i was top 2000 player in starcraft 2 decemeber 2016 and i have huge experience with rts genre.
If this game should be any good, it has to be competetive.
Hotkeys are basics, starcraft at 1998 had already decent ui, age of empires 2 do not have even hotkeys.
Starcraft 2 is currently declining, especailly pro gaming, in korea is more popular LoL, because of its terrible balance and balance team incompetence they showed since 2010.
There is huge vaccum in rts genre, if anyone decides to make rts, if they would make it right,they could profit very well.
I glad to see, that there are still devs making rts genre, which is dead and i don’t belive, that anyone will make game like starcraft.
There have been a lot of terrible rts games: grey goo, cossacks 3, warhamer.
Learn from greates game ever broodwar:
1.soft counter units
3.custom hotkeys and decent ui
5. please multicore, because sc 2 is single core and you can’t keep even 30 fps in lategame
And don’t forget skins to attract majority of players and make game easy for newcomers, but hard to master.