I've been on this game for a long while, and I've absolutely adored it. The game has gotten consistently better and whenever I come back to playing it there's always a good time to be found. The first hangar/UI rework was great, I loved the interface. I had absolutely no problems with it. Things were simple to navigate, changes were easy to make, and I very rarely encountered a bug.
So why it was COMPLETELY changed and made to feel far less user friendly, far more convoluted, and far less modern is beyond me. I'm normally open to such changes and give myself time to adapt, but this is beyond being unused to the new system. It takes far longer to get where I want to go, doing anything takes way more clicks, and it just looks bad. The old look fit in with the game's sci-fi setting and aesthetic, but now for some reason I feel like I'm looking at a UI designed in the 80s.
On top of that is a mountain of bugs, wherein my ships have reverted to no loadout, I can't set my resolution above 1360, and I am unable to use modules that I've researched on previous ships. I don't know if that was an intentional decision but trust me, not a single person on this game wats to fly a T5 ship for thirty games in stock loadout with NO customization options from T4 just to get their FIRST module.
And the sound. I haven't played much, but the sounds are either heinous, bugged, or both. My Tac cruiser MGs switch randomly between the old and new sounds, my Vindicta guns feel so much less fun because the sound is so choppy, and anything else is just so quiet that I can barely hear it or so BLARINGLY LOUD that I have to turn my volume down. Why, oh WHY, do my afterburners sound like a motorcycle? It's a spaceship. Not a Harley. Before the sounds weren't award-winning but they got the job done and they sounded consistent. Now I feel like I'm hearing three different games being played because everything just sounds so out of place.
Overall, I'm extremely disappointed with these changes. I, and most other players, had no grievances with the old UI or sounds. I no longer enjoy playing the game because the sounds are so jarring and navigating the UI do do anything of note takes ages. I know that the sounds are bugged, hopefully they fit better when they're fixed (except for afterburners, that is just awful). But I sincerely hope that a backstep to the old UI isn't off the table, because I've seen no aspect of the new one that improves the experience in any way.
I know I probably sound really harsh, but this is a game that I've loved playing and have sunk some money into for the sole reason that I want to see it succeed, and having it turned to such a hot mess for no apparent reason is unfortunate to say the least. I hope the issues get resolved soon, and even though I don't understand you in this, I still love you, devs <3