I thought about a kickstarter for Demigod 2, etc, and even suggested it to Brad. That's probably the one way it would happen at this point. But while we see all this cool stuff on kickstarter, tell me how you'd feel if EA started doing kickstarters for its games. I think its somewhat taboo for any non indy dev (double fine apparently the magical exception?) to launch using kick starter. That said, SD, while its quite successful, is not EA. I'd be thrilled to see many more games from competent studios get green lighted because of kickstarters.
Honestly though... as gamers, I think we all just want to see X game happen. Would folks pay for a kickstarter of a new home world? yes. Alpha centari? yes. Demigod 2 (well I would ). Yes. I really wish a company like sd would jump on the kick starter bandwagon. I mean, think about it - let's say SD was not looking to fund Gal civ 3 right now. Maybe they have it in the pipe for 3 years down the road. Well, they could kick start the project, come up with what folks will get for X dollars, and completely fund the game. I mean seriously - gal civ 3. It's a no brainer for a customer funded game. Worst case scenario for SD is that folks actually get on board and they a) hire more staff to handle it or b ) go silly arse and work yourselves to death to get whatever you are working + gal civ 3 done. I do not imagine the world telling SD to go fug itself for launching a kick starter campaign.. and I bet Brad, with about 5 minutes of prep time, could give folks a preview of what he wants to do with gal civ 3 to post as a vid on a kickstarter site.
Rant about to end - anyway, here's an idea. Folks LOVED the gal civ games. Gal civ 3 would be super exciting. Telling me I need to shell out $50 for a game to come out in a year and a half vs 4 years down the road is a no brainer. And I'd thank you for taking my money and making the game.