My issue and the reason this will be the first civ iteration I will not buy is the plain fact i want to be able to play the game even if it is discontinued from service sometime in the distant future. I still play all my civ versions including sometimes opening a game of civ 1 on an old 25Mhz 486 "antiques show" PC. With the inclusion of Steam I will be dependent on Steam being available in 20 years time. And I am not so sure about that.... Thus I will absolutely NOT buy it. Sad as it is.