Heroic Games has announced that it is ending its Ship of Heroes KickStarter campaign in response to community feedback. Casey McGeever wrote that, while community support was there in general, that many were not ready to back a KickStarter project in Ship of Heroes' current state. Even with the cancellation, development will continue with "guided alpha" experiences by the end of 2017 and a soft launch targeted for late 2018.
The wider community needs to see more of the game, and to have a chance to really embrace the larger setting and tremendous growth potential of Ship of Heroes. Every month that we continue to develop and reveal more elements of the game expands our base of supporters. We just need to continue our steady progress with gameplay and story expansion.
Currently developers believe they need about 18 months before they can soft-launch a streamlined version of Ship of Heroes in late 2018. Participants for the Alpha and Beta tests will be drawn from friends of the game, especially those who pledged to the Kickstarter.
You can keep tabs on the game's development going forward on the Ship of Heroes official site.