I think Comet summed it up well. Nobody disputes that the game is significantly behind schedule but then the scope of the game has massively, massively increased. The procedural tech they showed off recently is way beyond what was originally promised. I can understand why people are frustrated but at the end of the day what matters to me is the end game, not how long it takes. Go back and look at that original video then look at what is already playable and it's amazing.
That said, I very much doubt CIG will ship S42 this year and I've been disappointed with the pace of development for the PU. By the end of this year we'll know the true picture of development.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."