Considering that the Delhi Sultanate is the first South Asian civilization to be featured in Age of Empires 4, which one of these potential civilizations from the same region do you think the developers will add next?
I feel it would have to be a southern Indian civilization since the Delhi Sultanate represents the north. Also, a Hindu civilization would be welcome since we already have a few Muslim ones. So either Chola, Vijayanagara, or Rashtrakuta for me. Probably Chola since the other two have rather long names.
Now perhaps, when other civilizations that used elephants in warfare gets added, the War Elephant will most certainly definitely be a regional unit instead of a unique unit. I do imagine the Cholas for example, having the War Elephant. Also, speaking of Cholas being about infantry and navy, some good unique units for them include the Urumi Swordsman (which can be the replacement for the Man-At-Arms) and as well as a unique naval unit.
Chola and Vijayanagara are both a little offset from the AOE timeframe. Chola ends in 1200s which is before the Ottomans even begin. Vijayanagara begins in 1300s which is a little late, but I can see them doing what they did with the Ottomans and drawing inspiration from previous Deccan Hindu dynasties. Overall if I had to pick I would say Vijayanagara fits better with the theme of AOE4 imo since it’s a good ‘rival’ to the Delhi sultanate and it can easily justify having gunpowder units in Imp.