Quoted from Brijam:
You're not suggesting that RAZA will be very much different than what we saw, are you?
I would certainly suggest that it had better be! Lol
I get the sense that it is all being deliberately downplayed. The development RAZA was claimed to be "90%" of the game. That leaves plenty to the imagination, how long is a piece of string? . 90% of What exactly?; 5-10% of playfield to go is not much stuff, but BOM$ ?? 10% of machine value is alot of stuff/gizmos/toys! > Downplaying??.
If it is true that DR is Playing Down the "amount" it is going to bring to TPF (so as to maximise the "under promise" and "over deliver"), then it would be fair to assume they would want to keep secret as much of RAZA's "Wow" as possible. RM did say a long time ago that their first effort would be a game (not for sale) that would demonstrate (to themselves & others) that they can create something on par with todays basic value offerings (below par for DR). That would be the old RAZA prototype that we saw, fits the description (even right down to the mirco playfield lol).
Under promising I think also covers letting everyone think they might only have RAZA there as a production game. If that is what people are assuming then that aspect is probably going about as planned.
I don't think it is the aim to keep customers guessing, but I would be confident that the non existent PR is intended to keep the Opposition guessing!
Everything the public can know, the opposition can know. Radio silence and holding back details across the board is the only real way that "keeping stern guessing" can be realistically achieved, I would say...
Stern will have no insight as to what will be at TPF, until it is actually underway. Seems all of this has that particular goal in mind. I'd say if that is the goal then they are succeeding.
Also, yes there is amatuer mobile phone video of a game that will never be sold in that form. I would propose that is only amatuer video because it is a game that will never be marketed. If that proto was even close to what will be on offer then I suspect DR would have wanted to ensure good gameplay video was made (available). The fact that it was not only supports the position that the prototype DR platform that was shown was out there more for deeproot to test stuff in the real world, and also show that they have created "something". ... imagine if the RAZA proto was never seen? ... the Zidware folk would be getting even more skeptical than they might be now.
The way things are happening is entirely consistent with the series of RM interviews over the years, albeit behind schedule.
If "behind schedule" is the only real issue (from TPF 2019) , then they have not got too much to worry about. Time will tell.
Even if they only come out with "mediocre".... they still may well come out on top. The way stern is going at the moment Deeproot could "pull a Bradbury" on their sorry arses!
*Pull a Bradbury : Take the win from behind, as the opposition all falls over!