Frankly, I don't see why this isn't the same as GC2 Ultimate ... or is it ? Thanks!
Well, the key difference would be the Twilight of Arnor expansion, as dlcooper pointed out. I own everything in the Ultimate Edition already, however cannot play any of the games since I refuse to use Impulse any longer. Thus, in my eyes, I am being punished for being a long time fan in lieu of a late adopter.
- However, while I don't recommend this en mass, and I especially don't recommend it to anyone who doesn't own the the base game and both expansions, I sent Stardock Support a kind e-mail explaining my grievances with Gamestop, my love for GalCiv II, and my humble request to have my GC2 collection be swapped for an Ultimate Key.
While I do have complaints against Stardock after Elemental and Demigod, I have never thought malicious or anti-consumer thoughts to have been behind their shortcomings.
The support team graciously swapped out my 3 separate purchases for a copy of the Ultimate Edition which is currently downloading at about 2.5 MB/sec. Now I'll just have to dust off my old self written modding guides for the game those old saved ship designs out of mothball.
So kudos to Stardock Support, and a public thank you for being the company you have a reputation for being.