To admit, I'm asking myself if it is indeed a stronger or more a stranger message?
Concerning this project, it is so much mysterious so that in the end we have two possibilities:
Option 1: Some day I wake up without any expectations and the news threads are full of discussions, images and so on since SAC unveiled this beast.
Option 2: Nothing will happen and even in 2025 some nice peoples cheer to the camera with still the old image in the background.
I'm really not sure, what's the more likely option.
IMO, if this new years picture had emerged alone without any recent indications of Dark Sword being worked on in any form, then I probably wouldn't have put much stock in it.
But of course, this mysterious photo from 2018 (almost certainly a mock up) exists, so unfortunately we don't have the luxury of just dismissing the recent new years photo as something that can be ignored.