About skin color in African Kingdoms (AOE 2 HD and AOE 2 DE)

I dont like that African kingdom civs (not Portuguese) have workers and unit with white skin color, if they are Africans why they havent got a black skin???

I hope that in AOE 2 DE they can have the correct skin color (Okay I undertand that in AOE 2 HD don’t fix it, but please, do it for the definitive edition!!

What do you think about that??

Thanks

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Mesoamericans white skin , or Khmers?.. They need change each skin color.

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No Unique Unit for each civ set design? Fine by me but atleast do something about Villagers.

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This is not that simple to do, because task graphics are shared between all civs. It might be something to be done in the future, but it’s not that relevant to devote work to it before release imo.

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That can be a problem having each unit their real appeareance.

They were redoing game graphics for AOE2:DE. If not doing this now, then they are not planning to do it. Which is very disappointing.

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another year to render graphics…great… And file size…

Youre’ over-dramatising the complexity. Even a simple alteration of the unit model skin colours. No one is drawing them from scratch… They made a whole new civilisation build set for AOE2:DE and also have a trade cart for Mesoamericans. I hope the monks at least are specialised by civilisation (we have the unit models in-game already for Middle Eastern and East Asians). We want an awesome game for the ages not something like AOE1:DE with all kinds of issues. Aesthetic and gameplay both.

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Unit tasks graphics (like chopping wood, mining stone, etc.) are shared between civilizations. You could have black villagers, but they would change their model everytime they’re doing a task. Needless to say that wouldn’t work very well.
They would need to change that behaviour, but that’s quite a lot of effort for a very very minor improvement.

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Won’t recoloring the skins work? That’s simple enough?

No. All civilizations share a single graphic for tasks. You can have all villagers look as they are now, or you could make all of them black, but the engine currently does not support different graphics. Now, changing the engine to include that would be possible, but it would be definitely more work than just recoloring the graphic.

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you did or k now how its made you need rendering, these are major leagues, no amateur modders with photoshop pixels.

No dude


The skin color/villager of at least the sub-saharan African civs should be changed in an update. Berbers/Saracens are similar enough to the generic AOE villager. The southeast Asian/native American ones could use a change too.

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who cares? why is that important? its a game, not real life

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Lets be honest here adding such thing is pretty much useless, most of the people playing this wanna feel like back in 2000 or so when they played this as a child. Yeah it might look like a racist thing now that everyone is white but adding black people will make it racist even more bcs of players etc…

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Completely false. AOE2 is a game that represents a lot of culture. We got different Monk designs and we got different Trade Cart design for Meso civs. It’s good details. Don’t just make Black Villagers only. Make Asian, Indian and Arab Villagers. It really will be a fine touch to civ details. It really isn’t promoting racism. It’s representing culture more beautifully.

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If they didn’t did already, they won’t do it now. Villagers are the worst unit to code, so the amount of code needed would be a lot of higher than a regular unit. Every job is a specific unit to code…

They should have done monks btw.

But I highly expect a DLC with an optional regional units sets: This way conservatives and competitive can remain with the single graphic set, players that we want regional units get it’s regional units, and specific money goes to specific work of doing this, without losing to other important areas of work. Everyone happy :slight_smile:

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