Joebenz - Thanks for asking the question. Our collective consciousness shifts back and forth, between seperation and unification, every 13,000 years. 500 years ago, we started to shift back into the collective unification experience, and the physical evidence of that was the Renaissance - the world was round again, 3-d perpsective came back into art, etc. I've talked about this several times on the Akashic Records thread. We entered a 1,000 yr thick wave of energy 500 years ago which is shifting our consciousness, and the center of that experience is 2012.
The announcement is likely to come out before 2012, and likely soon this year, to help people more consciously understand what is happening on the planet, and what is happening to our consciousness. So this announcement has more to do with helping human consciousness, at our own request - 2012 just happens to be the midpoint of the current shift we're in.
So long story short, yes it's all inter-related.