I always wondered if WASD controls could be incorporated into DW. Apparently StarDrive will have manual control of ships (if you choose to play it that way) so you can control one ship as if playing an arcade game.
Now we know that one of suggested ways to play DW is to play as a captain of a ship and leave everyhting else on automatic.
Imagine if you are playing DW as a captain of a ship (so leaving eveything on automatic) and you build yourself one powerful ship and then go around galaxy working as a mercenary, pirate or trader. So instead of just clicking with a mouse on your enemy we actually take a control of ths ship with WASD and use specific keyboard buttons to fire lasers, missiles, ion cannons, rail guns, etc.
For me at least, this would be fun way to play DW and explore huge DW galaxy.
Maybe with Shadows expansion this 'captain of one ship' gameplay could be expanded more. Lets say we play a space-only race. So you control one ship and you meet an empire. So now when negotiating with them they offer you contracts. They can range from destroying enemy's flagship, gas mining base, resort base, trader ships, etc to assassinating admirals, etc.
So make that 'captain of one ship' gameplay a little bit more like X-terran conflict/Elite type of gameplay, while in background we have all the other empires doing their own thing and fighting each other.