Concerns Regarding Byzantine Church Architecture Representation

Hello Age of Empires IV Community,

I hope this message finds you well. I’m writing to express a concern I’ve noticed in the game regarding the representation of Byzantine churches, particularly in comparison to other Christian civilizations.

It appears that Byzantine churches in the game lack crosses on top of the buildings, which seems inconsistent when compared to the inclusion of crosses on churches for other Christian civilizations such as the Holy Roman Empire. As a fan of historical accuracy in strategy games, I wanted to bring attention to this observation and discuss its implications for the portrayal of the Byzantine civilization.

I understand that game development involves various considerations, including gameplay and artistic choices. However, historical accuracy is a crucial aspect of strategy games, and the omission of such a prominent symbol from Byzantine churches raises questions.

I’d love to hear more about the design decisions made by the development team regarding the representation of Byzantine architecture and if there are plans to address this in future updates. Additionally, I invite other members of the community to share their thoughts on this matter.

Let’s engage in a constructive conversation about the historical accuracy and cultural representation in Age of Empires IV.

Thank you for your time, and I appreciate the hard work of the development team in creating this game.

Miniature 38 from the Constantine Manasses Chronicle, 14th century: Construction of Hagia Sophia during the reign of emperor Justinian. (source)

Mosaic panel depicting the emperor Justinian holding a model of Hagia Sophia in Hagia Sophia (10th century) (source)