These are the three pairs of civs that I think should be joining the game as soon as possible. Could be free civs like Ottomans and Malians civs - so that AoE 4 offers the most classic civs known from AoE 2 Age of Kings in the basic version.
With so many requests from Japanese I SWEAR that I’m going to reveal my concept for the japan civ this week, as long as they don’t load me with heavy lifting in work off course. I have it almost completed, the only thing left would be to upload the images one by one so that they load well and look beautiful.
I have so many ideas:
Replace crossbowmen with “samurias with yari” (anti-armor damage)
Springalds with Bo-hiya Ozutsu, or bombards with “Japanese mini-cannons”.
Lancer only unlocked until IV age, Instead they have Bushi Archers (Mounted Archer unit) in Feudal.
They would not have counterweight trebushets, unless they share the Mongolian traction version (or not, balance issues).
You can buy bombards and culverines in a building called “Nanban Trading Post” but only with gold and with a enhanced prize.
Clan system, you choose one until the end of the game, and it gives you one or 2 passive bonuses and 2 unique technologies. To make it the less confusing I only chose 10, including Date, Takeda, Uesugi, Go-Hojo, Oda, Ieyasu, Mori, Chosokabe, Otomo and Shimazu.
The Chosokobe not more have archers bonus (there are “zero references” of them being good of it except TotalWar and the idea of “cheap weapon”=bow), but villagers bonus, as the Ichiriou Gusoku tech to let them +2/+2 armor and +7 attack.
Byzantines need to happen. Its crimnal they were in it at launch. Other wise I hope Vikings, Japan, Something for Italy like the Papal States, Venice or Genoa. Some personal ones that I doubt will come would be The Kingdom of Jerusalem which I did a thread on designing, as well as a Mamluk Sultunate seeing as the Abbasids dont really seem to cover the Egyptian/Mamluk culture.
On a sidenote, I wish they’d give all of these civilizations the Malian treatment and give them individual walls instead of the placeholder one. Would in particular love to see Inca’s great masonry with their awesome architecture.