I like your attitude, but needs a dash more soonerratherthanlater-thusiasm. (Although, i do understand that its not always the choice of an employee to pick the next project)
But one thing i will state right here (the interwebs) and right now, When pricing, components, research trees, and component/research types are externalized (and hopefully a scriptable economy pricing based on supply/demand so the mod maker can tweak to his liking), I will buy your game, and so will everyone I know or I will kill them.
I will also buy the sequel if the above conditions are met.
Also to ice the cake ill spam-vertize you across unconventional online massive communication (4chan etc.)
Keep up the good work guys this game has serious potential, I'd like to see its chastity belt taken off.