I've got this gem for free on Humble Bundle back in 2018, and it quickly became my favorite. I think I've scored a couple hundred hours on GalCiv2 (more than for GalCiv3), though that isn't reflected in my Steam account because I've originally installed it with a standalone installer. Even after playing GC3 it's fine sometimes to return back to its predecessor, especially considering the some features which were lost in the newer title.
Recently, one of my friends became interested in Galactic Civilizations and, when choosing between GC2 or GC3 for the first time, he picked GC2. Right now he's trying his first game. That does its job to show the game isn't dead.
I wonder, does anyone ever play Metaverse scenarios? Long time ago I have created a character of mine in the Metaverse, though I'm not keen on net gaming and, frankly speaking, I don't have much idea what Metaverse is all about.