I'm currently almost three hours into a game with one Hybrid AI..
Two AI planets adjacent to my empire have 10 Hybrid Hives, and a third has 20 or so.
I've kind of reached a bit of a stalemate, as I send my fleet through (All grade I, as I've been teching up on defences, as I've also got the Neinzul Preservationists coming through, playing merry hell with my production), and the fleet makes it about half way to the Command Station before being wiped.
Now, if this is the intended behaviour, and the Hybrid Plots are intended as a fairly significant leap in difficulty, I don't have an issue, and can suck it up, and see if I can grind em down. If not, then Hybrid Hives need their spawnrate significantly nerfed.
Other than that, I'm absolutely loving the new toys we get to play with, and the new sticks the AI gets to beat us
Oh.. Something just came to mind.. The new Guard Posts, while fantastic, and oodles of fun.. Are they intended to not have Tachyon Beams, like the old ones did?
Keith, Chris, keep up the good work, fellas!