These are really bad news. I was worried before, now I am upset too. I do not know if some kind of egyptian curse is over this genre, but I was waiting for a similar game to Homeworld / Homeworld2 since 2003. The first was launched in 1999 and, until now no decent similar game has been launched.
Summarizing this wait:
All games prior to Homeworld remastered collection were in no real 3D. Oh poor casual gamers that do not know how to move bricks accross 3D space. I suppose that all new gamers are living in a paper sheet. "Lets make our game more accesible", bullshit.
Homeworld remastered is launched and... oh... they choose the "easy" route, porting HW to the, more modern, but less powerful HW2's engine. Creating a aceptable HW2 experience, but a incomplete and disappointing HW experience.
We convince Gearbox to implement formations, and... oh, here comes the curse again, a nasty bug arises, the dreaded 666 bug, in wich only the leader shoots when in formation, rendering these useless, and seems that no fix is planned. The game seems abandoned now.
We have Deep Space Settlement too, that was promissing, but litigation begin between the main developer and the graphical artist. I bet this game never will see the day light, no progress so far, and no news at all.
And we have now Shallow Space in which I had all my hope, and seems that it will be not possible deliver this that has been announced.
Simplification again, I am bored of this word when it come to games. In these days either all movement is 2D, or the ships are bricks in space, without any detail / animations, or any mix of this and so on.
I am bored of the Nth installment of Call Of Duty, or a clone of this. I remember back the good old days when there was variety in games. Now all is FPS, that seem the same with different skins and over simplification.
If I would want simplification, I would go to the section of babies at Toys R Us to get my games, damn it.
That a shame.
Good luck with the new direction, but I think that this game is not for me anymore. We will see, but I do not have much hope.