Here's the basic problem:
Supreme Commander: . . . $10M
Supreme Commander 2: . . $11M
Planetary Annihilation: $2.5M
The budget just wasn't there so they had to cut corners on stuff.
Man I wish Chris Taylor had been able to make Kings and Castles
COVID infections: 133M - - - COVID deaths: 3M - - - Death rate: 2%
Vaccines administered: 711M - - - Vaccine deaths: 7 - - - Death rate: 0.00000001%
Your choice is clear.