For me, the way games survive is solely down to the community built through via Multiplayer experience, Gothic 2 seems very bland when it comes to giving this. I really think the developers should take a page from the Dawn of War series, they had:
- Lobby Chat
- Player Made Rooms (with options on points/gamemode)
- Battle Replay Saves
- Spectator Mode
I've found if you want the game to attract the more competitive player, the least you need is a battle replay save, so people can show off their wins. If failing that, just give us a player made room so all online players can see games and join which ones they want. If the MP side of things is left the way it is, I see this going the way of BFGA1 really fast.
Come on Developers, get it done!