or as intricate as the sci-fi lore built over the course of the Mass Effect trilogy
Tbh I did.
Honestly, from the creators of the Elder Scrolls world, I did expect an intricate lore and complex story.
Of course it's set not that far in the future, so humanity won't have evolved or changed so much, and aliens aren't there, so the part of exploration that goes beyond mining the resources of the next 999 planets doesn't have that much of a chance.
So many planets with different habitats, but all filled only with wildlife and resources.
A mining simulator mainly? Meh.
Exploration probably means something different to everyone. I expected more science, more philosophy, more reason behind it. Driven by curiosity, not business.
This looks like the space exploration purely based on "we have exploited our home planet already, but we're humans, alone in the universe, so we do have infinite resources, let's go and exploit all those now too!"
Maybe that's how it will actually happen if NASA, ESA etc and scientific research and development doesn't get funded anymore and only people like Musk and Bezos build spaceships and fund "exploration".