I will attempt to explain.
It does hinge upon being a fan of the developers, yes, however I had a detailed explanation of what they were wanting to do back in 2012, some GameInformer article that popped up in my school library my Senior Year of High School.
It detailed exactly what they wanted, exactly how they wanted it to function, and it had a basic rundown of the classes, and all of Tier 1 (which was Markov, Griffin, Hank, and Val at the time) plus Goliath ofc.
I knew that TRS was responsible for a game that I loved, L4D, and that likely they were going to implement the gameplay nearly exactly as they had described, and I prepared myself for everything that was to come, and then they launched gameplay trailers, E3 stuff. As soon as I saw real gameplay I knew I was going to be hooked for years on this game.
Trailers, promises, and faith in Devs mean nothing until I can see that they’re delivering. I don’t have to actually play it, but I do need to see it in order to believe in it.
Did that help you understand my side at all?