Do you believe it would be a good idea to add Native-Americans somewhere down the line?
- Yes, but historically accurate
- Yes, but largely beef them up for balance, and disregard historical accuracy
Age of Empires 4 is seemingly aiming to be much more historically accurate and realistic than the previous AoE games, and thus, this bridge is one people will need to cross sooner or later.
I do not think it is viable to add Native Americans while keeping the game mostly accurate (ie. weapon reload times or that sort of thing apply to every civ, not just one).
The main reason is the technological and strategic inferiority of the Americans. Therefore, adding them will mean giving them large liberties in historically accuracy, liberties that African, Asian or European civs will ever have. This thereof would ruin realism, as it did in AoE3 (and to a lesser extent, AoE2, although AoE2 is much more symmetric than any of the games). Natives in AoE4 will face many more problems than any other region does, and will require much more ‘glue’ to hold together.
If you want Americans, how do you propose to give them even a slim chance against literally any other civ, and do you want to do this at the large expense of accuracy?
The only ‘alternative’ is to present them as historically accurate, and thus making them really hard to use and really easy to beat.
My conclusion is just to not add them at all, so the game remains realistic. Maybe we can add campaigns with them, but just not as a playable faction.
I would prefer we kept to Africa, Asia and Europe this time around.
“I love that responsibility. I want that responsibility. I want Age of Empires 4 to be a trusted source of history. I think we can do that justice; I would be over the moon if people were like, ‘man, this is legit!’ because there’s been some shaky history in the previous Age of Empires games," Adam Isgreen said at the time.”
“We’ve gone to great lengths to make sure that our history is accurate to the places.”.
“This is a fresh start for us. We want to modernise the series and that means we are going to do things differently.”
Potential Idea on how to balance (at least for land battle) and depict accurately