Very nice. Having more fancy colors in space does make the whole thing a more dynamic, too. XD I notice that the turrets feel a bit more present now, the difference between some shots randomly veering off target and all of them flying where the gun points is really noticable... I think.
Looking forward to the Early Access, though I kind of don't want it to contain any campaign stuff yet - that stuff is better enjoyed when finished in my opinion. Perhaps some standalone scenarios, but you never said anything about the plans for early access, so that might not be a concern in the first place.