Yea I think this whole early access thing is getting out of control. $100 to help them test their alpha? And check out what they wrote (this is from Steam btw)
“Join us in shaping the future of Galactic Civilizations III. We believe that gathering as much feedback as we can from our players to be the only way to make a truly exceptional game, and we are grateful for your help. We’re extremely pleased with where we are on the path that leads to Galactic Civilizations’ 2015 release, but the game is in an early alpha state. Please be aware that the game isn’t actually, well, fun yet. Major systems are unfinished and content is severely limited (please visit the community forums for the latest caveat list); we plan to be in Early Access up until release.
The Founder's Elite edition of this Early Access will only last for a short time and is geared towards those who truly want to help us make a great game. Later this year we will discontinue the Founder's Elite offer and replace it with standard Galactic Civilizations III Early Access ($49.99).”
Huh? We want you to help us make a great game, but we'll take that $100 first lol. Oh yea, and if you don't pay up now we will give you half off to help us out later lol.
This is nuts! I'm almost thinking perhaps it is an early April Fool's joke lol.