While I do agree in principle. I think its worth noting that as a general rule the AI in 4x releases is abysmal. One of the only games I can think of that stands out is civ iv, and they literally incorporated a modders AI improvements into the game when they released the expansions. So the standard practice has always been 'devs make the art and mechanics, modders fix the AI'. And even if this means I might have to wait a few years after release to get the experience I want, I'm okay with this, I know it will get there eventually. However Firaxis isn't letting us follow the standard practice anymore. And quite simply, the art and mechanics don't work if we can't fix the AI. So we are left with, essentially, a broken product for players like us who have put thousands of hours in 4x games and are looking for something more than what they are offering. But that's fine. I can take my business and time elsewhere.