I haven’t bought the game yet. So I can’t comment much on this feature. But this is one of the main reasons of why I haven’t bought it. This is the reasons why I haven’t really got into many similiar games. The time aspect of simulation games like this is often quite absurd. And based on your compent this game is no exception.
It would be really nice to get some developer feedback on this (though I’m sure they are really busy right now). I don’t know much about how moddable the game will be/is. If it’s only possible to add new models and asthetics or if it’s possible to modify the game mechanics/scripts as well? Because if so I might just pick up the game for the sake of modding perhaps..