The character Syd is played in the FMV clips by British television presenter Ben Shephard, early in his career.
The Software Refinery released a small utility called "Hardluck" that toggles a 'Misc' tab on the main launch menu. There's several options available from this tab; For example you can browse for and play the videos from the game cd's("Spoiler Warning!"), enable some useful and fun Debug Keys, or create a text Log File for each game played which details all activity in the world
The demo (while timed and limited to the Alpha crater) has a unique scenario
The last track on CD 2 (US releases only include the full length tracks - see Sam Damage's trivia entry below) is a recording of a group of the game's creators singing along to the final cutscene
Some of the AI Pilots are named after the hacker aliases from the film Hackers(1995) starring Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie - Acid Burn, Crash Override, Zero Cool, Lord Nikon - as well as a host of original(and very amusing) ones
Some US releases included a Fragile Allegiance CD(full version - just cd in slip case) inside the box
The soundtrack of the game includes titles released by the record company Warp. Both CDs have five full length tracks and eleven short tracks. Here are the names and artists of the full length tracks:
You can actually purchase buildings in each of the craters by locating the real estate agent's location. You can also call for a taxi, buy new "moths" (the crafts you fly), get new weapons and equipment, smuggle (illegal substances of course), be a vigilante (track down/kill wanted moth drivers for police) by visiting the police HQ and get the wanted list, salvage dropped merchandise (if you have a retriever drone), borrow money from loan shark(s), pay fines (to clear your record with the police), trade with various enclaves and shops, hire on as mercenary for one of the factions in the game, upgrade your computer systems in the moth by finding a software house, and much more...
The radio station in this game, HardWarp FM, is based on Warp Records, an independent electronic music label who did provide the tracks.
The packaging artwork was created by the ultra-trendy English design house called The Designers Republic.