While it is really annoying it also is kinda admiring. There is nothing wrong with taking forever on a game but they just have the luxury that basically no other game has and that is a seemingly endless flow of money before it's even released. Though it really does make me wonder what's gonna happen after release. It's gonna be a huge game and will need some manpower to maintain it and I'm correctly assuming that the producers are already way too used by the constant money flow. While I don't think they'll go as far as gambling I do expect quite aggressive monetization.
dont they already sell ships for ridiculous amounts of money?
Tbh I think the vast majority of people buying ships is due to their desire to fund the game. I bought it during the kickstarter and haven't spent a dime afterwards. Really no reason to buy them.