So finding out the devs have technically been making two games at one time puts things into perspective.
Which I think is great and it solves a lot of the debates here in this forum.
So they introduced this system called Min Spec mode. It’s besically an over simplified version of the game, toning down all the graphics and animations into the most simplistic mode.
This system wouldn’t have been easy for the devs to design as it would basically require a whole redesigning or completely new game for people of a different player base.
Basically all those who complained about too much clutter, wanting more simplicity, a basic game, just focusing on gameplay. This mode is for you. Even for those with potato PC. Enjoy all the simplicity you want in this amazing game mode the devs have miraculously worked hard on.
Which basically leaves them to add all the graphical clutter and details on the original game. Satisfying two player bases, the competitive players, who so far have given positive reviews and preference towards min spec mode, and the campaign and single mode players who want all the detail for immersive purposes.
Which is why many things look unedited in the final form, and probably why things haven’t been introduced yet. When you have been chugging away, making two games in the time period of 1, it’s so hard to do everything. And seeing as Microsoft would not have given them the extension, they needed to leave something’s till after launch. Hence why the beta and stress test was so delayed as well.
Hopefully us players will see all the detailed textures and patterns in the main mode while the competitive players and people with potato specs enjoy the min spec mode. Thanks devs!
Basically it indicates that the devs are separating the two people who are pro graphics or don’t care about graphics.
All those people who invalidate, sorry not invalidate, TRY to invalidate our argument, have an option which fulfill their needs. Hence they have no reason to shut down people’s graphical desires. Such as manned siege etc.
Like they created completely new polygon meshes for min spec mode. And made it so simple.
I didn’t know it was an option in beta. If it’s been there the entire time, then some of these arguments baffle me so much more.
This and I’m happy that all those who have counter arguments to all the graphics forums have a mode they can play with and be happy. People who think so much graphics makes the game clunky, and that for competitive play they just want a simplified format. It’s there. They can play AOE their way, and we can play it our way. No need to clash like it’s been happening in every forum.
It means all the people who want graphical additions, ask away! Sky is the limit. Because no matter what you add, it won’t affect the other side of the spectrum.
It warms my heart that they are doing what they can to keep the franchise playable for as many people as they can. When they flew me out to vancouver and then started having me download the game to play at home years ago, I didn’t own a computer nearly fast enough to run the game. At that point I had been playing AoE games for about 18 years on very middle of the road machines, which was really all I was able to afford. But I think I may have been the only person on the council who didn’t have a designated high powered machine for gaming/streaming/etc., so it was sorta embarrassing.
It’s impossible to appeal to everyone – those with high end machines expect a high end experience.
This approach seems like a tremendous move.
It’s basically solving the big debate without the need for taxing mods. People who want the simple experience to focus on gameplay are having an official supported experience. Leaving the graphical side to ask for whatever they want, as much as they want. Till their systems be crying and pleading to them to stop.
It’s smart, amazing and fulfills their promise of acknowledging that they are considering different people from different walks of life.
Now if they would just rake feedback on board and communicate better
There’s only a problem. I didn’t see all of these improvements. Did i play with a different version during the closed beta? And these graphic improvements are included in the leaked Graphic DLC? This Is the question but suppose we already seen the best graphic we can.
Plot twist. we have been seeing and playing the min spec mode, in oct 28th we will be able to see the graphics in ultra, with proper (army) building animations, crew on siege, siege polished animations, stunning animations and ultra detailed units.
Do you think what kansas said is possible? real improved graphics? I think by min specs they mean even more simplistic graphics than those we saw in stress beta, so there might be another build with much better graphics?
On the topic of what technical modifications are possible to the game (such as widespread graphics changes), I do not consider myself an expert worth consulting with. I can speculate, but I don’t see any value in doing so publicly atm.
Though we do know from public statements, that the devs will continue to improve the game. But I am not sure they have been super specific to answer this exact question.