Direct pre-orders for Maia means there's "no immediate need" for a cash injection, so he can take his time. Roth is expanding his team to handle the influx of testers.
The new staff member for the Maia project will be handling "community tech-support, and bug tracking." This means Roth can stay focused on coding and optimisation of Maia.
"I'm setting the date for an early access Steam launch as December 3rd. It's still quite far away, but we don't want to rush into it. With the direct pre-orders having scored us £12000 or so, we have a little more leeway and have no immediate need for a big cash injection," read the Kickstarter update.
"There's a lot of work to go in before we release the alpha to the masses. Although getting everyone of you Steam keys is very important to me, having anywhere from ten to a hundred thousand new testers overnight would be a bit much to handle." Maia also has an initial alpha build for OSX, so there's finally a "worthwhile use for Macintosh computers!"
Check out the full Maia Kickstarter update for more information.