It's not suprising this topic keeps repeating itself. The lack of anything new on these forums, particularly from the devs, gives the distinct impression this game is literally years away from completion, with the suspicion it'll never actually happen. More that the devs are cutting their teeth and practicing their skills at a hobby-level while hoping to gain paid employment with a dev-house.
To put that in context, Traction Wars have actual videos out and yet have now said they're eighteen months to two years away from completion. Add in the inevitable slew of delays and the reality will be three to four years. So where does that put FE, with not a video yet in sight? Five years? Six? And are we being realistic if we assume any of these unpaid devs will lead unchanged lives for those next five to six years such that they'll remain involved with FE?
Either get the funding sorted such that it'll nail the devs to the game or stop believing FE will ever see the light of day.
"The power of accurate observation is called cynicism by those who do not have it."