From the campaign:
mistermumbles: That ~$20k goal makes me wonder why they need to bother with KS at all at that point. It all seems a bit pointless to me then. Just saying.
We’ve come to Kickstarter to put the game in your hands and make it the best it can be. We know how important feedback is and Jotun’s alpha and beta backers transformed the game into something special. We need you to tell us what we can do better. It's about polish, feedback and using Kickstarter funds to make Sundered the best it can be.
Here is a sampling of things we want to improve with your help:
Overall balancing and pacing
Special nodes for the Skill Tree
Different ideas for Perks
What exactly defines the core gameplay experience and how we can improve it
This also explains why anyone backing at the $15 or higher tier will get an automatic invite to Sundered's Beta. Yes, we want your feedback, but we also need the money for development time to implement that feedback. The July release date reflects this extended timeline.
One could argue of course that all this could be accomplished with a public beta as well. But I feel one probably gets better feedback from those who are more invested in the game. Not just financially, but by showing their interest by backing.
I'm providing feedback and content for three games I've backed at the moment, and will likely do the same with this game too.