@fisk0: You'd have to take a very close look at kick starters terms. I would wager that in fact no, it still does not constitute a promise.
I've used kickstarter and what I say to anyone else is, don't. If you insist on doing so then you really do have to just say bye bye to whatever money you put in. There's literally no other way to approach it.
Speaking for myself I'm all for offline games and I still insist on buying most of my software on disk because I like to have something physical for my money. So I can fully understand some people being miffed at the final decision to drop offline.
As I said though it's two different issues here, kickstarter and fdev. I'm not at all anti-consumer but if you're aiming all your ire at fdev then you're going after the wrong target.
I've actually been thinking that what the industry needs is for developers to get together at something like GDC and talk about do's and don't with crowd funding. frontier have definitely made a poor job on occasion but also there have been times when the customer base have been almost willfuly ignorant of the development process and I can't help but feel that there must be a better way of conducting these things.