Well, I wasn't around back then to know, but I sure hope that's the case, then. It just feels strange to me that it would work this way, given how active the place was with NX discussion between 2015-2016, shouldn't there be more speculation about the next generation now, too?
The NX was prime material for rumours and speculations. The other times I've seen a single topic so much discussion was with The Order 1886 (for some reason it had an insane amount of hype behind it) and the WiiU with the will it recover/will it not.
You know it deserves the GOTY.