I bought and backed this game 2 years ago, when it was in fledgling alpha state. My first Early-release, too.
I was an active part of the community at the time, doing screenshots and showing off ships, complementing eachothers' ships, writing guides, giving feedback to the developers.
6 months later I grew tired of the slow updating (as well as the game) so I stopped playing it as actively as I once was. 3 months after that I stopped completely.
I patiently waited for new updates that came once per 3-4 months at a time sometimes, and briefly brought myself to speed with how things were.
Then they began to rush the release. I could tell because they suddenly sped up the alpha states faster than the content actually generated. From .022 to a .#, and then to simply d.#, like they were trying to rename the process to give the illusion of progress. Then the release came. I, like many other backers, was immensly disapointed with the game.
While real progress was made in these 2 years, the progress could have easily fit into one year.
Don't get me wrong, the shipbuilder is GREAT. Or, at least last time I checked.
But then you're in space. It can get really laggy, and there isn't much to do. I don't mind having all the lore of the universe in your head, but developers promised economy systems, intricate faction mechanics, ect. Nothing is intricate.
Even if this was still in alpha I would give a shaky reccomendation at best. Progress was slow, but continuing.
But this 'release' gives me the feeling that this game is rather a let-down.
Sorry, but I'm disappointed.