Friends, after the sad state of affairs one suffered at the hands of Sword of the Stars 2, like many I shed bitter tears. Where was the next big 4X space empire builder going to come from?! Yes yes, there's Sins, and yes yes, we can always go back to the old greats...
...but then I happened upon this beauty. And the appetite was whetted. So, let's hope with the industry experience the devs have collectively under their belt that this ushers in the next big thing for the 4X subset. It's well worth checking out the forums for the rich backstory and discussion on gameplay facets and implementation. The voting system works well for things like ship designs, and so far the devs have been as good with community interaction as an indie outfit like Mode 7 Games (Frozen Synapse). It all bodes well.
I'll use this thread, much like my other threads in the past - Wargame: European Escalation, RUSE etc. - to update with news and info.