Did a quick check, couldn't see it claimed but expecting it to be. I would like it if not. Never requested to do an OT in all my time like this but dammit, this game was the first game I ever completed solo on the Mastersystem when I was 8 years old.
Feels very strange that this now niche but special game is getting a remake like this.
The strict timing thing is not so much about irrationally sticking to official release dates but to limit empty hype conversations (pages and pages of "omg can't wait" "day 1, best game ever, all over my face!") which would happen when a game wasn't out at the time of OT creation. When a bunch of people get copies early, that's good reason to have an outlet for them to discuss the game also available early.