Same here. Got a weird crash during deployment where it thought my cruiser was a dreadnought with no equipment, then it just CTD. Then it updated, and I’m getting the same error as you guys. i do own Democracy 3, but it wasn’t installed at the time. I’ve verified game cache, uninstalled/reinstalled, and even installed Democracy 3 (which ran just fine).
I took a look around in the steam files for GSB2, and there was hardly anything in there. I’m guessing it should be quite similar to GSB1, but after looking around there was only text files and configs and such. Not a single .dds file or anything.
I don’t know much about GSB2’s file structure and whatnot, but if I’m correct in assuming that it is very similar to GSB1 then it seems like there is a lot missing. I also looked in the GSB2 folder in documents, and there were .dds images there - of my custom ships. And they were only images of normal maps and bump maps, not of any basic hulls or modules.