For what it's worth please take your time with this software. Whatever it does become. I just wanted to offer some kind words to you all. I'm no programmer, or astronomer. Not even too heavy into video games. I don't know anything about Halo, or Star Wars, or Star Trek. I'm only casually interested in space.
It seems like people are coming to this and expecting some grand marketing and content strategy similar to EA or Microsoft. With feature-complete shiny new bells and whistles every few months constantly searching for new ways to get people hooked and playing as much as possible. Instead of a home-grown embryo of creativity and possibility that spawned from the devotion of a single person more than a decade ago. Videogame, software, simulation, engine. The simple fact of the matter is that we have purchased a virtual experience. A literal analog of the entire universe in the most realistic and faithful possible sense. If that's not something worth thirty dollars to you, so be it. That's perfectly fine. I feel you there. But art does not owe me or you any laurels, and creators are not blood-bound to satisfy every last demand from every last person.
Sometimes things are made with very specific economic or concrete goals in mind. Like addressing a problem, or lack of a solution. Sometimes people create things just for the joy of creating things, or they create without fully realizing why they're creating when they began. And sometimes yet, the purpose and intention of a work belongs to the creators, and the creators alone. All art will always have the right to simply exist; always. Regardless of whether or not it fulfils an objective purpose. Economic demand or not. The right to exist, to be expressed and- if things go well- maybe even to thrive.
SpaceEngine is a fascinating view of reality. It's been amazing. Thank you all so much.