... random question: will there be a rediculously unstable build for me to test... i would be able to provide feed back (plus you guys are having too much fun doing something as tedious as game development)
Unfortunately not. We're not at a point that we can share anything just yet.
We all need to realize that when Denki said "Remember that mahoosive technology tree timeline flowchart we did?", that meant that the developers were planning on building that entire timeline into the next version of Autonauts and that they are going to need a mahoosive amount of time to do so. (https://www.easyzoom.com/imageaccess/e695d99b885246ac8c048550694bac93). Now that it is November 2018, I no longer expect them to be able to complete the development of the next version during this year, as they suggested back in November 2017. I will not be surprised if we are still waiting in November 2019.