People not minding elements like that do not equal ‘hostility’ towards history on their side. I’d suggest restraining from guesswork about things that do not exist- I’ve never seen anyone criticizing AoE for trying to be historical in any way.
The world is not black and white, and these are video games and not documentaries.
I’m not sure even what are you trying to imply here- were ES developers ‘hostile’, carless and ignorant about history because they included campaign missions based on fictional events, with fictional main characters?
Explorer skins are completely inconsequential cosmetic elements, accessible behind few menu layers. They require less ‘digging’ and player effort to access than cheat units, but in terms of their tone they do not stray from what was presented in the base game.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’d prefer real historical figures with at least semi-well documented background, or at least see them being released in a first, base selection group before ‘fun’ skins, but on their own as a partially hidden/locked free cosmetic content- I can’t see any ground for criticism.
Uncle Sam hero skin isn’t considerably more goofy than ice cream special cheat unit… or having indigenous people sinking warships with bows, while playing as Turks in Yukon for that matter
At the same time, in 2DE players get as rewards completely crazy, official mods that for example make trebs shoot bananas etc
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In fact, AoE 2DE includes a LOT more funny/goofy content around the edges, compared to 3DE.
On some level, they show more restraint than folks over there.
Not that I don’t enjoy things like ‘pretzel projectiles’
but here it’s much less reason to have a discussion over Dev dedication to history, than in the case for example if they were releasing new missions, and instead of historical battles, people would be encouraging funny fictional scenarios.