One UX problem with the campaign screen: there are inconsistent navigations and conceptual topology between it and the three “special campaigns”: William Wallace Learning Campaign, The Art of War, and Historical Battles. Awkwardly tucking them into the Africa & Asia pages feels like a consequence of that.
In the current, post-Mixer removal renovation main menu, they are accessed in the following ways:
Historical Battles: Can only be found by “Single Player → Campaigns”. It is on the Africa page, the first page that the player sees.
Review: Since HB has never been substantially differentiated from normal campaigns as a game mode, removing it from the main menu is reasonable. Putting it on Africa is thematically weak, but sufficient: the player needs no additional clicks to find it.
The Art of War: Accessed by both “Single Player → Campaigns → Asia” and “Learn to Play → Advanced Techniques”.
Review: Here’s where the navigation logic gets wonky. If you’ve only accessed AoW directly from Learn to Play, quitting AoW will return you to the main menu. But once you’ve visited AoW via Asian Campaigns, where naturally, quitting AoW returns to the campaign screen, the Learn to Play AoW option starts doing the same!
William Wallace: Accessed by both “Single Player → Campaigns → Europe” and “Learn to Play → Learn the Basics”. Unlike in original AoE2, where “Learn to Play” brings up the William Wallace campaign subpage, in current AoE2DE clicking “Learn the Basics” launches you directly into the campaign’s first level.
Review: This is a bad change. Originally Ensemble intended players to freely choose which tutorial levels they want to play, with text notice that they can skip early levels if they have prior experience. This freedom has been removed.
In overall, I find the AoE2DE main menu UX to have deficiencies, especially after the renovatrion. I would prefer to rebuild it with features like a more logical topology, and a guided tour of campaigns: AoE2DE now have a staggering amount of campaigns, which can overwhelm new players and become another inadvertent barrier to entry.