Please do not implement auto scouting.
You are not doing new players or the game any favors through this option.
The way to increase engagement is not through streamlining and destroying the nuances of the game.
You do new players no favors by giving them a crutch and teaching them inadvertently that scouting isn’t that important don’t worry about it the game will scout for you.
A way to think about this is as though it is schooling.
When a child is struggling in math the solution is not to give them the answer to every test and question they face. It is to take the time to TEACH them how to do it properly.
This is the exact same thing. When you start aoe it can be overwhelming. There is so much going on so many new things and a million new maps to play non of them ever the same.
However the beauty of match making is that your opponent is equally overwhelmed. That is how you make friends and have fun.
Each step of the way you improve bit by bit, and the people you play also improve bit by bit. Reflecting this improvements is a number that goes near your name.
Auto scouting will not help new players it will reinforce bad habits creating a shaky foundation.
When that new player hits a level where the auto scouting is not longer effective, imagine their frustration. every game they have played this has been used now it lets them down. and they have no idea how to adjust. Why because they never had to scout before.
So now they have to back track and relearn this whole new skillset because to advance this artificial solution will no longer be effective.
They never had to learn one of the most foundational and important skillsets in all of RTS. Until it was far to late in their development.
I am pleading with you guys. Please do not do this.
Never mind the inevitable coding issues they will make this feature broken as all ■■■■.
But seriously think on how much you are cheating your new player base. The answer is not to give them a subpar crutch to lean upon.
But to give them the tools in which to learn properly and excel within their environment.
I would never cheat my children.
Please, don’t cheat your community.