I apologize if this has already been posted. Here is an english translation from the original German.
Off the bat, I am concerned about “[T]he focus is again on Europe, “but we want to broaden it.”” I read this against the announcement of the English and the statement that there will be fewer than the 13 civs of original AoE2. AoE has a long history of launching with European civs and relegating other continents to expansion pack afterthoughts. Medieval Europe had maybe 2-3 strong civs, and the English were affirmatively not one of them. They were a very small empire that did almost no conquering, unless you consider getting sacked by the Franks. For god sakes, the English word for conquer is itself Frankish in origin. England didn’t even have a word for it until the Franks taught them what it meant to be conquered.
I look forward to learning more about the civ choices around the world. The article says the launching civs will be fewer than 13, and there are many, many more worthy civs in Africa, Asia, and the Americas that would fit on a list of 13 civs well before England.