Nope, they lied. Everyone "lies" about release dates (i.e., they are always more optimistic than reality), but this is beyond that level by now. This was supposedly to be released by late 2014. Not "smaller things", but the game. The game. The game.
MA Andromeda never asked money 6 years in advance from fans.
MA Andromeda never promised a late 2014 release date.
MA Andromeda never did the ridiculous amount of marketing that SC did. Actually, they barely did any marketing at all (what, 3, 4 short youtube clips?).
MA Andromeda will likely actually be released by the promised date or, if not, 6 months later (like ME3).
MA Andromeda will likely be a good game.
Last, if not least, if you really want to play Star Citizen, I fully recommend playing this version of it: