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Annual Title
When a show's title incorporates the year it was released — more or less. Forward-dating shows by using next year is somewhat common, especially if the release is late in the year. Back-dating is less heard of, since it implies the show is falling behind the times; usually annual titles get incremented in case production slips behind schedule.

Affixing a contemporary year to the title of a familiar story often implies a Setting Update, though not necessarily.

Fans will often do this with Similarly Named Works and Recycled Titles. Since those are Retronyms rather than official, they may or may not have their place here.

Compare Title by Number and Trope 2000.

Examples:

Comic Books

Film

Live-Action TV

Music
  • The song "Freedom '90" by George Michael, named this way to differentiate it from the (otherwise completely unrelated) song "Freedom" which he made in 1984.
  • Beatles '65 was Capitol Records' U.S. release culled mainly from the Parlorphone album %usic/Beatles For Sale.
  • Rob Thomas has Real World 09 to seperate it from his MB 20 song with the same name.
  • The song 1969 from The Stooges' Self-Titled Album The Stooges (1969) and 1970 from the same band's follow-up album Fun House (1970).
  • The Daniel Johnston album 1990 was released in that very year.

Tabletop Games
  • Magic The Gathering core sets are all named after their year (forward-dated), a trend that began with 2009's Magic: The Gathering 2010 Core Set, or Magic 2010 for short.

Theatre
  • The Trope Maker in musical theatre was the Ziegfeld Follies, whose first edition was titled Follies of 1907. It set the standard for titling musical revues to the extent that many revues which never would created a series used annual titles, and most series of revues were referred to with annual titles whether they used them or not. Initially it produced new editions every year, but it and all its imitators stopped coming out yearly by the late 1920s.

Video Games
  • Time Pilot '84
  • Galaga '88, also known as Galaga '90 on its American Turbo-Grafx 16 release and as Galaga '91 on the Game Gear.
  • Bomberman '93 & '94
  • Hector '87
  • Final Fight was originally meant to be Street Fighter '89, but Capcom settled for the new title because it played nothing like Street Fighter.
  • Madden NFL. Every year, it comes out with the next year's year in the title.
    • And the FIFA Soccer/NHL Hockey games. The Madden bit was parodied by one webcomic by having the changes for a sequel consist of updating the number... and that's it.
  • Colin McRae Rally 04 was actually released in September 2003.
  • The King of Fighters did this every year from The King of Fighters '94 to The King of Fighters 2003. Since the next game was not released in 2004, the main series stopped using this, though it didn't stop King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2 from being retitled The King of Fighters 2006 in the U.S.
  • Most 2K Sports games, with 2Kn as an abbreviation for (2000 + n). They are usually released in the preceding year, though. This was started by Sega Sports, the company's predecessor.
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon is a variant; the year it was released was a Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac.

Miscellaneous
  • Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000. Microsoft Office, too (95, 97, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010).

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