The question we asked was, would you purchase a multiplayer only expansion pack that was $20.
Multiplayer expansion are nothing new. Civilization III had one. Even the original Civilization had a multiplayer expansion.
My own thoughts on a multiplayer expansion pack are ambiguous. Unlike an EA or Take 2 or any number of big publishers, Stardock's ability to get widespread retail space for an expansion pack for Galactic Civilizations II is a real challenge.
Hence, future expansion packs for Galactic Civilizations II are likely to be digital-only. This way, the retail version of Galactic Civilizations II can hold on to its space as long as we can and people who want more can come here to get it.
Which brings us back to what exactly should be in an expansion pack. We plan to make multiple expansion packs. One of the mistakes we made with the first GalCiv was that we only made one and users made it clear to us that they would have liked to have seen more. So this time we will make sure we do that.
The first expansion pack would come out this Fall. The second one next year. It would be that second expansion pack that we have to finalize what features for that could potentially be mostly about multiplayer.
When one thinks of an expansion pack, think of is like designing a ship in GalCiv II. We have 5 slots. Multiplayer would eat up at least 3 of those slots, more likely 4 slots.
So the question really boils down to, are there OTHER features you would prefer to have instead of multiplayer. This multiplayer poll won't be the last one on the subject. But the results make it clear that there isn't a huge outcry for a multiplayer expansion.
I think most people are of the opinion that they'd happily by an expansion pack that included multiplayer if it had lots of other features. But that's not how these things work out. Multiplayer is a huge feature so other features would have to be taken out.
Once the first expansion pack comes out, we can then look at what might go into a second expansion pack (including multiplayer) and put the question up as to which features would people want the most.