Well, technically the game was "finished" about 9 years ago, at least they released it back in 2001.
They kept re-releasing it as "Enhanced Newcomer" and now "Ultimate Newcomer" to accommodate the new hardware for the C64 that was released later.
Nevertheless, the game is incredibly impressive for the system and I highly recommend checking it out! The fact that they still update it for recently developed hardware addons, really shows their dedication (as if 10-20 years of development didn't do that already).
Info from 2001: http://noname.c64.org/csdb/release/?id=3431
I'm really tempted to dig up my old 2001 copy of the game and play it again