If for no other reason than it hasn't been talked about by devs or community members. It's close...has to be. I don't post a lot but I've been scouring the forums for information and I feel like it really can't be much further out.
Reading the End of Year update again, I noticed some things I didn't before.
Per Tannim, as of 12/21, "The island is our issue-0 char zone. It is ready. The avatar creator is fully prototyped for costumes." Comment #57. So whatever behind-the-scenes-tech issues there are causing the delay, it's not the chat zone or the chargen. They are both ready to go.
I mean, the devs were convinced it was ready up until the week before the Fall 2018 goal, apparently.
I'm sure after the update letting us know the Fall 2018 goal fell-through they took some much needed R&R so I doubt anyone would have expected anything from them for at least a few weeks after the Fall 2018 goal. A few different times I think different devs mentioned a 3 month delay figure (in the End of Year post) and we are just about there. They haven't shared any updates but I wouldn't expect them to...I honestly just expect them to drop the release on us unexpectedly with no hint that it is coming.
Everyone is ansy but unless they are playing us like a fiddle and great con-artists, it really can't be long. Which is exciting.