These are just 3 moons, not planets. There will be a lot of alien looking planets in the game. Like the one which was stormy with radiation emitting from the sureface
You are so correct. I was slightly disappointed when I heard about it but that's not the point of the game. Yes, it's cool to be able to meet new people and possibly explore with them and try and stick with them until you reach the center but it's not a multiplayer game.
that and it probably has something to do with the way non-steam based storefronts are curated. I'm not up on what platforms Godus is on but I do know the console storefronts are less than what we'd call 'intuitive' for developers. Rebranding almost certainly did have something to do with it of course, plus the fact NEW games sell better than updated old ones. This way they aren't trying to sell still incomplete old Godus, but rather this shiny new thing which also COMES with Godus. A tidy way around the "why the hell are you charging for this?" complaints.