The Friend system is totally broken, and usless since day one since:
You cannot invite a friend to play unless you add them on steam (and to do that you can only ask in game or pre game since there is no longer the whisper option)
If you are part of a clan and want to invite a friend for a match using the right click button it appears “invite for clan” but no longer "invite to match - which is simply riddiculous.
Even if the above options were available, you never know if a player is online or not.
Hence i ask the devs to PLEASE implement the following changes which were a feature on AoE III (it is not something new or out of the blue)
- Allow Whisper with friends;
- Allow invite friends through the Friend list (and not only through steam/xboxlive whatever);
- Create a button or signal for us to know which friends are online or not.
This is a recourring issue and a problem since day one. And several players have complained about it both in the game chat and here on the forums