The downside is the fans who stuck it out will feel screwed over a bit, (I'm one of those fans) , but I think most of us would be ok with that , given the circumstances
Given what circumstances? That they didn't listen when we said the game wasn't ready? Day one supporters shouldn't have to endure the most, sorry.
I'm not going to stop buying stardock games, and I will cut Stardock a slack to finish this one. But I will make no other concession, I have many reasons not to.
Allow me to pose this question...would you rather they had not released the game, and waited 3 months while they work on it? Or, pay and have the game now and at least be able to play it while they work on it and release patches...?
I preordered, so it shouldn't matter, aside from the fact that I'm disappointed with what they call "release-ready"; I just hope that won't stop them from treating the game as a beta with lots of mechanics that need complete redesign.
But the problem isn't there. Those who have paid for the game should get a proper product, not this broken set of unfinished engines piled up upon each other. Those people could have done something else with that money, could have saved valuable time doing something else, and shouldn't be asked to have blind faith in Stardock just because we "guarantee that they'll fix the game".
In the end, this sort of behavior isn't much better than putting those DRMs that have been highly criticized right here on these forums and this website.