My problem with this issue is Not one of infrastructure and the server problems, but rather one of game design.
What does the server get me?
Cloud storage of my cities.
Interaction with friends.
A community feedback system where my game play is theoritcally enhanced as aspects are now drive by other players, and not merely the same computer generated data as it has always been.
I won't buy the game, the last new game I got was Armed Assault II demo, if I recall correctly.
But this whole thing looks hell annoying. I mean, this is not America. Even with UPC, which is a pretty cool provider in Hungary, the net is down sometimes. I'm very happy that I have stable net for almost a year now. Even in Finland, paradise of internet it was down sometimes.
The idea of constant internet connection for a SINGLE PLAYER GAME is a total outrage.
I have a computer. Net is up: I lurk on forums, watch youtube, I can do other educational activities etc. Net is down: oh, I can play something. Wait. No.
Anyway, back on the quote:
Cloud storage of my cities. - WTF is that for? I can build fucking Coruscant or what?
Interaction with friends. - WTF is that for? Aren't we already have all sorts of fucking possibilities to do that?
A community feedback system... - well maybe I get that. (well, not really. Does it mean some extra widgets in the game?)