Patch #20322 introduced Livestock Pen Wagon (via consulate) for Japan to address their lack of access to livestock in late game for Japan. One problem is that the livestock pen doesn’t solve the problem with playing Japan in 1v1 treaty games because 30 livestock animals are not enough (Japan needs 88 animals in total).
In team treaty, Japan players still have to ask for livestock (or ask teammates to hold some for them to overpop) because 30 is not enough. Japan needs 88 animals to task to shrines (including the Toshogu Shrine wonder).
In treaty 1v1, they will need at least another 30 livestock in addition to the 30 currently available to them, assuming they get enough hunts within their base to have 28 of them tasked to shrines (which is rarely possible without getting in the way of walls).
IMPACT OF THE PROBLEM:
Japan is the one civ where very few play it in 1v1 treaty compared to the much more that play it in team treaty, and it comes down to having only half shrine economy in 1v1 unlike in team treaty.
Granted, there are civs that are far less popular in treaty than others, like Aztec, but the case of Japan is different because they are at least more popular than those kind of civs in team treaty. So, it’s a very specific shrine problem, not a general lack of popularity.
I think the capable devs will likely have a better solution than anything I would suggest here. Here are a few possible solutions, and I think any one of them considerably alleviates the problem:
- Give Japan 30 sheep in addition to the 30 goats they currently have
- Give Japan 20 cows in addition to the 30 goats they currently have
- Give Japan both sheep and cow to make them strong in 1v1 as they are in team treaty games (which may be arguably a bit too strong).
None of these will impact their current standing in supremacy rush.