Hello, ladies and gentlemen!
First of all, I want to say that I am very much looking forward to the Age of Empires 4, as well as many people here. I read the forums and saw a lot of angry comments about the graphics of the Age of Empires 4. + - a lot of people said that the graphics are too cartoon. In general, now I will try to explain why the graphics are not very important (especially for RTS):
For an example, you do not need to go far: Sid meier’s civilization 6. This strategy has the most cartoon graphics (it is much more cartoon than in the fifth part of this game), but right now Sid meier’s civilization 6 is played by 25 thousand people and it is on the 18th place in terms of the number of online steam users! I very much doubt that all these people are playing it because of the graphics of this game.
For comparison: Sid meier’s civilization 5
Sid meier’s civilization 6:
As we can see, compared to the previous part, in Sid meier’s civilization 6, the graphics have become much less realistic. But why do people play this cartoon game? - Because the game has nice gameplay, good mechanics and cool additions. All these factors simply overlap the cartoon graphics, because it is not the main thing.
For this reason, I believe that in the Age of Empires 4, the game mechanics and the gameplay itself will play an important role, not the graphics (by the way, please note that the graphics in the Age of Empires 4 are not very cartoon-like and are better than in sid meier’s civilization 6). And given the fact that the fan preview showed us a lot of new interesting mechanics, then I think that the Age of Empires 4 will be a success. (All of the above is my opinion, if it does not coincide with yours - this is normal)
In conclusion, I want to thank the Age of Empires 4 developer campaign-Relic Entertainment Studio! Thank you so much for your hard work. You are really making a cool game of the future. I’m really looking forward to beta testing and the game in general. I believe that you will succeed!