And it's released, and top seller on Steam:
Played it all night last night and it's basically RTS Civ5 in Space with a touch of light RPG. Wonderful music and atmosphere + fun early game at least.
Coolest feature so far is probably that it looks like you can never colonize all planets with you main species, so you either need to capture/enslave aliens, Genetically engineer your species or develop robots that can live everywhere and eat energy instead of food...
Seems they managed to cover almost all Sci-Fi tropes