For me, It works like this: If its good, great news! we'll be able to expand even more on the Freespace universe. If its bad, Then **** it, its not real, wasnt made, never happened, blah blah blah, I cant hear you. Basically Jd's idea.
I've played some of Smarts games, like BM gold, and I liked it for the most part, so maybe he can pull it off. As long as he doesnt do the one thing that really puts me off about his games: Make it so freaking complicated that after the first month or so I completely give up on understanding (and playing) it.