Exactly my thoughts. I mean Beamdog did the Enhanced Editions of the earlier games and they were done pretty good in my opinion. They kept a nice stylish UI and all the foundational elements that makes the games definitively "Baldur's Gate." They even expanded on some of those elements and improved upon it.
I think everyone doing the interviews should start asking more questions about inspiration from the previous games and if they are going to play any role in the future improvements to the game.
Beamdog's example showcases why it is not worth trying to follow exactly in the footsteps of the original games. They received so much negative feedback it was ridiculous, and it was often contradictory: the EEs were a rip-off, because not enough changes to the originals; the EEs were not true to the originals, because too many things were changed.