Though still awaiting development, combat will come in two forms:
Turn based crew combat
Turn based ship combat
Crew combat will see you utilise your crew as a ground force. Working together using each member's unique skills and strengths, you can overcome any obstacle, allowing your crew to gain experience and even more deadly abilities!
Ship combat will see you position your crew members in their most strategic locations on the ship. However it's up to you to make up the difference. One moment you might needed on guns, the next in engineering. It's up to you to dictate how these fights go.