I went ahead and got this game, yes I heard all the problems. It has some 20-21 patches to date. That is nice to see the work being done. The problemis the game cannot be saved.
I have not had crashes that others seem to have gotten. Still it runs so very slow as many screen take seconds to load. Even going to the main menu is quite long. It is not very intutive and I played SoTs.
The real killer for me is it is not fun. Many things are far too labor intensive. Fleets recall to base after every mission, so you have to wait till they return to reassign them. This is a real drag early while trying to scout the map.
It is hard for me to keep the universe in focus. You are constantly zooming in and out. Ships have to be in a fleet ala Moo3 and have to have an admiral.
The combat is still cool, but my limited exposure was it takes more time for battles. This is not awful, but can get annoying.
Just not ready for prime time and I do not see how they can get it to run faster. I did not mention that about a dozen announced features are yet to appear in the game, some 6 months later.