Maybe not, but if that's Rick's decision, I'd rather see the thread closed and avoid pure speculation and way off topic comments.
There is a lot of benefit to both PPS and potential customers in understanding the dynamics. Do we know that CG owns the electronics platform? Or did PPS spec it out for manufacturing? I think there are still outstanding questions for MMR (e.g. Who is responsible / provides warranty support) too.
Do we really expect that new players are going to magically appear for any future remakes? I don't.
Look at one part in the announced process for MMR - completed games will be shipped to CG for final inspection. It seems logical that it would be less expensive to do this on site at Stern - it's not like they don't have any experience in this area (and I would argue that history shows Stern has far more experience than CG when it comes to pinball). Maybe there is a good reason for doing it for MMR, but will/should that be a case for the next title?
For the other entities producing new pinball machines (Stern, JJP, Spooky, Dutch Pinball, Heighway) we know who does what and what the high level processes / ownership is. We still don't understand that with PPS and Chicago Gaming or have any reluable information on why that isn't reasonable for us to know.