I liked back in the day when things were actually announced.
Like new features being released.
Features being made temporarily available.
What's the point of keeping everyone in the dark? That defeats the whole purpose. The point here was to give those players opportunity to buy those NPCs since they missed out last time around. Well, none of them knew they were available, and therefore *still* missed out.
I would imagine the people in traders are the *least* likely to need them. ^_^ The people on IRC the most also check the Sim News the most and tend to have money, therefore in all likelihood already got them the last time around. Not exactly the ideal crowd to target.