I'm just saying that it's a meaningless statement. No shit, we'll wait and see, because we don't know a single thing about the game. It's like saying "XYZ could be good, if they do it right." Again, no shit.
The distinction is one of expectations. If we knew for sure that it'd be the same key players coming back, then expectations would be high. Since all we know is that there's another game in the series that may not include *any* key players, then expectations are of course going to be low to neutral. Premature is probably the last thing this is.