If we want to nitpick, the Hunnic Empire ceased to exist after Attila was poisoned in 453, while the Hephtalites (“White Huns”, appear in the Bukhara battle) are only broadly related. The Western Roman Empire survived up to 476 and the Kingdom of Soissons up to 486.
And since we indeed see Western Rome in several campaigns, Alaric and Attila notably, it wouldn’t be out of place.
There already are roman civ in the game. They are called byzantines, who were the eastern Roman Empire. Even if they are to add a Roman civ, It would be the late western empire probably, not Caesar-tipe legions
I think that, nostalgia aside, we should everyone agree on this one. Huns are the weirdest addition to the game and while we don’t exactly “tolerate” them (well, I do, but I acknolwdege I am on the minority), but rather people love them because we were young when they came out and were not aware of how little they qualify for an AoE2 civ: Not an empire (barely a warmonger confederation) that existed before what was on those times the accepted timeframe of the game, and stopped existing after their leader died.
If huns were to come out today, I really believe it would recieve heavy negative criticism, at least from those of us who actually care what civs are added to the game.
the starting age is the Dark Ages, in Europe it’s roughly the time from the fall of Rome to Charlemagne. Of course early campaigns are not restricted to the Dark Ages due to gameplay reasons, militia slug matches with a single TC would be unbearable.
civs had a start and end date in their description, the Persians ended in the 7th century with the Sassanids. The Goths didn’t survive much later, their wonder is Theodoric the Great’s mausoleum (around 500).
some heroes included Belisarius (6th century), Theodoric the Goth (5th century for both the Wisigothic one and the Ostrogothic one), and some Arthurian characters (fictional but trace their story from the 5th century when Rome abandonned Britain).
Sure all AOK campaigns were after 1000 but the game always included the time around the fall of Rome. Introducing the Huns at most pushed back the start date from 476 to around 400.