I've only just found out about this game today, which is a shame since it's no only a few days from the end of its Kickstarter campaign and sounds like a serious candidate to the succession of Wing Commander/X wing games.http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/732317316/starlight-inceptiontm
To copy and paste the kickstarter page "Starlight Inception is the rebellious stepchild of Wing Commander, X-wing and Freespace2, taking a fresh approach to the classic space combat genre."
It's a mission based game with full controller support, cockpit views, system management etc. In addition to classic missions, some involve a tower defense like concept where in addition to dogfighting, you also get to place defense around your mother ship to repel attacks on it (if I understood rightly). It also has a competitive multiplayer mode (deathmatch, CTF, defend the mothership).
Its leader is a 3D modeler that worked for Lucas Arts on some great games such as Jedi Knight, he was in this studio during its golden age that I often miss, so I thought I'd chip in and support it. In a recent update, it was also stated that concepts artists that have Star Wars and other great space combat franchise on their CV have joined the team. It looks like a solid project that deserve the help, but with only 5 days to go and not yet half of the target reach, it will need all the attention and publicity it can get now if it is to happen.
If you are a fan of the genre and frequently cry on the lack of new games, you probably want to check this one and give it a change to happen!
PS: as a discovered this game, I also found another one on kickstarter that I decided to support: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitilus/skyjacker
. It instead is a sandbox game with a space pirates theme, multiplayer coop etc, worth checking too, a lot of content is already visible, and it looks good! They have a good website too: http://www.skyjackergame.com/spaceships/