Hey y'all! I'm one of the many people who check whether AR has been released now and then, and I believe most of us will agree that we have gotten used to always hearing "it's done when it's done, we'll release it then".
At this point, my only guess is that the developers have internalized that sentence, and have never given a second thought throughout the years on when to release it. I noticed that in recent years, the forum's popularity has unfortunately decreased. Maybe it is time for the team to consider releasing the game?
As I understand it, the reasoning behind this policy is that a bad release would leave a sour taste in people's mouths. On the contrary, I believe the long wait has caused much more people to dismiss the project over the years. So I do not think this reasoning is valid.
As another point for a release happening, I have no doubt that the developers hearing fans enjoying the game would improve their motivation for the project, and make developing more fun! Just to be clear -- I'm not saying the developers are unmotivated, but that it would their motivation would benefit.
Don't think I'm breaking forum rules by saying this -- I was a tester for a while a few years ago, and the game was very fun. I can only imagine it's getting better now!
Of course, nothing against the developers and testers -- I heavily appreciate their work. I do not mean unwell on anyone. I would love to hear what the AR team thinks.