Look... I see this a lot: they promised this, they promised that... But they are, by and large, keeping their promises. It's just that it's later than expected. It's THAT that I would call "sweating the small stuff". Every-one, at least every adult with some maturity who EVER worked on a project, knows that any timetable for any project can slip, and thus can get delays. That should be obvious. At least, for me it is obvious that it should be obvious. So I really have difficulties understanding this sort of thinking.
I'm not saying this to aggravate anyone or "troll them into a response", I really mean what I say.
Look, this is how *I* went about it:
I was a backer on the kickstarter as well, an "early wyrm" even. For me windows was good enough, I saw what they said about it, looked at the pre-views of how the game would look, and based on that, I already had a pretty good idea of what/how it would be - and know it would differ from the old games considerably. This, apparently in contrast with some people constantly complaining here on the forum. Why? Didn't they look? Couldn't get the gist of it? Back then I had no more data/info to my disposal than they did, yet for some reason, they missed all of it and then complain it was different from the earlier games - which should have been clear from the start. Rosy colored glasses that made them overlook what was actually shown? Interpreting things in how they *wished* the game would be? I don't know, but if I could see it, they had the possibility as well.. so who's fault is it, then, that they are "unpleasantly surprised"? If they had opened their eyes from the start and looked at it rationally, they wouldn't have felt "duped" (as some said it literally).
As for the timetable slipping: that's indeed sweating the small stuff, at least for me. Once I backed it, I wasn't all bend on the time, and I already knew from the start any timetable could slip and thus the date of release could be postponed. How come some are not aware that that is ALWAYS - and fairly often, even, with games - a possibility? Why getting worked up about it? Is one on his last breaths on his deathbed, and fear one can't play it anymore if it's over time with a few months? Whether one can play it today, or tomorrow, or next month, or next year: does that really matter? When I backed it for the windows version, I didn't care about that: why should you? As long as you get a fun game, whether it's this year or the next? I'm not even sure if they kept their "promised" time-slot for the windows version, and whether they said "it will take 4 years to make" or something. But whether they did or didn't, that was never the point. If they had waited another whole year before releasing it, I wouldn't even have noticed, let alone be all in arms about it. I didn't care one bit: I backed it, they would deliver some day, that's all that really matters. If you're all hung up about *when* exactly they released it "on time" or not, one is already in a mindset that I feel misses the point of backing an indie (game of a) company.
Now that said, I don't mind you saying or complaining about it neither, even if I don't understand the mindset that causes this reaction - as long as it's done in a polite and civilized way. I'm not calling THAT "whining", let's make that clear (once again). But let's be honest: a lot of posts made by - often the same - people, are not only repeating the same things ad nauseam, but are also rather arrogant and self-centered, rude and uncivilized, especially towards Inxile and the people who work there (or moderate the fora). It's THAT that I'm calling out. If people don't feel addressed by this, the better. Certainly not everyone is that way, and even not everyone who makes a remark about some issue should feel addressed. Heck, even I made a remark about a crash I once had, but I resolved it amicably with the devs, send them DXdiagnose and other stuff they asked, and we had a polite interchange. As it should be.
It's just the spoiled-brat syndrome that I'm riling against. Am I being unreasonable in asking to remain polite, ALSO towards Inxile? Some feel like they're entitled in whatever way they see fit to respond, but the same people apparently also complain to the moderators then about my posts, because they do feel addressed. Go figure. Apparently, it's a one-way direction, where they can be rude, but they feel butthurt when someone else makes a comment they feel is negative about their own posts. I have a word for that sort of people, but I promised the mods to tone it down a bit because those guys receive complaints of the more whiny-inclined here, and the mods have a difficult balance act to do, so I won't say it out loud.
Also, about wasted money: if you have not yet actually played it for a certain amount (on Steam it's 2hours, I believe), most platforms offer you a way to redeem/reclaim your money. In that case, it shouldn't be a problem for you, thus.