I backed it on Kickstarter, forgot about it for a long time, then downloaded and tried it in one of the Gamma versions.
First impression was the docking tutorial. Now, I played the original Elite, and way back then, docking was the cause of the vast, vast majority of deaths.
It appears that they have made it much more difficult now. You don’t just have to fly into the rotating hole, you have to ask for docking permission (fine, but the tutorial told me I had to do it without telling me how to access communications…), then you fly through the hole, then you actually have to land on a random pad–and do so in a fairly finicky matter.
Eventually, I managed it, moved on to basic combat, and found that at least part of my problem was that the mouse/keyboard control scheme just didn’t work well for me. Possibly because I’m using a trackball, maybe there were some settings I could tweak or something, but at that point I was just frustrated. I’ve since ordered a joystick (I’ve been wanting to pick up X-Wing/TIE Fighter from GOG), but haven’t had a chance to try it out since.