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They won't be touching any balancing issues until all the content is in the game, or at least any that affect it too much.You are probably better of going to the developers forums and posting your questions there/reading the forum. As the dev team posts actively.
And just to push the point they were still patching sword of the stars 1 series while working on Lords of Winter so I wouldn't expect this game to be abandoned.
The forum is: http://www.kerberos-productions.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=37