The early information everyone is getting seems to imply that MOO3 is being changed to allow for better multiplayer. Is this the case and can we still expect a strong single player game?
Yes and yes. Most people STILL play solitaire (myself among them), and we won't get gypped, I promise you. However, there have been numerous advances in the state-of-the-art for multiplayer play that we will be taking full advantage of. The most important of which, from a design standpoint, is PACING. That's the killer bugaboo in a turn-based game. MOO 3 will feature excellent PACING elements that will help ensure that multi-player games KEEP MOVING.