We've written about Endless Space before. The team utilized a unique way of getting players involved with the game and to invest in development. Those tho showed interest in the game got points tha could be used in community votes to make decisions on the game. The most interested fans were also able to chat with the devs themselves in order help bring the game together.
Well, Endless Space now has a playable alpha when you preorder as well as a release date. The alpha is already going on and here's a peek in the video above if you don't have access yet. The game will be released on August 24, 2012 and Iceberg Interactive will publish.