Feature request: Active pause in single player games

I really miss the active pause (like in AoE II). With that you could periodically pause the game and explore the whole map and plan your next steps. You could also move between your base(s) and military groups all over the map and give commands to them while paused.

I have trouble understanding why this simple to implement feature is not included in SP games. If the devs think it’s not the way the game is meant to be played, what about cooldown time for pause, e.g. 15 seconds, although I think such a limit is not needed.

I have played AoE IV only 20+ hours (the first campaign and some SP skirmishes) but I’m going to move back to AoE II because missing active pause takes the fun out of my gaming.