http://www.polygon.com/2015/3/12/81...earth-patch-creators-fixing-mistakes-gdc-2015 This is mostly the same material as in the "We should have been more audacious" thread, but through a different source, and besides I think we could use a new thread on it without difficultychat anyway. The most notable new thing here is probably this "2.0" that's planned to be shipped "within the next few months". GDC was only a week ago, and the winter patch just landed recently. Expansion in the works? We'll see reasonably soon, I guess. Also, their angle on leaders is badly misguided. You don't need reams of fiction to paint an interesting personality, and considering SMAC's lack of reams of fiction (outside of the interludes, perhaps), they should be well aware of this. Or for a more recent Firaxis game, consider X-Com - how much fiction did you need to write for each soldier in order for the player to feel attached to them, again? Make it worthwhile to interact with those leaders, and just drop the constantly repeated catchphrases, and maybe the players in fact will be more willing to fill in the gaps than you thought.