Having played the beta, I am refunding until there is official word that they'll fix this. Skirmish versus AI is a selling point for many players, please don't gimp this mode.
There isn't really a good reason to not have this. If the goal is to "encourage" people to play ranked MP over Skirmish vs. AI, it won't really shake out that. People are going to feel forced to play a mode they don't want and become alienated from the game instead.
Can we get a word on the plan for Skirmish vs. AI please?