Anyone even know why the new patch is taking forever?
Yes. According to Dejan the team is currently working on optimization and tests. Here's that post.Getting flashbacks of code refractory..
Has any of the devs or forum staff given a statement on why its taking so long again?
There is a remaining [optimization] task that needs to finish its integration and testing tasks.
Perhaps we get a first look at the long hidden feature that prevented Banners from being implemented in the Game(i know that this is no prediction but a dream