Whenever a developer says they are ambitiously pushing the envelope with their next title (specifically in regard to sequels), I either shrug or roll my eyes. It is such a common term that it almost never registers with me. Not that I hold it against any developer that utilizes such a vernacular; no one wants to give the impression that they are producing the same product they put out a year or two ago.
After doing this whole writing-about-video games thing for over a year now, I can say that it’s possible to be fooled by previews. It has happened before, and it could likely happen again. At this year’s PAX East, Volition and their new publisher, Deep Silver, managed to shove that apprehension down my throat (for now, at least).