Pre-Order Bonus: In order to help get extra funds to speed development along, Chucklefish set up one of the most elaborate digital examples of one to date. Apart from Kickstarter-esque stretch goals (two of which were reached within a week), the more expensive preorder packages came with different perks:
Pixel Tier ($15): The game on release, a beta invite, and the soundtrack.
Silver Tier ($20): Same as Pixel, plus a forum badge.
Gold Tier ($45): Same as Silver, plus the donor's name appears in the NPC name pool.
Diamond Tier ($75): Same as Gold, plus the donor's name appears in the game credits.
Platinum Tier ($500): Same as Diamond, plus the ability to design a hat to be included to the game. (No longer available as all 30 have been sold out)
Solarium Tier ($1000): Same as Diamond, plus to ability to help design a gun to be included in the game.
Impervium Tier ($2000): Same as Diamond, plus the donor gets immortalized as an in-game statue for players to build.
Schedule Slip: The game was originally scheduled for a summer 2013, but missed the deadline. The development team has now given a rough estimate as to the release date of their game for "when it's done". Thankfully, those who pre-ordered are guaranteed beta access by the end of the year. The beta release was announced for December 4th.
What Could Have Been: It was originally planned for each character to use space stations as their main base, however that idea had given way to a single, personal spaceship for each player that has all they need in terms of advanced space travel and advanced item crafting.
Trolling Creator: The devs are prone to trolling the fanbase, such as showcasing the fake Glitch AI (a busty woman with a horse's head) which was later replaced with a wizard Glitch. The horse head was later used for the Novakid AI, minus the woman's body.
Troper Critical Mass: The game was highly anticipated across the entire net, thanks to word of mouth and many preorder promotions. The result? The Main page broke the 100 trope count a week after the beta was released.