That's what they said whenever people pointed out that Topaz or perlcc wasn't done: it was a work in progress, lots of people were working hard on it, it was "nearly done" for five years, etc.
Years later, perlcc barely compiles a hello, world, and Topaz is abandoned. Perl 6 will die a slow death, too... that's my prediction, based on past experiences with the Perl community's overhyped promises....
How many people ever worked on Topaz? How many on perlcc? 180, like they have on Pugs, yes? And they clocked up nearly 12,000 commits, right? They managed that within 1.5 years, for an average rate of over 100 commits per day (which is skewed by the initial rate and thus obscures the fact that the rate has accelerated over time, without ever showing any sign of slowdown)?
Tell me that three years from now, a project that will by then have a conservatively estimated 250 contributors and 40,000 commits will be abandoned. Go on. Prove me wrong.