When I say devs, I mean the whole company. You can actually witness how this game was released with only 50% polish. All the civs that have a campaign, have been playtested way more and feel much more coherent and functional. The French are easy and everything works well and fine. The English are easy and everything works well and fine. They are just a little bit one dimensional, but what they have is in a good spot. Especially since they can actually always have their net of castles buff giving 25%-50% more attack speed. Their eco is just as intuitive as the French one. The Mongols are not easy to play, but they are very elaborated and imo the most unique civ with tons of possibilities. And last but not least we have the Rus, who are arguably the best civ together with the French. All their stuff makes a ton of sense, works well and feels polished.
And then we got the HRE, who are clunky, unfinished and very one dimensional. The prelate for eco is very annoying as he gets selected with the all army command. So you can’t actually use this command. Or you always remove the prelates from the selection, but then you need to know where the prelates are that you want to have with the army. It’s tedious, annoying and just not thought through. There could for example be a tech that allows prelates in towers to give an area inspiration effect or anything else that makes them non-army, while there is also an army version of the prelate. You might even need two kinds of prelates. Mid and late game eco with prelates is so annoying as there is just too little user friendliness. Especially when comparing them to other civs. All the other HRE issues I do not want to list up here again. It should be clear by now.
Same thing with Dehli and their Scholars. You use all army and the freaking mosques with scholars in them are selected as well. How pointless and annoying is that? Dehli is also quite clunky. And so are the Chinese that just feel overloaded. And the idle imperial officers can actually really trigger you, because you alwas think you have idle workers. But it’s just an official who is doing a cigarette break or whatever. The Abbasids might be in the best spot regarding the non-campaign civs, but they are also not perfect in the way they work. They are, however, the most finished civ of the unfinished civs.
I actually find it unacceptable to release something which content is acutally only finished by 50%. But that’s the time we live in, I guess.
This is why I expect a lot of patches and effort from Relic to support this game. And I expect it to be soon.
Otherwise I find 60 dollars (or in my case even Euro) very much for a game that has no ranked, no scenario editor, unfinished civs and plenty of bugs. The campaigns are alright, but do not really convince me. I prefer the way campaigns are done in AoE2 much more. But that might be a question of taste. I am pretty sure the release was pushed from those who do not develop the game but see the money it can generate. This is a development I actually do not want to support. Then again I was longing for a new RTS. And could not not buy it…
So, when a game is released like this, we are very much entitled to criticize and voice our opinion. And we can be annoyed or even angry. Especially if you preordered and trusted in advance. But we should always remain respectful.