I don't see why you'd call it a game killer because of too much micro-managing..
There will probably even be an automation setting for it, given how this entire game is based around that idea. If you can automate fleet forming and spy action & recruiting, I'm sure you will be able to automate crew hiring and crew actions too (having the AI decide what fleet to put an admiral in would hardly be more complicated than other automation settings).
Furthermore, it is hardly micro-management anyway.. Hiring a guy and putting him in a fleet is not micro-managing, it is normal-managing.. Right in there between macro and micro.
Micro is when you fiddle with every tiny movement and attack order, using special abilities every second/minute.
Using ONE ability (do the characters here even have abilities you can use in combat?), is normal gameplay in a strategy game, not especially micro intensive.
And as for simply choosing and placing characters in fleets or colonies.. That's nothing new, in terms of macro/micro gameplay mechanics.
You place colonies, you click on a planet and click "build colony".
You place bases, you click on a planet or resource and click "order nearest constructor to build a base".
You click on a ship/planet and click "assign Joe Bloke".
Same thing, in terms of mouse clicking, different names.
If it is considered micro because we most likely will have to pay attention to what stats/skills a character has, again it is nothing different from the current gameplay..
We have to look at what stats / resources a planet has when deciding wether or not to colonize.
I'm not being sarcastic, it truly is the same blend of macro/micro. It is just your own view of it that makes it negative because you dont like the character aspect.
I'm assuming you hate games like Europa Universalis 3 too because it has characters that make a difference?
I'd suggest you to give it more of a chance, and you could find previously unseen levels of depth to the games that has good character systems.
And if it really is an issue with micro-managing that you have, give it a try anyway. Give it a shot. You might not hate it as much as your preconcieved notions tell you.
< Message edited by Baleur -- 9/30/2011 7:44:33 PM >