The current development of FtD is a custom campaign editor which will allow all players to create their own worlds, physics settings, create the terrain and land masses (featuring very deep seas and very high mountains), create their own factions from scratch and set the world up with towns and fleets and fortifications. The addition of custom campaigns will also see the default campaign getting an overhaul as well. A "beta branch" will be created for those players currently playing a campaign who want to finish it.
I'm really very excited about this change as I know many people in the community have already started creating several factions and I can't wait to play some community made campaigns which will cater for players of all skill levels and players who want to play using technology and ships of different styles and eras.
The custom campaign patch will also come with multithreaded terrain generation which reduces the stutters as you move around in game and terrain segements are loaded in.
Patch notes for 1.590 series
Here are the patch notes for the 1.590 series, which actually came out about a month ago.
New 'Tactical' level f