Obsidian wants Pillars of Eternity to sell copies (as many as possible really), and part of that is getting exposure from the press.
The problem with showing stuff to backers first is that it creates an unfair situation where press who are backers get to see content before press who are not. If press are under an embargo to post articles or reviews, this creates an unfair situation where non-press backers can post about stuff they've already seen, but press backers can't and non-backer press haven't even had access to it yet.
This makes both sides of the press snarky and creates a hostile situation and doesn't necessarily generate the pageviews that the press want or the right amount of coverage that the developers want.
Thankfully Double Fine have already encountered this issue with Broken Age, and now everyone else is aware of the sticky situation you can get into doing this.
I know it sucks that you as a $500+ backer have to wait while press journos who didn't back get to see the game before you do, but ultimately it's in the game and company's best interest. I'd rather PE sells really well and they get a nice phat budget for expansions / sequels than getting to see the game asap.
But yeah I didn't create this thread to debate this matter, it's already been done to death in the other thread.
Gonna be clickin' that refresh button tomorrow morning.
Edited by Sensuki, 10 June 2014 - 11:02 PM.