For me, this is not a surprise but a logical step towards the final version. The only other big thing that leads this development of the game to the final is the physics of water and life under it. After that, the only thing left for the developers is to fine-tune the game and fix bugs. In my estimation, if they do so, next year at this time we will get the finished product. After that, it remains up to them how they will attract new customers and players of this game. Exactly what Hello Games has been doing for years with No Man’s Sky, the only game Empyrion can compare to.