As a huge fan of Age of Empires I, II and III (Mythology included), I would love to see a new game based on the previous timelines. Don’t get me wrong, but transcending into the future into WWI and WWII just doesn’t feel right to me. The ‘Empires’ that fought in the World Wars are paired with advanced technology such as airplanes, gas, snipers and tanks. Although I think Empire Earth did a fine job implementing those aspects of that age, I just don’t feel Age of Empire should follow that path.
That leads me to the following idea that’s still floating in my head. I think Age of Empires could incorporate the eras into a new game. Prehistoric age to the Napoleonic age, skipping the future ages.
I can already read the comments saying that it is just a polished version of the previous games, but that is NOT what I mean. I do not want to see a remastered version of the games but a total new game putting the emphasis on new buildings, new tech and diplomacy.
With the knowledge of today it may be great to explore the idea of the separate civilizations in the prehistoric content transcending into the other ages. What I mean is the following: just like in Age of Empires III when you can choose your leader when aging, in Age of Empires 4 you can choose to be Germanic, then after aging, zou can either choose age into the civ of Prussia or German Empire. The same goes for other civs. In the beginning you can choose to be the Assyrian Empire and through aging you can decide to flow into other Empires, just like the people of Assyria did. Wars were fought and Assyria evolved into the Mongol Empire, the Ottoman Empire, The Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire and Babylon, from there you can evolve you civ into other empires that fit with their Era. In that way you stay close to the historic way of things; that civilizations evolve into other civilizations due to technological advances, wars and religious choices.
It also bans the idea that the babylon empire can fight against modern day Netherlands when both are in the same era. Each choice you make can lead to the Empires that exist during the Napoleonic era.
Evolve to be equal
That leads me to the next thing evening out the playfield. Because some civs can be overpowered, the idea of evolving your civ could work against overpowered civs. Just like civs in the history, some did get conquered because of various reasons, like being behind with technological advancement, so you evolve into the Empire that conquered your Empire. If you guys know what I mean. It means that if you choose to be the Persians, you get to evolve into East Roman/Byzantine and then Into Ottoman or Greece for example. Weak civs will just evolve into the civs that overtook them, making them equal to the civs of their time.
Another thing that may be incorporated is diplomacy. I am not saying that the level of diplomacy control should be equal to that of the Civilizations franchise, but it can use an upgrade at least. In that way resources could be transfered with less tax and trade could be enhanced, canceling out import tax for example (Sorry Trump). This could be an advancement of the idea of consulates that were built into Age of Empires III. Every civilization had (in their own way) some form of diplomacy with other civs. The consulate can be build for all civs, not just the Asian like in Age of Empire III.
Not one Era
The idea of making Age of Empires take place in medieval times is great, but I am looking for a more comprehensive game. Making Age of Empires IV take place in the three Era’s, you can really dive into the development of your civ and making choices that resembles the historical downfal and rise of multiple Empires.
To make things even complicated, types of buildings should be extended and should evolve too. Let’s say that you are the Ancient Greek, you will later turn into (east) Roman, the buildings can be (just like it happened in real life) a mix between Greek and Roman style until you transform into Ottoman Empire or the Greece. Since Greece got independent after a while. Ancient Egypts can have Egyptian buildings and after the occupation of the Ottoman Empire mixed with Ottoman building influences and later French influence (Napoleon occupation in Egypt).
I know it’s a weird idea, but I think it could work well. Not remastering but incorporating Age of Empires I and II together with the modern day graphics, gameplay, music and sound effects can really uplift the new game altogether. Keeping the essentials within the game, but taking the next step into making it close to reality. More techs, more cards, more development in civs and more diplomacy (not too much) can make Age of Empires IV in my eyes perfect. I know people aren’t really excited about more eras in one game, but cutting the crap from WWI and WW2 and Space age in Empire Earth, taking some elements from diplomacy from the Civilization Franchise can maybe be the trick to make it work.
Thanks for reading my crap.
Don’t murder me with harsh comments, but you can leave your opinion or ideas.