclusion based on an issue with chairs and chat. I think Joel (not Funcom in general, but Joel in particular) is invested in making more than just another survival game. Judge it by it's release version, early access is a process.
This is why i believe that. This issue with the sitting wasn't new. A work around found by role players was posted. What happens next patch? The devs code that out. That specific hot key work around is "fixed". That seems deliberate.