This week is a bit of a shorter week due to the holiday of Thanksgiving here in the states but that doesn't mean that progress is stopping at all.
Alpha V2.3 has now been uploaded to steam. This patch focuses on major content changes adding various aspects to the events that you find in space. Since the Sentient is an exploration game some of the fun is actually seeing the events play out and the choices you make that can result in life or death decisions so a lot of the details are excluded from the notes. The latest change list notes have been uploaded and can be found here. The notes are fairly short this week to avoid giving away too much however the total content has more than tripled in the sheer amount of choices and decisions you can now make. Some of the previous events have also been upgraded to the new style. Other previous events will continue to be upgraded over time.
One faction that has not been discussed in trailers or info on the game is the pirate faction. These pirates have now been implemented and scattered randomly throughout the game from the beginning of the game to the end making it more difficult the further from Earth you go.
In the beginning of the game you can't communicate with alien races until you research galactic communications so being able to communicate and work with or against others from the beginning felt necessary. Pirates have their own motivations and goals to accomplish however they are a bit more straight forward in how they will react since you can communicate with them immediately.