Anybody read the book or see the movie Endor's Game. The simulated war games, the twist was that it turned out to be the reality.
When this game is released, Chris Robert's is going to roll back the the curtains and blow our minds and change humanity forever.
All the delays and funding... well here's the reason:
-thought those ships for sale were pixels, nope.. they built them for real
-thought those were rendered worlds and solar systems... nope, they explored them
Backers are going to be first in line to visit and colonize new worlds.
Sorry for the leak.