Fair Weather Studios' announced its first planned DLC for Ancient Frontier about a month ago, and has updated us on its status today via a Steam announcement.
According to the developers, "the artwork is coming along well and [they] are excited about the new options this will open up to players", but the work is taking longer than planned. As a result, the DLC release date has been pushed back to early January.
The DLC adds fifteen different crew members, complete with unique artwork per faction. Crew abilities include boosting weapons' accuracy or damage, hull repair during battles, increased dodge chance, and more. New members are awarded via some story and optional missions or bought from the store with in-game money.
Lastly but not least, the new DLC is free, "as a thank you to the community for all of your support" according to developer Fairweather Studios. You can check out Ancient Frontier here.