Thank you for your interest, and thank you for the post BrownEyedTigre. This will be the quickest release in 10 years. For each game, I've been getting slower and slower. This is partly due to each game being larger than the previous (and this one is no exception), but probably mainly because I'm getting older (I'm 50 now). Then, all of a sudden, I was able to finish a game in less than a year! And I really have no idea why. The summer started extremely early here, so I could shoot from early May, but that doesn't really explain it.
My wife Eleen started the pre-beta testing today (as always), and has already found some clumsy mistakes (as always). After that the game will go out for beta testing. I've had the same reliable testers for years now, so that will most likely go smooth and quick.