The game is much improved since it's 2016 release. No doubt it is much more fully featured and there is plenty to do and work towards. However, the fundamental playing of the game - the survival mechanics and extremely narrow early game story - hasn't moved anywhere closer to an engaging experience.
It's hard to chill out in the vacuum of space when I need to worry about more much carbon and ferrite dust in my inventory and I need to juggle 3 other resources in my limited bag space.
The game feels more polished than ever, so that's what's kept me returning with each new update. My hope is that they create a toned down normal mode for those of us who just want to fly around in space and engage in the fairly robust systems they implemented in the game.