The no true quest markers/compass issue is even worse when you consider that making a save, and coming back next weekend to finish the game, strands you with zero relevant information in a situation where you have no idea where to go anymore. It's how I completely missed the entire ice world until I was level 16 as I got stuck with the mushrooms and simply wandered on (and who hides an entire map area without any clear hint anyway?).
And yep, the SteamSpy article is likely going to cause some awakening with developers. Kickstarter success does not translate to sequel sales. Apparently