I feel the need to comment here concerning some of the things froggy has said.
While I can completely respect his stance. I have to admit the thing that will determine how long I play this game will not be the SP portion. I am not one of those people who has played Civ 1 or 2 for 5 years running.
But it will be the "When my brother comes home on leave to visit" statement
The one thing that has brought me back to MoO 2 for over a decade has been sitting down and playing with my family and freinds. I never open up MoO2 when I am by myself anymore. No matter how well an AI is written it will never suffice forever. Or at least I have never seen one and am not expecting one now, No insult intended.
So if I cannot say that this is a game that I am looking forward to playing against my brother when he comes home, then the replay value of the game will not hold a place of honor amongst the MoO 2, Majesty, and now Bloodbowl trophy case.
And while I am happy that the focus is now currently on the SP. I am hoping more development will continue after release to give this game the staying power that only MP can provide to this genre.