Hah Hah 59% say NO! Solo single players WIN again. No need to implement multiplayer until waaaaaaay down the road after the game is released. It's just a waste of resources to me because I would never play it multiplayer nor did I ever care to play Master of Magic multiplayer. In fact that's what's wrong with so many games today is they add a multiplayer element to the game and then spend all their resources after the game is released trying to balance it instead of IMPROVING THE AI. I'd much rather see a solo player game with ai improvements over the years than some stupid silly multiplayer element that only a handful of people play. Statistics have shown only 2% of the gamer base out there wants and/or plays the multiplayer elements of a game. Thus, proving it's just not worth wasting the effort and resources on it.
Ummm wait up: If it were 9% 'yes' and 91% said 'no', then there is no contest to me. 41% 'yes'? That's still a large number, even if it's not over 50%. Think of it: a little less than half of all the people that voted want to see a multiplayer component.
Also, your 'statistics have shown only 2% of the gamer base 'out there' wants or plays multiplayer elements of a game' - please, where did this information come from and how does it relate to this game? Because again, it looks like 41% of this particular gamer base wants to play a multiplayer match.
Finally, based on your 'stupid, silly multiplayer element' remark: Is the poll really a multiplayer match that you won? Did you enjoy it? Then you voted against what you really wanted!
Joking aside, I think alot of people that say no to multiplayer have a conditioned knee-jerk reaction to this poll because (and this is my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt):
1. They are still waiting to see a 'win' on the SP side of things with the game even though they can obviously see that FE is head and shoulders above the previous attempt, while still being in beta form. I don't know, but this seems irrational to me.
2. TBS games that have a multiplayer component are far and few between, even though there have been positive results in this arena in the past (AoW series, Jagged Alliance: DG, MoM, HoMM series, Sid Meyer's Alpha Centauri, MOO, Civilization series). People are still playing these games because of the multiplayer component, I might add.
3. More of the people in the poll have just naturally gravitated towards SP games in general, so the poll is skewed.
This game is a revolutionary iteration to the original Elemental game, and we can see the quality that has come out of it, correct? Well, I'd be willing to (and have) vote(d) a 'yes' in the poll and pay for the DLC, because these guys just did a free do-over that didn't have to be done. Let's give 'em a round to help inject some money back into the work they did for us.
Having a working multiplayer mode can only help boost sales of the people that already 'own' the game: if those people are venturous enough to try it, they may like it - and they can then tell their friends to get the full game for a match or twenty. I'd be willing to bet if it's good, those new purchasers will also try out the SP version...
The other thing that is good is, people have a choice as to whether they want to buy MP or not as it's a DLC component.
Give multi-player a dollar of a chance. Sheesh!