Interestingly, though, Chris Roberts and company say that drilling down deep into the ship mechanics is optional. "If you're itching to get out there and fight or explore or trade, grab a factory model, add the few parts that you absolutely need, and head for the stars," the update explains.
If you do decide to do a bit of research and customization alongside your flying and fighting, Cloud Imperium says that you'll end up with a singular ship of dreams. "When you build a ship, we want you to feel like that ship is yours; that it's not just a carbon copy of every other Aurora or Freelancer that you encounter," the company says. "You will have a sense of pride when you pilot your craft, knowing that while there may be many like it, this one is your own, unique in the universe."