So, I really want Age of Empires 4 to succeed. SC2 has needed some competition for a while now in the RTS space (maybe not so much as e-sport) and Blizzard dropped the ball hard with Reforged, and are continuing to get their comeuppance for so much hubris.
With that said, I just can’t find myself enjoying AoE4. The aesthetics are just so much like a mobile game you see an annoying ad for on a Youtube video. The scale is still off for me, and the UI is quite honestly awful, even if it is a tiny bit more functional. AoE3 may have had a somewhat clunky UI with the giant icons but the DE I believe did great in solving that. So I really do hope that you guys continue to give small bits of content for AoE2 here and there. Even something as simple as selling more unique architecture packs (like differentiating Aztec and Incan architecture a la AOE3 or making more nomadic buildings for Mongols/Huns https://preview.redd.it/s6u8d2exxj541.png?width=1596&format=png&auto=webp&s=586682c9d0e96b0c02107836d62a2776b187911a ) although civs of course would be preferable. Point is, you don’t have to make AoE4 the full focus of income when many of us would like to see AoE2 DE continuing to thrive, plus it’s a smart financial move too.