No not really, you are flying the ship as you would with a simulator. You have all the trading side of things and the fighting if that’s what you want to do, but exploration is also a big part with the entire Milky Way mapped out, there are billions of planets and only a very small area of civilization. As you move away from the core worlds you’ll meet less and less people and you’ll never be able to see everything even if you played for the rest of your life! Eve may be big, but you still get forced into bottlenecks and there are players everywhere. In Elite if you go far enough out you’ll find planets no one has ever visited and possible never will again. I think there are plans for multiplayer ships, but no more than two or three players though. The economic model sounds like it is intended to be very deep and there are three factions at play too.