I really feel like they're missing the real potential of multiplayer for this title. What I want, and what I personally am of the opinion would make a hit, is co-op or persistent versus maps you could save and return to with friends. If I could lead an empire and my friend could lead an empire and we could battle the AI or eachother or other players, that would be fun.
I really have no desire to play the majority of what they seem to peddling here, which is FPS style play in a game that is very much not an FPS. And while I haven't played it, it seems to me in a game with physics based melee and ranged combat, any amount of lag is going to feel totally unacceptable.
All of this is my opinion of course. And I didn't think the original idea sounded all that great and avoided the game for a long time, and when I finally played it I loved it. So maybe this will be equally awesome. I'm just a tad skeptical.