Dear Focus Home Interactive Team,
first of all thank you so much for giving all of us the opportunity to beta-test the BFG Armada 2. I have greatly enjoyed BFG Armada, it has been by far my favorite Warhammer 40k and "naval" tactics game and I am very excited about Armada 2, especially the greater fleet variety.
Therefore, while I understand you are primarily looking for technical feedback, I thought I would also share with you some first impressions and thoughts on the game: The combat completely lives up to my expectations with more variety and complexity and larger battles: Great job, thank you!
What I am missing however (and that may be solely because those particular features are not included in the beta yet) is the fleet management /squad building elements outside of battle. Despite not having narrated campaigns for most of the factions, it was great fun in BFG Armada 1 to progress a fleet from a few small ships to a large Armada over increasingly large skirmishes and through level-up choices and especially the favors tailor individual ships to specific roles. I also really miss the Space Port screen where you can look at the individual ships from your fleet close-up and see the modifications that e.g. favors make. I am hopeful that this game mode will still be implemented, if not in the release version, then maybe in a future DLC.
Thanks again and keep up the great work.
EDIT (06.12.2018 14:00 CET): I see there is quite a lot of debate on this issue in the Steam discussions (e.g. https://steamcommunity.com/app/573100/discussions/0/1743353798880799566/?tscn=1544085498#c174335379888183899 , https://steamcommunity.com/app/573100/discussions/0/1743353798882162757/ ) with some people saying they considered the fleet management "a grind". Therefore I just wanted to emphasize that this does not need to be an either/or matter - it would be possible to add a progressive skirmish mode in addition to the current one.