Dear AOE2:DE developers,
I hope you are well.
I am opening this topic in order to place a very specific request. In light of some statements made by members of your team, it has become clear that your team does not wish to add more civilizations to Age of Empires 2 in the future.
However, the community does believe that the game could use some more civilizations as some important ones are not included in the game. These include empires such as Kanembu, Tibet, Jurchen, Ghaznavids and Chola but also significant kingdoms such as Kongo, Great Zimbabwe, Georgia, Wallachia+Transylvania (Romanians), Serbia, Thai.
Therefore, I think it would be of great benefit to the game and the community if Age of Empires 2 included a Civilization Builder similar to what Empire of Earth had back in the day. The way it worked was the following:
A. You had a list with all the possible bonuses a civilization could have based on the category of units (infantry, archers, cav, siege etc.), buildings, economy (free or discounted techs), priests, villagers, and general civ bonuses.
B. Each bonus would have a point cost, so if you chose +20% armor for melee infantry it would cost 2 points.
C. You had 100 points to spend allowing you to create a unique civ with their bonuses.
The additional features this Civilization Builder would require for Age of Empires 2 are a category for the Unique Technologies, and a Unique Unit modifier where you can chose one of the existing units and change their stats. Finally, you would also be able to chose a custom or an existing building set for this custom civilization.
These custom civilizations would be added to the existing roster and could be put up on the Microsoft page for the mods. Therefore, it they would be playable in single player by those who download them, or in multiplayer if all the players agree to include them in their game. As a result, it would not affect the current competitive multiplayer scene and ELO.
A list of the possible civilization bonuses in Age of Empires 2 is found below:
Some of my own civilization suggestions below:
I realize that development of AOE2:DE is nearing its end and that any requests for the game are unlikely to be included in the game by the time of the release date, so I hope this ends up being part of the game at some point in the future.
Thank you for your time and attention.