I have no desire to pick beef with you over this, Needleman, but, just to be fair, I have to say that 90 % of the things regarding O&A's behaviour of which you speak in harsh and hostile tone I took/take as an innocent joke and nothing more
It was a joke the first few times they talked about it. Then they began obsessively whining about it, and finally inventing rumors around the premise. Which they never admitted were untrue. Just like they never will about their latest big exclusives.
Other things from their "headlines" that they retrospectivelly got wrong are/were merely innocent speculations and fan theories
They regularly presented outlandish clickbait as breaking news and contributed to misinforming a lot of fans. When they were called on this stuff they invariably turned nasty and demanded to be taken seriously, while simultaneously claiming it was all "just a joke". Then they appropriated material from Dugpa, passed it (or even just fan theories they found here) off as "inside scoop" and finally attacked this forum when it stopped giving them spoilers to mishandle. That's not "all in good fun". It's fine if you like them. But their record is clear and not just here. Their fan film seemed to have imploded too, with its actors getting in some sort of public spat with them. Maybe it got completed, I don't know; I don't pay much attn to them.
for the record: so you steadfastly believe this HHM thing that something of importance (ie. not just an Nth variation of basically the same boxset contents or a VR game) is cooking at the TP creators' drawing board as we type? And if so, are you basing your belief on anything other than that one cryptic tweet from them and a plethora of tweets the social media-savvy TP cast and crew have been known to churn out regularly during the 2014-onward TP resurgence and are really just some self-promotion (I'm not knocking them for doing so)?
First: Yes, and as I said before when asked, not entirely for reasons I am going to discuss. But as to the ones I will discuss: You may believe all this social media chatter is "really just self-promotion." I don't, as it simply doesn't fit the profile of every single member of the production in question. Especially Frost's reaction. If there was nothing to this you would've seen Sutherland and Frost react by the time it made major outlets. They haven't. It also makes no sense for HHM - an outfit with a rep to uphold, unlike O&A - to troll major news outlets and jeopardize itself. You can believe what makes you happiest. I know what I believe.