The new version has weather, and the next will contain in-game maps just like the real ones!
Real-time empire building and conquest; 10 cultures, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses and more, just try this game, many players are still playing in multiplayer for free on game ranger with www.7kmultiplayer.com.
You _must_ preorder the game to play Alpha version. Downloads are available here: http://fractalsoftworks.com/2011/04/29/starfarer-alpha-released/
This is the first time when i play a game like this and i like it; plain and simple nice flow of missions and of course nice story :)
Wow, the screenshots don't do it justice, it looks awesome in motion. Also, very fun! varied, mind melting gameplay (grappling around while sticking on to platdorms while not knowing which way is up really induces an immersive sense of vertigo)
Can't wait to see further progress!