I agree, I have found a lot of work is still being done, the rate that was happening has decreased from what were use too, but none the less, steady and fruitful progress is still being made, the changelog on each BETA clearly shows that quality work is still being done, and new features are being put in.
I think the Legends expansion was a very complex one, and is taking a lot of time dealing with some of the new features, and like been said, the developers are introducing a new underlying system which is a great system the game has needed for some time (designs), but it won't be easy
In fact I recall the developer of "Space Empires 5" (Aaron Hall) also introduced a similar system in his project, yet he knew he would never get it right because of time constraints, so instead he designed the system to be heavily modded, and put the burden over to the community, which worked very well thanks to the "Balancing Mod".
The developers are taking distant worlds into difficult areas, and this new area that the developers are taking distant worlds is no doubt very taxing on there skills, and careful design decisions and programming is needed, which takes time.
"quality can't be rushed" (Sword of the Stars 2 anyone) LOL
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