What can i say to you, just buy it its awsome game and i tell you wy.
Normaly you buy a game and thats it, what you see its what you have.
Ashes of the singularity its diferent ,dont think in what you have or see now because in the next 6/8 years this game will be always diferent to bether.
Worth the money my friend.
Um, this game will long be dead in 6-8 years, since AotS 2 and most likely AotS 3 will be out by then.
And i think Steam forums more active without limited posts http://steamcommunity.com/app/228880#scrollTop=0
Yeah, they got more users...
As for the OP, if you are looking for MP only, then, you are correct in your findings, and Stardock is trying to get new blood in with the new sale. While the sale is a nice idea, IMO, they should have also done a free weekend for MP gaming, so more people can get a taste of what AotS has to offer.
The SP part went through a revamp, and I am still testing the waters with this. Yes, it is better than before, but it needs more cooking to find the elusive bugs.
For comparisons, Grey Goo Definitive edition is now $4 @ humble bundle, look at that MP community, and, you will find it lower than AotS. (Well, unsure now, since this $4 mega deal should bring in loads more people.)
AotS is showing ~175 now http://steamcharts.com/app/228880
Grey Goo is showing ~136 now http://steamcharts.com/app/290790
side by side: http://steamcharts.com/cmp/290790,228880