...are you sure
that the release date will still be tomorrow?
The new pirate forces should make expanding much more difficult than sending a light raiding force down to a planet and arriving with a small fleet in orbit.
Also, about the Tech Trees: will the AI actively
pursue research upgrades, or will they allow their forces to remain outdated? It gets a bit old smashing Coruscant's defenses with a handful of fully upgraded capital ships, fighters, etc, fighting against the enemy's Imperial-Is and TIE Fighters.