Everything That particular SA thread has posted so far is pretty much on the money. SoTS should be, as games go, terrible. And it doesn't help that the games creators, despite being fairly nice people on their forums, are pretty much convinced their game is utterly without fault. That said, I, at least, find this game incredibly awesome despite how horrid it kinda is. There isn't too much strategic depth, and the UI is utterly stupid, along with the shoddy manual (I found out I could order my ships into a roll by accident last week. I have owned the game for a year and a half now,) but for some people, myself, and apparently Trashman, included, this game strikes all the right chords and is actually quite a bit of fun, especially with friends. Not to mention nothing else really scratches that Orion itch the same way as SoTS.
As for the new trailer, cool, despite the music, but I'm also worried. Given Kerberos' track record with optimizations, I worry that the second one will be utterly unplayable on most machines, with graphics like that. But, whatever, I'm still gonna get it.
(Also Trash, If I'm right, and you're the same Trashman that did the Phoenix mod, were there ever any plans for balancing that race? I suck with humans but I can annihilate everyone militarily with ease, and it kinda ruins the fun of the higher difficulties. Which is a shame, as I love the designs.)