From: Madrid, Spain
No dumb reason, the reason is that most of the buyers bought it for it, and the possible future ones even more, it's only a very small minority (according to the polls in the past - and those were among "grognards", who are more prone to accept solitaire) who wants solo games.
Just to be clear, "solitaire" in MWiF is not really solitaire as in playing yourself (solo). I have never played this game solo and never will. I always play it vs a human opponent. In this case trading files. I'm sure you and most people know this about "solitaire" MWiF, but perhaps not everyone reading this does.
Including me. I heard about trading files but didn't think of solitaire as the source, I myself traded files with my opponent when Netplay was too buggy, years ago, but they were files obtained with "netplay" gaming.
I have played solo solitaires sometimes (which is how I understood the players were doing, and I think some or many do) till after some turns I almost dropped dead of boredom.
As for the statement "most of the buyers bought it for it" (Net play)...I don't recall ever being asked that question when I bought MWiF. And I submit you are even less accurate when you write "possible future ones even more, its a very small minority". You cant poll someone who looked at this game today for the first time and bought it (unless you do it at the point of sale). Its possible there was a poll done a long time ago, but how accurate (highly doubtful)?
Accurate or not may be discussed, but the fact that you don't know it doesn't mean it was not done, and IIRW over 100 answers in a niche game like this, in it's early moments of developement is an important datum.
In those polls (which are somewhere in the older threads, the ones interested mainly in solitaire were very few. Once again IIRW 15-20% +-5%.
As for grognards, I do not know of a single one that enjoys playing solo by himself. Every grognard I know revels in the contest of human vs human. MWiF human vs human is already here and doing quite well from my experience.
True, but only grognards would accept only solo playing (which I believed was Solitaire for, after it's name), the same way that only reals chess frikies would play chess solo.
I don't care about Net play, trading files is just fine when playing another human opponent. Coding the remaining options and scenarios are of higher value to me than Net play.
Bottom line, I believe Steve is coding Net play because Matrix requires it, and there was an agreement between them that it happen. I think Matrix should drop that requirement for this game and ask Steve to keep going on Net play only if he enjoys doing so. I also think Matrix at this point should ask Steve to continue fighting bugs and give him complete leeway to do as he wishes, what ever that may be.
That being said, it appears Net play is almost here any way, what ever.