“I've also heard that combat is actually already finished, but they can't release it until other things are implemented (R&D for example). I doubt it's true, but I'm just throwing it out there.”
Indeed it is not true.
“If I remember correctly, they are hoping to have R&D done either before or completed at the developers meeting. Shouldn't be too long after that ;)”
I'm afraid not. At the meeting we need to nut out how R&D will function as a feature i.e. what you will need to have (materials, credits, npcs, kittens, et al.), where you will need to be and who you will need to be. The hard work (the equations) are already done - this is just the "trivial" bit.
so go play doom 3 instead ^,..,^
but don't say SWC sucks.
Italian policeman 2: You wish to report a murder.
Frank: Attempted murder.
Italian policeman 2: That's not so serious.
Frank: Not when you downgrade it from murder. But when you upgrade it from room service, it's quite serious.