Not long ago it looked like there would be a renaissance of space games, but now I'm having serious doubts about the quality of any of them-
X:Rebirth was a massive disappointment in almost every possible way, especially as a fan of the previous games.
Elite looks very promising in some areas but they are so obviously rushing it out a year or more too early. They have less than a dozen ships in the beta (and to my knowledge not many more coming in the full release) and no mission content aside from "go here kill this" and "take this over there". I have no doubt that they will continue to work on the game after the release but what if they decide that now that the game is "done", new updates will be part of the already-planned paid expansions and dlc. I'm disappointed that there will be no offline, mostly because I wanted to have the opportunity to mod/hack/cheat. Also travel time is too long, especially if you're trying to be a trader where there isn't much excitement at the end of the journey.
I don't even know what star citizen is anymore, it's impossible to see past the wall of hype/delusion/money that has formed around that game. Every fan of that game seems to make their own assumptions about what that game is and how it will work, and with like 5 youtube series and countless dev blogs and letters from Roberts coming out of the developers its impossible to find out what has actually been said about the game let alone how likely it is that such and such will actually be in the final product or be fun. The ships look beautiful but it still seems like a bill of goods carefully crafted to get as many people as possible to give them money.
The only one I haven't gone sour on is No Man's Sky, but there's so little information its hard to form an opinion other than "that trailer video looked awesome". Limit theory never had me excited for whatever reason, seems to lack character overall. None of these games are beyond redemption (well maybe excluding Rebirth) but I'm definitely not as excited as a year ago.
I really just want a better, prettier, version of X3, but maybe the market won't bear that. I just hope that these games don't disappoint too many people or else we'll just be back where we were a few years ago with the genre all but dead.