I have no idea where this game has come from, but after seeing it pop up on a few sites over the weekend I decided to pre-order and play the Alpha on steam.
In it's alpha state it is already more polished than most titles on release, a few minor bugs show up here and there, but nothing that cant be fixed with a quick save and reload. Aside from that it looks to be one of the most promising 4x space games for a long while, and the alpha is incredibly playable already, check it out if you like MOO2 and the like.
I've played a bit of this and it's quite fun. Won by science victory in a 8 player against 7 AI.
Cravers are extremely fun to play when you're just rushing through systems snatching up what you can trying to take out anyone before they get too big. Once I took out a couple of AI I consolidated my research into Expansion / Exploration tree and built up a large fleet. Had systems on auto-manage and watched them be Terraformed one after another while it was also removing negative perks from the planets.