I participated in the beta. I had an absolute blast. (As far as I know saying the game was fun is not breaking nda) That being said, some recent videos by T West and Aussie Drongo about recent developer statements has gotten me very concerned.
A statement made about the zoom levels has been much discussed, but I add my voice saying that the attitude of the statement is very concerning. We, the players, do know what we want. Telling us that you know better as a dev (even if you are right) will destroy trust and confidence in the devs and gives one a very bad taste about the game in general. Give us what we (as a general community, not just one or two people) ask for, if we are wrong let us suffer the consequences!
The video by T West was even more concerning. Some things were mentioned such as map editor, cheat codes, and global que as not being there at launch. Whatttttt??? I have defended the devs and the game over and over on forums, livestream chats, and video comment section. I can no longer defend the devs if these things are going to be missing at launch.
We need map editor to learn the game, what works against what, and content creators (such as Spirit of the Law) use the map editor as a main part of their livelihood. How did this get overlooked?
Cheat codes, while not essential in the same sense have been part of the age franchise forever. They are a huge part of the nostalgia and enjoyment of the games for many people. We need these!
Global que… ummmm how is this not in the game? If it is impossible to have even basic features by the launch date, please push back the launch. Don’t act like this is some crazy thing that we are asking for. It was in launch for Age II and III De. Those games had much shorter development periods. Yes they were bases closely on old games and old code making things quicker, but really, to forget about something like this inspires no confidence in the long term state of the game.
For 60$ I really think the game should launch with a full set of basic features.
I am getting concerned. The developer attitude seems to be one of superiority. They act like they know what we want better than we do, all the while forgetting some very basic features that we NEED. If the devs want our confidence that they know better than we do about what we want in this AAA priced game they need to prove it. It has not been a good start. Devs, I want to love this game. I have loved every age game I have played. Do what you have to, even if it is delaying the game, to make this game what we the consumers ask for at launch. If the launch is bad, the game will likely die. If the devs act like they know better that we do, the game may die. I do not want the game to die. Please work WITH us not against us Devs!