Every officer on any of your ships can now be personalized, and yes, they are a big part of the performance of your ship! Each one has a skill tree that can boost various systems on your ship, or provide active and passive bonuses in combat. You will also be able to name your ship, beyond the Class name and Hull Variant. It will show up on your ship registry for your allies and opponents to see.
SpaceWars is a relatively complicated game, with various commands and systems to manage, even if you only control one ship. A custom tutorial each for Sol and Genari are now up, introducing the player to basic movement, camera controls, combat, and repair. It is also dictated by professional voice actors, keeping it interesting as you learn how to play the game before entering the Galaxy map and meeting live players.