The new beta was shipped out literally thirty minutes ago so I decided to give it a about fifteen minutes before bed to see the new features. I'll be giving a more detailed report soon but right now here's what I like and dislike.
New design. It feels very right aesthetically.
New day cycle/weather.
Design screen. I preferred the old one simply because I could see what my ship would look like without having to take it into a game. The blue and white blueprint design would work if I was allowed to switch between it.
No ability to paint. Yep! I'm no longer able to print my ships up all pretty like.
Light used too much. Fires and such are alright, but I don't enjoy being blinded by the suspendium chambers.
Heraldry possibly OP: I have yet to test this out thoroughly, but it seems like you can now get four bonuses from your heraldry.
Overall this new beta isn't that bad. Unfortunately though there seem to be some glaring issues, such as the new design screen and the over-bright suspendium chambers. Other than that I enjoy the new art style and the new heraldry decorations. Good job Zarkonnen!
Thanks for the rapid feedback. Some responses: