Sorry I've been quiet on the boards lately. I'm focusing REALLY heavily on this optimization and stability patch for you all, but I'm making good progress.
It's sounding like the last update I put out has really boosted peoples' performance and reduced crashes significantly, which is great. Also the people who were saying they couldn't run the game at all have been emailing me telling me that it all works now, which is brilliant.
But now I'm working on getting those nasty load times down to a bare minimum. The first stage of that is a heap of analysis to work out what, specifically, is causing them. After tonight's analysis session I have some pretty conclusive data on that and I'm going to be powering through to use that information and come up with various fixes to speed up loading times drastically.
A big thank you, by the way, for the patience you've been having and the nice comments being left sending your support! I hope that my hard work pays off for you all and it brings you more enjoyment in the game! I'll do my best to swing by the boards in a properly thorough fashion very soon :)