Actually, it went live this past Tuesday.
I played beta, pre-order and release. I'm enjoying it a great deal. It is a mmorpg, but not as strict in multiplayer as the first generation games.
You can solo, group, fleet action. You have space based and ground based combat. You migrate through levels, ships at rank change points. You are charged with equipping and improving your ship.
You gain bridge officers as you advance. You equip, train and promote them as you advance. On ground missions, they are your away team supporting you. If you are in a multiplayer group, the size adjusts depending on the mission.
So far, it appears to be quite deep and complex...something that should appeal to the hard core VGAP player. End game is not complete. If you have played a new release MMORPG before, you understand that the game never comes out complete and the end game is the least realized.
I do not presume to be an expert on the game, Ive been playing for about three weeks and just now getting to have a grasp on most systems. Please feel free to leave any questions and Ill reply to the best of my knowledge.
been there, done that...