After seeing a few threads on the aoe3 reddit, I noticed the great imbalance in the number of maps and natives we have in the game, with a clear preference to north america and an absolute abandonment of south america, along with having too few asian minors. The proportion is as follows:
We have north american maps and 13 natives, by far the most represented area of the game. This representation is fine, we should have other regions get to this level. I wouldn’t add any more map and maybe one more native.
Asia is in second place, with 19 maps and only 6 native minors. Also, as the map shows, there are certain areas that are not represented, or many maps that are too big compared to NA maps, which divide better the geography of the region (seriously, do we need Rockies AND Cascade Range but one big Siberia?). Also, any new native tribe shouldn’t be based only on religious settlements, although one or two more religious minors might be fun. We need more asian minor relating to trade or water. Also, it would be nice to diversify the maps and add the blank spaces.
Incas (only on Andes Upper, should be changed)
2 (3) natives
By far the worst representation in the game, which sadly is a staple of videogames when representing south america. Only 8 maps and 2 natives, this region has so much more to offer. Andes is way to big and ca be divided in two maps: the mountainous side and the desert near the coast. Araucania is big too, and also have different regions which could serve as divisions for new maps. Amazon is just an insult, the whole jugle represented in just one map: here we can have a black forest kind of map, the regular amazon map, an Amazon Delta map, similar to Deccan but with no crossings, fewer natives and a river that divides when reaching the sea. The rest are fine, but can be divided as well (again, Rockies and Cascade Range deserve different maps but not Patagonia or Pampas Sierra?). Lastly, a map of the Galapagos Island and Malvinas (Falklands) would be a nice addition to naval maps.
What do you think? Would you like more maps/natives to sub represented areas? Also, how many African maps and natives do you think we are going to get?