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TCRF's prerelease pages document the course of a game's development, and highlight the many changes a title goes through from the time of its conception until its retail release. We strive to be a reliable resource in this regard, providing factual, non-speculative, and well-sourced information that doesn't stray unannounced into rumour or fan speculation.

  • Games With Prerelease Pages: These games have existing prerelease pages for you to add to.
  • Prerelease Content to Expand: This page features a list of information, categorized by game, that has yet to be added to a prerelease page. Some games listed here don't have prerelease pages yet.

Page Setup

  1. Prerelease pages don't require bobs or title screen images. These are already covered on the main page for the game in question.
  2. Start your article with a {{prerelease}} tag and a general summarizing description of the game's development.
  3. Make the first section of the article a development timeline that serves as a chronological overview of the game's development from conception to release.
  4. Decide on an organizational structure for your page.
  5. Make the last section of the article a reference section.

What information can I add?

Except for the rules about what to add and what to avoid that are specific to Prerelease pages, TCRF's regular rules and guidelines also apply. Don't forget to read them, too!

Add This Stuff

  1. Content that is not present in released or leaked versions of the game.

    • Example: Characters, levels, items, objects, cutscenes, audio, text, textures, menus, control schemes, and aspects of gameplay that were later deleted or changed.
  2. Evidence of debug functions removed from the released or leaked versions of the game.

    • Example: Debug menus, debug functions, level selects.
  3. Information about the various changes a game went through during its development.

    • Example: Information sourced from interviews with the game's developers.
  4. Sources for unsourced information.

    • Example: If you see information on a page that isn't cited properly, see if you can track down a source for it. If none exists, or the reliability of the source is in question, it should be removed. When in doubt, use the prerelease article's talk page to discuss the matter with other editors.

Don't Add This Stuff

  1. Prerelease articles on newly-released games that don't have a mainspace article yet.

    • Until a game is hacked, there's no way to know if material shown in prerelease footage is still in the final game's files. This information determines whether content is documented on a Prerelease page, or the main article for a game.
    • Example: If Game Name doesn't exist on the wiki, Prerelease:Game Name shouldn't either.
  2. Unsourced information.

    • To ensure an article's accuracy, all information should be derived from reliable sources, and properly attributed via source or reference tags.
  3. Speculation that lacks strong evidence.

    • Background information on prerelease content can be scarce, making it difficult to comment on screenshots and footage without including some degree of speculation. Clearly denote speculation and information from non-official sources, so readers won't mix up fan observations with official info.
  4. Fan theories and rumours.

    • Fan theories and unverified rumours should be avoided entirely, unless there exists strongly compelling evidence to support them. Once again, unofficial information should be clearly denoted as such.
  5. Multiple screenshots or videos depicting the same thing.

    • In many cases, only one screenshot or video clip is needed to illustrate something that was changed or deleted. Choose wisely.
  6. Content still present in leaked or released versions of the game.

    • This information is already documented on Prototype pages and main articles.
  7. Fan games and hacks.

    • Please don't add information about amateur games and hacks created by you or others. If you're not sure, ask an admin.
  8. User-generated content.

    • TCRF is not a place to advertise your own content. This includes videos and sites not directly related to the material covered here.
  9. Information about unreleased ROM images for prototypes

    • This includes hoarded prototypes.
  10. Information about unreleased games or ports

    • We don't document unreleased, un-leaked, un-anything games where only prerelease content exists.

Prerelease Images

General Guidelines

Please read the general rules and guidelines about uploading images before noting the specific additions and exceptions laid out here.

  1. When choosing which image to add to the article, always pick the the highest quality image available, preferably one without watermarks or other alterations.
    • Tip: Use a search engine with a reverse image function to help you find the best-quality version of a picture. TinEye and Google Image Search are both capable of this. To reverse image search with Google, follow the instructions here, then click "search by image" and "all sizes" if multiple results turn up.
  2. DO NOT convert a JPG format prerelease image into a PNG. Upload the original JPG file unmodified.
    • Additionally: If the only available image appears to be a PNG converted from JPG or low quality video, make a note of this in the image description.
  3. Only add one illustrative screenshot per altered or deleted aspect, unless you are documenting changed or deleted level layouts.
    • For Example: There is no need to archive every existing image of a deleted character.
  4. Cropping borders is OK, but don't crop content out of screenshots.
  5. When possible, provide the original source for the screenshot using {{source}} tags.
    • For Example: A particular article on IGN, or a particular issue of Official PlayStation Magazine

Prerelease Videos

To learn about uploading videos, and formatting videos on a page, see the Video rules and guidelines.

Who owns the information?

Please see the Ownership of Information page.