You're asking about a sequel to a game you haven't played?
The problem with UE's story is that it was designed to incorporate as many features as possible. Not on a selective basis, but rather anything that occured to us and seemed like it might be fun was immediately written into the story. Some of that just means the game was a bit chaotic and overloaded with half-used features (e.g., asteroid fighters, jamming, etc.) - that we can live with. In fact, that kind of thing is usually a good starting point for a sequel. But then, there are also features that simply do not fit in with the rest of the universe, and spoil the story - things like the Border Worlds equipping their fighters with a rapid-fire capship-killing gun, and other such stuff.
As for Standoff, the patch is just basic maintenance stuff - there's still a few bug reports that we haven't taken care of. Besides that, we've also (still! Pierre, where are you?
) got some unfinished simulator missions - that is to say, they haven't been re-worked to work with the online scoreboard.