I have said it before but will do so again.
Any game with a "5" at the end of its name, should be "vastly" better (just because) than one that is yet to have even see it first Major (1.1) update, let alone a second iteration.
Given 5 chances to make something from the same set of parts has to be very advantageous to that creator. A first pass using a brand new set of "things" is obviously, well to some anyways, not as easy.
Having said that, 1.1 should be quite interesting and the changes from 1.0 to 1.09 certainly show how fast things can be "corrected", for lack of a better term, really.
I have faced many games that have "growing pains" and as such don't find E:WoM's any different. I, like most others I suppose, would love to buy the final product from the shelf but the Industry apparently operates on a different set of assumptions.
Complaining about what has become the "norm" is pointless. If you are dissatisfied, after spending money, do more research, don't fall for the hype, and or display that dissatisfaction with the use of your wallet, or lack thereof.
I have stayed with the Medium Map size for now as I know roughly how long a game will take on them but I am still quite psyched to get my butt onto a Immense or whatever the MAX size will be/become as E:WoM is FUN when you don't nitpick the shit out of it.
The whole "Alpha" to now "Beta Z (1.0)", and beyond, experience has been kinda neat. Really shows the full requirement to create a game. I do honestly believe that a game is never really done and am glad SD feels the same way. I have many games that just sorta stop growing, when obviously they required more growth.
So carry on SD. Time will be both your friend and your enemy. It will only matter who who ask which way it goes.