Ok, I've seen a lot of close up ship battles. I'm sure that these real time AI battles are a key aspect and will justify if a 4x in real time can actually work.
So this leads that one way to win the game is, with war.
How do you see victory through diplomacy? Can we win by other means? What can they be?
Yes the beta is real close so I suppose we'll find out, but as it is closer I have a feeling to raise my expectations. Or lower them, whichever way it turns out before the beta is released.