They absolutely already have, they just sell you the game in what ever state it is when they choose the ship date then continue working to complete it...or they don't! The biggest difference is that their stretch goals are sold as season passes!
Vectron, I noticed this as well. The system is still processing a ton of conversions in the background and will be for several more days. We'll have to see what impact that has on the search feature. More soon!