I’ve taken my time to compare some familiar RTS titles. And as one can see just based of the steam charts.
Many of them doesn’t even come close in numbers of what AoE4 has, even with the massive player drop.
If you think loosing such a big playerbase is bad, it is not as Dramatic as people want it to be.
While certainly, having gone from 70k players down to 10k players is by all means not good. Being able to retain 70k players would be absolutely fantastic.
The sad fact is that. Video games, in general. Be it RTS, FPS, MMO, Sports, Racing, Whatnot.
if ever able to have good player retention. However what is more important is to have enough player Numbers.
And as one can see, even “more popular” games such as CoH2 and TW:Warhammer II, has about the same numbers as AoE4.
So are they also Dead games?
Is the entire RTS genre DEAD?
So we all just quit playing RTS because I am not satisfied with the player numbers?
In am not saying we should not voice our concerns. I am after all not a member of the Duma.
But there is most certainly no need to be overly dramatic about it!
And the worst of all, the hate among fellow AOE players.
Let people Enjoy AoE2, AoE3, and AoE4 for what it is. Let people voice criticism over things within the game that causes concern, but be civilised about it and focus at the topic at hand! Watching people bash each other over the same Title. “My AoE is better than your AoE”. Kinda reminds me back when I was about 1/3rd of my size.
Regardless, Be happy that both Old and New titles are still getting development. Because there many other titles out there that isn’t as lucky.
And you guys want to see a really bad example of a game that Flopped hard, but still is being developed and carries on?
So how about we just focus on the issues at hand rather than panicking and screaming the game is dying.