Yeah, so I decided to finally invest in this game as I had been meaning to for many months now. So far they have the dogfighting and space racing parts out at the moment. Later this year they will be doing the FPS-like component and a 70 mission solo campaign. They have a lot more going on after that this year.
I believe the full release is next year but I could be wrong. I am hoping they will have an alpha version of the whole universe (which will include planet-side exploration, claiming territory, shooting, and adding new abilities to your character as well as your ship) before the end of this year. After that we will see how the beta goes.
I have high hopes for this game. It seems to be what I always wanted EVE Online to be. It is also shaping up to be a nice cross between PvE generated content and persistent open world player generated content.
“If the history of the 20th Century proved anything, it proved that however bad things were, human ingenuity could usually find a way to make them worse.” - Theodore Dalrymple