We should release the box cover early, I think.
I wanted to reflect the stages of getting a game back when I was a kid.
First, seeing the game on the store shelves and wishing I could play it. Second, getting the game and reading the manual on the drive home from the store and imagining what it would be like to play it... And last, actually playing the game.
My plan was to release the box first, to emulate the feeling of seeing the game's box on the shelf but not being able to get it.
The day before the release, we'll release the manual and packaging. That way, people can look through the manual and imagine what it'll be like to play the game. (Emulating the feeling of reading the manual on the drive home from the store, but still not being able to play it.)
Then last of all, on the patch release date, everyone can play the game.
I feel like this would be, in a crude way, emulating the feel of getting a game back in those days.
Since we're nearly done, Cargodin, you can release the box packaging (just the outer box case, not the extras) at any time. I think it's about time people saw some of your fantastic work!