It may seem like that, but A17 took 1.5 years and A20 was about 1.4 years.
Thoughts of going gold with various dates have happened many times before. No one knows when that will happen.
A21 gets closer every day.
No bandits in A21, as Steve and I are the ones working on bandits from the programming side, and we are working on bugs and other improvements until A21 is stable.