Fixing the game for (the few) people who can’t start it should obviously be a priority, but you guys seriously need to fix the AI. They’re doing this weird thing where they send their villagers to the other side of the map to hunt/gather, when there are perfectly good resources to hunt/gather right near their town centre. This is causing the AI to lose massive amounts of villagers very early in the game to lions/guard towers/enemy units, sometimes even to the point where they lose all their villagers and have no food left to create more so they have to quit.
In custom game (random map/skirmish mode) the AI sometimes just doesn’t work. I’ve learned not to play on water maps at all (because the AI can’t handle it) and to just stick to hill country or highland map with no water. I’ve learned not to begin in nomad mode because the AI can’t handle it, so I always start at least stone age. I’ve learned not to begin with low resources because the AI loses all its villagers and can’t create more, so I always play with at least medium resources. I’ve learned to put everybody on a team because if you leave the AI teamless they will only attack you.
I’ve do all of these things in all of my games now, but still the AI is sometimes completely dead. Sometimes they build up properly and begin to attack me in the tool age with slingers, then with cavalry and catapults in the bronze age, this is fine.
But sometimes, with the exact same settings as above, I get to the iron age and haven’t been attacked once, and I send out a couple of scouts to see what the AI is doing and half of them are still in the tool age with only 4 villagers and no military. Some of them have their villagers all over the map mining gold when there is gold right near their town center.
Basically the AI is screwed. I hope you’re working on this.
Maybe they should just Rollback to the Original AI. And the Campaign and Skimished would work better than this.