Wow, I was fairly certain this game was dead from the way they were talking about it 6 months ago. Bad Steam reviews, lack of time/rsrcs to work on things, wanting to remove the tile grid entirely in GalCiv4, etc. This is unexpected and pleasantly surprising.
I'm not going to bother weighing in on anything else this early on b/c I don't see any point, but since Frogboy specifically mentioned Multiplayer in his post (again, I'm shocked, but in a good way!), I'll just repeat... *yet again*... My request for a very minor feature that would mean a ton to my Multiplayer group: Ability to let AI players be RANDOM RACES when starting a Multiplayer game. Single-player has always been able to do this. Every other even remotely similar game supports this in MP, from launch. It should take an hour to implement imo, yet nothing's been done in over 2 years despite repeated requests and a promising dev response... sigh.