Looks very cool! I like the 3rd person / broadside view for larger ships a lot!
I liked the first game a lot but every time I played I felt like the difficulty ramped up too fast and I'd hit a point where it wasn't fun anymore and I felt the need to spend way too long grinding to get better. Hopefully that won't happen this time around.
In a game like this I feel like the game should occasionally drop buffs on you if you're not progressing. "I see you've haven't ranked up in a while, here is a promotion." Or something like that, maybe have random encounters that are very generous, big fat xp boosts with little difficulty involved. If you're progressing and having no problems you don't ever hit these but if you're like me and keep getting in trouble the game will give you a little nudge.
I'm looking at you DARK SOULS! I don't expect to be given credit for beating the game "as intended" or whatever but I despise games that I stop playing because they stopped being fun because of difficulty. Even if you have to turn on god mode for me to progress and you don't save ANY progress, it's all a one sitting thing, that would be fine.
Sometimes i just want to see all the content in the game and I don't care about the mechanics / difficulty, just let me move one and see it.