I loved the first game but I played it mostly when they released the first public beta (for pre-orders) about a year ago and wasted a lot of time on it. When the game was finally released I wasn't interested any more.
But I'm still intrigued about the changes they want to implement into the second game. I really liked the base-building meta-game but from what I understand it was completely removed in one of the updates. Or am I mistaken?