Yes, it looked as if there was an alpha version, although it's unclear whether any of the alpha volunteers actually dared to use the program.
I think IGard tested it, and a couple of other people; there were only a couple of issues, and IGard reported them to he and she.
You know sports fans, she may have temporarily stepped away because why do all that work ONLY to re-code everything when Distant Worlds: Universe comes out.
I know IGard was sort of frustrated along the same lines as well...
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