The same could be said of Perl 5. A big difference is that it's less true of Perl 6.
Perl 6 is a simpler language than Perl 5 in most ways. But, like Perl 5, there is scope for a full range of fluencies from baby to advanced. If you don't like that, you don't like Perl.
> Perl6 design is so complicated that there is probably not much room for new features or taking the language in new directions.
Again, this is arguably true of Perl 5. It's definitely not of Perl 6.
> I think Perl6's idea was to make a core so flexible that it has no limitations
You didn't get that idea from the actual project.
> I also suspect it's the primary reason why it has taken so long.
The reasons for it taking so long are legion. It was and is ambitious, no doubt about it.
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