Cities = planets.
Improvements = buildings
That's all I can see in common. Maybe they "fear" it being too close to galciv2 ?
edit : hum .. after reading the whole thing, I think the user who compare EWOM and GC2 don't see any MoMish things in EWOM, like playing different races, the mana system, the way cities are built, the way roads are built, etc.
edit2: and the "has lost its soul in the translation" part.
How could anyone forge any opinion about a game that is still ... in early beta ?