It is to bad I missed the poll on multiplayer so long ago. I c hecked the forums when i first bought the game but when I saw that there did not seem any inclination of the developers to include MP I left and this is the first I have been back. The truth is that when the game first came out my friend and I bought a copy to test play it for going MP with our friends. Boy where we surprised when we found out there was none. We both played it and it was fun enough but if I could go back I would have passed the game over. The game was good and I enjoyed the time but there is no AI that keeps my interest for an extended period of time. While this games AI was good it was not as good as my friends or even the best I have seen. In the end I would love to play this game some more.....with my friends. I am not going to buy the expansions without multiplayer. My friends who would have bought the game to play with me are not going to buy it either. Yes multiplayer takes time and money but there are also a lot of add on sales that multiplayer brings. When I find a good multiplayer game I bring at least 4 of my friends into the game with me. Thats 5 copies of everything for just my original purchase. Still I can not tell you how many more games you would have sold if you had MP and if it would have been worth it but I do know that looking at just the people who post here or did the poll is not really an accurate view of the way it works. For the people who say that multiplayer just brings the vocal minority out I disagree. Yes if this game MP you would see more people on here talking about multiplayer because people like me don't post much on games we don't play. Mabey the fact that so many people show up after multiplayer is implemented and start saying what they want is the best sign how many people and sales this game is leaving out.
In the end I will not buy this game without multiplayer and even if it gets it or future versions do I am hesitant about buying it simply based on how little support it has recieved so far. Still I would buy the game for MP so I guess that says how much I like this game and wish I could share it with the people I like.
I still play AOE, Star Craft, Civ, MoO and other multiplayer games because the human element keeps it fun. In fact I will probably call up my friends today and see if they are up for a game of MoO3. The AI isn't as good and the graphics are old but we have a blast with the multiplayer. In fact the reason we where looking at GC2 was because we thought it would play like an updated MoO. Oh well after buying 20 copies between all of us I suppose we need to get our moneys wroth anyway.
P.S. feel free to respond to my post but do not expect me to respond. I'll probably check back in six months or more to see if they have multiplayer but it seems unlikely that I will see MP and know that this post is mostly just to show how I feel. For those of you who are playing this game have fun. I wish no ill will to solo players and am glad that you are able to enjoy such a good game. After all to each there own.