Yeah, I do realize what you were saying. But you left out part of my post. Anything called MoM2 has to be better then MoM, as judged by the fans of MoM. Or else. Considering that the flaws in MoM aren't something you could get away with in MoM 2, you have to get EVERYTHING right. It's a very tall order.
Not that much. I agree, the hardest part would be the ambiance - something that is more akin an art than a science, and require inspiration rather than know-how. But I think they could manage.
For the rest, it's not like if it was HARD to make a better AI and balance than MoM. I think that it's also not really hard to make graphics better.
Making a whole new game different to MoM but just as fun is maybe a dangerous task. Making a "remake" wouldn't be as a daunting task - of course, here you have a point, the copyright are still a sore point, and I hope that the idiot who prefer to let the franchise rot rather than having someone else actually do something with, should be strangled by his own bad karma.
I have played MoM quite a bit and I can tell you right now that Elemental will have many, many more worlds than MoM. Just check the Mod Forum. I think that's a laughable position to take as a strength for MoM. "You've gotta be kidding me, MoM only has 2 worlds?"
He was talking about how MoM had two simultaneous world you could play at the same time (Arcanus and Myrror). I may be wrong, but it seems like you talk about custom-made map, which is completely different.
I can also assure you that Elemental will end up having many, many more spells than MoM after modders start creating them. Basically, what I'm getting at is that the modding system will be able to surpass MoM in every conceivable way in the long run. And if your rebuttal is, "we can only compare vanilla Elemental to Vanilla MoM", I say you're most definitely wrong. This game was intended from the very beginning to allow modders to take over most of the content work. Or do you actually believe that Brad Wardell intentionally gave us only 1 race, and a handful of other content and expected the game to stand on that alone?
If someone manage to create a nice MoM-clone with the modding tools, great. Until then, we're going to compare a game with a game, and not a game with what potential we could see in the moding of another game.
Not that I want to diminish the actual worth of modding, but when I want to play a MoM-like, I don't want to have to actually design and build it.