Firaxis is a corporation with access to hundreds of millions of dollars via their partnership with 2K Games, yet Harebrained Schemes managed to make Shadowrun Returns and later Battletech with combat that is very comparable to XCom and Xcom 2. Both HBS games were Kickstarted. Celeste is another kickstarted project, mechanically it is superior to any 2D platformer released by the big boys in the last decade. I can keep going if you'd like, nothing about being a kickstarted project guarantees that you'll be inferior to the big boys. Both Morrowind and the Witcher were made for less than SotA, so you can't blame the lack of funding either. Port has received over 12 million in crowd funding plus who knows how much from partnerships and licensing deals. Aside from the markee AAA titles, that is still a handsome budget. In the hands of a competent independent studio like Larian, can you imagine the amazing titles they could turn out with a $12 million warchest?