I agree that $8,500+ is expensive for a game. There is no doubt about it, but to say it won't ship is insulting to those with skin in the game (including the US/Canadian distributors).
FWIW, I received a friendly reminder to make my last Achiever payment. The communication from Barry and Melissa (Cointaker) was great. The email implied that production is starting very soon, hence the request for final payment. They even followed up after receiving my final payment.
I'm sure a NSNL is coming soon but I'm positive they are busy working on getting the game ready to go.
Please ignore these naysayers. I can't wait to see everyone's unboxing photos.