NSKN are publishing my next game :)
Omega Centauri Published in 2014
Sadly not! That was the first thing that I asked about the game when I first heard the title as well. I did so love Ascendancy, although I admit that micromanaging the planets became tedious later in the game. Great tech tree though.
Correct, check out this thread for a short overview of the game:
Assuming the computer game was a 4x game there will be elements in this game that are familiar. Of course a 4x game in board game format is rather different than one on a PC - the management things a PC does well needs to be abstracted in a board game or it would be tedious in the extreme, not to mention fiddly!