Age Of Empires IV is in development at Microsoft
This is what I would like to see in the next age of empires.
Age of Empires (AoE) Online was the best AoE game ever. I played in religiously until Microsoft (MS) shut it down. You have so many different religions, civilizations, the multiplayer aspects were amazing.
MS should take everything from that and put it in AoE 4.
While I am not a die hard AoE fan, I do enjoy the series. AoE was a feeble attempt from MS to combat Warcraft, starcraft, and other Realtime strategy (RTS) games.
Below is a feature list that I would like to see in AoE 4:
Fishing - you can have boats go out and fish. In all AoE games, you have set locations where you fish. I would like to see it where there are no set locations, and the fishing boats just go and fish where ever, and then return when full.
Storage - There are several types of resources you have to harvest: gold, wood, food, and rock. You have to have 2 different storage areas for everything. Just one storage building for everything.
Upgrades - In some AoE games, upgrades for building A are done at a granary. Building A are defensive structures. I would like to see all upgrades centralized in one location, at the town center, or a science/research center. This is something that other RTS games do well, and also the Civilization series.
Town Centers - In some AoE games, you can only build town centers at certain locations, and only have so many. This is what Warcraft and starcraft do well. You can build as many bases as you want where ever you want. It would be nice if MS removed this limitation.
Population - There is a population cap. This should be removed. It takes more management from the players, but it is player choice.
But Most of All, resource and Unit Management - I would like to see AoE move from micro management on some stuff, such as resource gathering, to macro management.