That’s been my concern about this game as well. As the money keeps rolling in, the scope of the game broadens out of control. Have you read their scope for the FPS module? They want to make breathing be an actual factor. Three different positions for carrying/moving with your weapon and it takes time to transition between modes.
I’m not sure what ship to recommend at this point. I would almost say spend the 30-35 bucks to buy the basic package in order to get the game, Arena Commander (dogfighting module), and the most basic ship just to see if you like it. Then worry if you want to pledge more money for other ships.
The ships are rather overpriced right now and that’s in order to raise capital for the game. I don’t think you will be able to buy ships with real cash once the game launches, but it should be relatively easier to buy them with in-game credits.