The issue with not releasing it wasn’t about fairness it had more to do with releasing a pre-alpha game to alpha backers who expected a game to be in alpha. Inovae has struggled with PR and vapourware allegations for a decade at this point. Releasing something that is clearly not even close to alpha levels of content and usability is a bad move which is why the decision was made to delay the alpha release.
Due to their small team and issues with losing team members they are behind the schedule they planned for pre-kickstarter. You’re absolutely right though, alpha should have been out some time ago but it just wasn’t ready. For better or for worse Inovae is committed to deploying quality and being perfectionists…one could definitely argue that they push too hard for that at the cost of posts and disgruntled backers like yourselves.
That said, I have to agree with Naiba. I can’t comment on a date but the most recent patch was waaaaaay more than I was expecting to come from this. I haven’t logged on yet but from the screenshots and videos it almost looks like a game that could be considered alpha.