Anyway, Endless Space is tiding me over just fine and they released a big patch for it yesterday too.
LoP doesn't seem quite as bad as SoTS2 was on release so they can probably get to a 'decent' state with a few patches.
And for the record, I really don't like GalCiv 2 that much. The ship design feature is huge chunk of time wasting when they could have done better graphics and just let you add modules like ES. It works out EXACTLY the same because everything else is cosmetic. The battles are a yawn fest, and no, I don't play space 4x games just for the empire building.