Just got the news :) Well, it means the game will be on Steam. Now only a small tiny little task is left - to finish the game :)
In around 11 days the crowdfunding ends. Regardless of the outcome I plan to release an Early Access version just after it ends (the $25 backer's tier). Then I will collect feedback from the players and possibly redesign/adjust the game based on these (without changing the core of course). As I see it now, I will most likely focus more on the political side of running the Empire (personnel management, court factions) since that's what people asked me about the most so far (I'm pleasantly surprised since it's also the part I like myself).
Anyway, the Early Access in a few days then testing then final/official release around end of this year (2015). Planned to be sold via the website (HumbleWidget), Steam, HumbleStore and GOG.