For those of you who are on Team "Summer expansion = POS expansion! Go!", CCP Seagull has posted a reply to Two step's thread on the topic. And it is the kindest, gentlest, nicest "no" that I've read so far in 2013. Go give it a read, but here's the money quote referencing the modular POS prototype:
The result was design work and a prototype, where the prototype and art requirements were centered on stuff that was very cool for the person creating the starbase. ... Because there were too many open questions around the functionality outside the features for starbase creation, we could not responsibly green light the design to go into production for the summer expansion.Translation? "The design was for a fantastic toy -- really cool stuff! -- but when we asked 'Yes, but what does it do?' the team couldn't give us a good answer."
Dear Heaven, do I like this lady. Where was she before the Incarna expansion?
Anyway, she also says that we're not going to know more about the theme chosen for summer until late in February. Meanwhile, Trebor Daehdoow has let slip that CCP and the CSM are hashing out what that theme might be and what features might be included even as I type this. In a very real sense, CSM7's term started a little over two weeks ago...