Even if that's true, if you are going to release a game with a MP component, at least make sure the features that exist work. Many of the issues MP has are just embarrassing. I challenge anyone to play in MP and not experience a crash within an hour. I don't think that's a reasonable experience for paying customers.
It's not my intention to beat a dead horse here, but I think the paying customers deserve an experience that works as advertised. I have over 1,500 hours in the Steam release, so I clearly love the game. Either fix the current version or release something new that works.