This is not correct.
This is an ambiguous sentence.
It may either mean that it’s planned to have the iteration of gameplay at the end of the year or the release of alpha at the end of the year. Not clear which one it is.
I would not be happy if it’s the later. Just a month to iterate over gameplay? The most important part of the game? I hope not.
Sadly this is the case.
I-Novae tried to give dates in the past and have failed to match them many times.
I-Novae has pointed out multiple times that the dates from the KS and Indigogo are not correct anymore and that they can’t change them due to those platforms not allowing such change.
Still they keep us up to date on the progress. It’s an incredibly small team mind you. With only two people working fulltime and another two others parttime. (I think, changes may have happened)
You are of course free to demand a refund if this aspect of development is very important to you. If you can’t trust them anymore due to them not providing accurate enough dates, this is your choice.
I-Novae has chosen to extend development in order to make Infinity Battlescape a success. I think Infinity Battlescape is worth the wait and I am quite sure that the delais aren’t a sign that the end product will be of lesser value or quality. In the contrary. They hinted that they, maybe even due to choosing to approach the project this way, are not running out of money.
I am not an representative of I-Novae, just a fan and supporter. Usually Keith answers such queries from backers and others interested. He’s currently busy with private afairs (The Birth of his first child). Maybe @inovaeflavien can take a few minutes to answer you concern. He may even be able to provide you with a date or clear up above ambiguous statement.
You can also reach them trough their official e-mail adress: firstname.lastname@example.org