One important point still needs to be addressed as far as this aspect of the campaign. It can be addressed as late as the actual Kickstarter page going up, but the question will be raised now:
If this team is set to produce the game, regardless of the Kickstarter's performance, then what is the point of raising money outside of gauging interest? The Kickstarter platform is one that exists for the purpose of crowdfunding, and if the title project already has the funds to make it happen then where is the additional money going? If there isn't a solid plan for how to use money raised on Kickstarter and it's ultimately just a survey with a paywall, then that doesn't reflect well on this team (no matter what the pedigree). I've actually encountered one person who already considers the project an outright failure as a result of the first presentation being a concept rather than a concrete game description and the team planning a Kickstarter when they have the money to move forward.
Trust me, I'm stoked about this project. I just think the team owes it to its fans to make them feel as secure as they can in their investment. Too, I'd hate for fellow contributors to feel embarrassed by critics who may have a point. They're backing something great, and I think they should be pleased to contribute.