Alright, so I got to feel special for like a couple of weeks before Palladium let the cat of the bag in regards to their RIFTS licensing deal.
...I just have to say that this is pretty much the best thing ever. I love RIFTS, but even with extensive house-ruling the system kind of makes me want to chew my own tongue off. I'd played around with using D6 (the West End system), AD&D 1st edition, and even Fate Core for running the game...but I think Savage Worlds will do nicely. Very nicely.
Think I know what I'm asking the missus to get me for Xmas this year.
This is also the perfect way to introduce my Friday group to RIFTS. They seem keen on the idea (one of them has even played in a couple of RIFTS games), but they're already familiar with the SaWo rules.