How can it be, less than two months before the ushering in of a new year, that so many of 2018's Game of the Year contenders remain concealed behind such a thick fog of mystery?
Stunning works from all corners of the world already dominate the gaming calendar with their presence, but without the usual onslaught of hype and anticipation surrounding their arrival.
Delays can (and will) happen, of course, so radio silence is to be expected from camps eager to avoid premature hype - the last thing anyone wants, after all, is for Square's Final Fantasy VII Remake to suffer the same fate as PlatinumGames' ill-fated Scalebound - but that doesn't excuse those locked in for launch within the next 12 months.
First-party titles, namely Sea of Thieves and God of War, should be with us before summer returns, and yet, neither Microsoft or Sony appear to be concerned with promoting their existence - its been left to us to go digging for any and all scraps of new information.
But a handful of year-end gaming events remain that'll hopefully inform us further on what 2018's heavy-hitters are all about, but in the meantime, here's what we know.