Pytheas is a galactic exploration, vehicle based, construction game. It has been in development since December 2010. A fleet from Earth's Exploratory Force has gone missing; you are sent to find it. After finding the aptly named ship, Pytheas, you could return to earth, report the find, and let a collection of search and rescue efforts do the rest. However, realizing that is boring, you decide to scour the nearby star systems with your brand new, eerily empty inter-stellar mammoth. Pytheas gives players the tools to execute thier ideas without the limitations of a game engine designed with a different purpose in mind. Barriers that limit how you can play are removed to allow for more freedom.
Combat in Pytheas will have much more depth than the old point, click, and drain shields and health. Different shield types, weapon physics and the ability to manage the systems on your ship will give you a wide array of choices to overcome your enemy's strengths.
The GUI elements are still rough placeholders but they show the general idea of control and balance.