@grantheaslip: I can understand your perspective as an uninformed outsider, but I just think you're wrong in the extent of your statements. You don't seem to understand just how much they have kept backers aware of how the project is going, and to suggest "mismanagement" with such limited information is irresponsible. I can appreciate your concerns for how Kickstarter projects are managed, and it's true that it isn't as established and clear as it should be. It has improved even since when this specific Kickstarter occurred. So, while there do need to be even more efforts to manage expectations on what projects like this are like, I believe Double Fine has given great effort to keep people as aware of their progress as possible and manage expectations. For those with access to their forums and regular updates, I believe they have been given more than enough information to understand this decision.
I know you mean well with your concerns, and I agree that some backers will have had different expectations. But I believe Double Fine has done as much as possible for people to understand this and not be too surprised by it. They have given a continually honest and open impression of the process, and I appreciate their efforts to do what's necessary to make the best final game for those who have supported them.