I had no problem with 2d leader backgrounds before I realized this will negatively impact not the quality of backgrounds themselves but quality and diversity of leaders too. Let me explain, in civ5 leaders are not merely standing in front of some background (like theodore and cleopatra do), they are interacting with them. *Harald leaning from the boat *Alex and Genghis riding on horses across grass *Pedro sitting behind desk in his bureau *Numerous rulers majestically sitting on thrones (Darius, Nebuch, Harun, Ramesses, Pacachuti, Sejong, Elisabeth, Augustus) *Theodora lying on couch nonchalantly *Napoleon and his horse *Shaka and Boudicca throwing their weapons on the ground once defeated *Washington interacting with globe *Rammy walking through his garden *Numerous leaders gazing upon landscape of their backgrounds - Maria Theresa embracing mountains, Gajah Mada gazing upon tenoles in the jungle, Kamehameha and ocean... All such things are impossible now (unless some leader accessories are 3d and others not - weird as hell). Leaders may be very well animated and cool but they all are going to be just standing in front of painted background, looking at nothing but you. That's unpleasant hit to my immersion and leader diversity, and don't use the argument "in civ4 leaders were just portraits", I got used to civ5 standards for years. No painted background can imitate the badassery of Askia standing with a long sword in front of the animated burning city. Your thoughts?