Just came back here to say: great news!!
Drox Operative is my favourite games after Depths of Peril ( first love !).
I really want to see better graphics, models and animations. A key point for DO2 success (IMHO) is design elements on screen: everything should be easily recognisable, so take another step for your games and put more effort (community can help too) in this.
A part from this, I don't like too much arcade games anymore, so auto-aim could be an option, for me always on!
Drox Operative key point is to play as lone wolf in a 4x space game: maybe you can work to enhance this and help community build mods around popular franchises (star trek, star wars etc, battlestart galactica.. ).