The guys at Stardock can make Galciv3 to be how they'd like it.
The situation we're in (by "We're" I mean those of us who offer up suggestions/complaints/compliments in the forums, not something I do too much of myself) is at worst- if I may be so dark and cynical - a generous con that the Founders were told that if they invested in Galciv 3 Alpha 0.0.20 (whatever it's number was), then they could offer up their suggestions, complaints and compliments and those would be listened to but, oh, look, on Gold Date there's not one thing you can point to where the SD crew went against something they'd orginally implemented.
But obviously we're not in this situation. We're just in the situation we all should have expected from Day 1. We make suggestions that get taken into the next patch/Beta/update whatever it's called. We make suggestions that get partially taken into the next etc etc. We make suggestions that get roundly ignored.
I think it's a hard line to toe, on the one hand wanting to put out the game you'd always intended to make while also letting advice, criticism etc from the forums have an impact on the game. I know that if it were me as Frogboy, I'd have three lists:
1. List of things that stuff the freaking forum bitching it'll create I'm boss and I want and will fucking well have in GalCiv3. Making us pick only 1 of 3 Specializations might well be one of those things.
2. List of things I'd really love in GalCiv3 and will vote and scream and yell to try and get my way but if I'm outvoted, ah well next time I'll yell louder. I'd try to get what I wanted added in a future DLC/Expansion. Might be races/traits etc and how they work, say.
3. List of things I'd like but if they get voted down really it's just cream on the cake stuff. Try again for a future DLC/Expansion. Effects/graphics/sounds kind of things.
And of course SD's ultimate damn smart thinking on their part Get Out Of Jail Free card after they've designed GalCiv3 to do things you don't like is:"Hey, we've made the game moddable so if you think our take on tech trees is crap, make your own. Don't like our Diplomacy? Go at it and fix it how you'd like it. We've given you the access to." As an addition to this, I don't think it's beholden on SD to give modding lessons/tutorials to fix what you don't like about GalCiv3. Good PR if they do, no biggie if they don't.
Having started playing Beta 6, I like the specializations so far. I have of course found an 18 Level planet I can't colonize without some Extreme World Tech but as I'm no where near researching that yet I have yet to come to the decision "which extreme worlds do I want to colonise?" given the different types and their effects.
I'd better see Lord Kona's ass as he flies by Earth soon which SD promised on this forum or GalCiv3's getting uninstalled. Or will there be some space soap opera romance between Lord Kona and Akiri Malara? I ask this because of the new Load Screen: Is it meant to indicate where things are heading? Just please God don't include the Y&R theme in the game...