And I don't think anyone would have really be happier if they just had Civ5 be "Civ4 in THREE DEE" which would have been the easy cop out.
I agree the sentiment.
Unfortunately Civilization has been hijacked by Corporate types, who live in an In-Year fantasy world that's driven by the In-Year Salary Bonus, thinking games fans will follow like lemmings just because its the better option for Shareholder balance sheet. The latter is not true, never will be - they live in a Fantasy World of In-Year Bonus driven dreams.
I hope Sid still has sufficient control left over the Civilization Franchise, that he can fight back with Civ6 and regain Civilization's reputation. Millions used to buy Civilization "sight unseen" ... no chance now .... the bad blood left behind by the meddling of Corporate Types with Civ5, seeking to maximum in year profits to enhance the personal annual Bonus with an Industry Icon, has wreaked havoc with Civilization's reputation.
I hope Sid can salvage the reputation with Civ6 and get back to traditional numbers in the fan base. It may not be feasible due to the effort that's going to be needed, because he has a right to a Life like anyone else, and he's not getting any younger.
One thing is for sure, Civ6 will need to be something freaking amazing right out the Starting Gate to repair the damage done by the Civ 5 debacle.