Seems no-one is playing this. Most threads are a couple or more years old and more recent ones only concern issues installing.
I've just had my first proper session this morning - about 50 minute's worth. I did really enjoy the combat bits, using Touch for (semi-)control but the menu system I found clunky and very unintuitive - whilst appearing to be made to be intuitive.
Having to repeatedly swap between HOTAS and Touch to achieve simple actions was a PITA, as was trying to assign controls. If I made a mistake, I was unable to correct it or simply unassign, by following the displayed control actions. It either did nothing or jumped back a couple of menus, instead of simply unassigning that particular control.
I'm sure space combat with my HOTAS set up how I would like it would be really great - but once I had finished assigning I was unable to find any way to get a game. It either put me in a lobby, to wait for other players (who never turned up) or kept fobbing me off - such as the daily challenge I opted for - "The next challenge will be available in 20 hours" wtf??
I was told I had only completed about 20% of the training. Great - let's get on with the rest. Only how? I couldn't find it at all and had to guess what to select. That was the same with assignments - some of them are simply guessing what the action does, because there is no description to tell you.
So it looks like it's back to the 'net, or YouTube yet again, to find out how to play a game. Thanks
I will do it, though, because I'm sure that once I've got the menus and controls sorted, it will be a very enjoyable game to play. For short periods, at least (you know - until it gets repetitive and tedious, as all space combat games eventually do).