Q: A solid or projected release date with regular updates in the same thread.
A: There is no solid date, there never is with Software. You can be expecting to see it around Spring 2005, but that isn't guarenteed.
Q: An explanation of the difference between the EA version and the boxed version.
A: Media, and a Manual is the likely bet. Not to mention no hard copy.
Q:. A projected release date for the planned additions (i.e. online multiplayer, etc.)
A: £29.99 was the price given by Rich for the product itself, Licenses however cost extra and are currently £TBA