I want a galatic council that I can get elected to. I want to win because my culture is 1000x times stronger than my enemies, and their huge production planet will defect to my side. I want to steal research from my enemies, I want to sabatoge mineral production, I want to cause civil unrest, I want to coerce two sides to go to open war with each other, while they pay me tribute to help them. I want to pass a ban on WMD's while I secretly amass my stockpile, and then unleash them on my enemies. I want my trade routes to be protected even while two sides go to war. I want to force weaker factions to pay me tribute so I dont crush them. I want to pay a stronger faction to protect me until I can create a coalition of weaker factions to take down the stronger faction, and then turn on my allies when they are weak from breaking the stronger faction.
Also stop demanding updates. Things don't magically happen over night. PAX takes place in Seattle WA, and this year it occured during a huge holiday weekend. Let the dev's have their day off relax with their friends and families. They may make games, but for them it is still a 9-5 job.
AMEN. THAT is what a diplomacy upgrade should do. Maybe not EXACTLY that, but the kinds of bells and whistles that let you do stuff like pay for protection, or make a weaker player pay you not to attack them. I've always offered a CPU a peace treaty JUST before I crush them. In the real world, they'd already be pretty much defeated at that point, and there'd be a decent chance of a surrender or something.
Making an update I'd imagine would take more time than this "Diplomacy" expansion has. Why? Because if you're making a balance patch, you need to play a bunch of 3+ hour games on different map sizes, etc, to make sure that everything feels "right." It's not a matter of coding, it's a matter of tweaking numbers.
I can fully understand why THAT would take a while. But from what I've seen of Diplomacy, I'm not impressed. If they add in stuff like what Guesswho described... that would be somewhat different
As far as all of us complaining about Diplomacy... Up until I saw that youtube video, I was planning on just buying it to support Ironclad. I didn't expect it to do much. But I'm so thoroughly unimpressed that I might not now. I'll wait for more official information first, of course. So if Diplomacy is as small a change as it seems, then I can understand why they aren't saying anything - it would hurt sales. I know Diplomacy isn't done, I get that. But it will need a lot more (than what hasn't been announced except to PAXbrats) to get any money from me.