I am so excited for this game!!! I haven't played a lot of Rebellion, but the things I loved the most about it was the perfect balanced of the speed of RTS with the slowness of 4X. While I find most RTS games too emphasized on like APM or being as efficient as possible, and 4X games being way too long and slow, this game lets me have those delicious giant space battles I want from RTS while letting me think with my slower brain like 4X. I can send in a big fleet to defend a planet under attack, and while that fight is still going on I can build and send an entire backup fleet to extend the beautiful fight.
The concerns about the art style (like planet lighting, not having a dark side of planets or having city lights is sad to me, and overall brighter style that reminds me of Planetary Annihilation (a game I also really like but never played much due to having other RTS games I'd rather play) which isn't bad at all, but it is kind of jarring in comparison to Rebellion.
Mod support (ingame mod browser!!!!!) is something I am most excited for personally, as well as of course modernized engine and such for even more beautiful space battles.
One thing I and other people I try introducing Rebellion to get hung up on is the UI. It really can be very confusing and overwhelming at first, and even now I still struggle to know what I'm looking at or what I'm doing when things get very fastpaced and hectic.
Overall I'm beyond hype for this game, preordered and cannot wait to see it grow and evolve with time. And don't let the haters sway you. There's nothing wrong with 1 year Ipic exclusivity. You get the money to make your game succeed, plus IIRC a bigger cut from people buying it, among other benefits. And those who feel betrayed by y'all need to know that nobody on the team ever made any promises on what platform to put the game on. If you really want the game and want to support the devs, the best way to do that is with preorders and by buying it on the platform that earns them the biggest cut. And while I doubt this game is coming to itch.io, Epic is a great deal bigger of a cut than Steam! It's a free launcher too! What's the problem!! Just know nobody is "forced" to wait a year to play the game.
Thank you for making this game and being involved with the community Stardock/Ironclad. It means a lot!!!