Couldn't disagree more.
The game is up for sale at the Matrix site, so I'm assuming the NDA is no longer in effect.
If you said that this looks like a modern SMAC, you win a cookie. The problem I have with it is that it copies SMAC too slavishly, right down to the names of units, the factions, and just about everything else. Other than the graphics, SMAC does everything better. Everything shows a lack of imagination, imo, from the victory conditions, to the faction descriptions. The only way this game differs, as others mentioned, is a wider variety of flora and fauna. Dialogue is goofy, and the A.I. is questionable. In several games an AI faction would declare war when first encountered for no discernable reason, and then sit on it's hands.
I don't want to say this is a bad game, because it's not, in spite of a couple of bugs that may or may not have been squashed (beta testers received their final build last Sunday, so I don't know how much has been done to fix the release version). It's just bland, generic, and, as long as you can still play SMAC on a modern system, unnecessary.