Generally speaking, the gaming industry has become a profits-driven market. There’s no evidence yet that this is what’s happening here, but typically, not including features, in this case map editors, into strategy games is for several main reasons: 1; they want to sell you an expansion pack that includes the ‘missing features’ or 2; they want to sell you mods and add-ons with more maps. A random map generator would be enough to give the game significant longevity for the vast majority of users (not everyone, but most of your casual users), and this kind of game self-perpetuation and longevity doesn’t jive well with the profit-bottom line. At that point a real expansion would have to have actual game improvements and truly new features, which have to be envisioned, developed, and tested. Not worth it when you can just add ‘features’ to the current platform. (Another case-in-point, first gen iPhones not playing certain media so you still have to buy an iPod, then ‘introducing’ it so you buy the next iPhone, ad infinitum). Again, these are my two cents on the gaming industry as a whole, and there usually are more things at play – perhaps a random map maker is in the works, it could be difficult to implement it into the multiplayer, etc. etc. etc.
As you can see, I’m a tad upset at this missing feature. I’ve only had the game for 2 days, and I’ve already played through the campaigns and vs CPU maps… I don’t have time, interest, or friends who play the MP, so now what? The Remastered team has done a great job with this game, so great in fact, that the missing random maps stand out like a sore thumb.