Ah yeah I forgot about that, especially since I wasn't a backer. That being said we still don't know if this is going to be a Kicstarter anyway.
I'm certain it likely will.
This, like MN9, are "dream" projects. Inafune knows there's a crows willing to pay for the game, but not if there's exactly enough of a demand to make it something he can invest money in safely and make it back. he isnt dumb, It's part of the reason the Legends 3 prototype was what it was. to gauge interest.
and considering this is Legends all over again, i wouldnt be surprised if he did exactly the same thing as with MN9. kickstarter and open dev forum. (which I hope doesnt happen personally- the MN9 forum was just terrible and went to [parasitic bomb] really fast)
the backer stuff shouldn't even be the main attraction. Alas...
Backers aren't gonna pay 200 dollarydoos for nothing but a copy of the game, thats why the backer rewards exist at all. to incentivize paying more.
and some people paid out the nose for some of those rewards, like Inafune's signature, a plush toy and all that other stuff.
but then, Comcept makes a publisher deal with Deep Silver to make a physical version, (something that was never available for backers) with a preorder edition that consists of rewards equivalent to the higher backer tiers, for only 30 bucks, (yet not available to backers at all) completely devaluing those backers who paid high amounts.