today Tilanus from Forgotten empires, who also is behind Napoleonic Era, answered a few questions on discord. DISCLAIMER, this is not an official Q&A and seems to be his own take rather.
as for order i will make it Question: (if possible) , Answer: , and commentary: if i think i can clarify or add something.
in regards to minor civilizations theming:
Tilanus: a small hint might be that American and Asian minor civs had their own theme, and African minor civs also got their own theme that is reflected in the DLC’s title
in regards to what are chosen someone speculated the following options:
Tilanus: 2 of them are correct!
commentary: i think Zulu is the obvious 1 here, cant tell you with the others but id guess Berber
question: will they follow the same general design as other HC with 5 buildings/directions, or will they be organised differently?
Tilanus: Yes, 5 HC buildings aka sections.
in regards to why Hausa and Ethiopia was chosen
Tilanus: of course we picked these 2 civs from a bigger pool of options, and as @BlueSharklet noticed we still found other ways to cover civilizations that weren’t possible to turn into main ones
Tillanus: we’d all love more and new civs, but at the end of the day we also gotta be realistic with what is possible to make with the available resources, civs sadly don’t grow on trees y’know!
Question: What intrigues me about the hc is why you decided to go for the Fasil ghebbi when there are a bunch of other options to choose from. The country is like a combination of 3 or 4 major architectural styles and a whole lot more unique cities so there has to be a reason why you went with this one. My guess is either it has something to do with the campaign or maybe it was just the most prominent during the time period
Tilanus: That is relatively easy to answer. Gondar has been the capital of the Ethiopian emperors for most of the time (within AoE3’s timeline). Also it has a unique mix of different architectures itself. There are of course Portuguese but also Indian influences. It also features a series of the most popular and influential early modern architectural pieces, which is not just the Royal Enclosure but also the Debre Berhan Selassie Church or Fasil’s Bath, and that all very close to Lake Tana that has a very special place in Ethiopian culture.
in regards to the berber units shown in pictures someone suggested the following:
- They just put there to fill a little bit
- Minor tribe
- Full civ
Tilanus: It’s a bit of everything!
Commentary: i guess this suggest Berbers are a minor civ? might also see some of the units in the Hausa
Question: Are there new mercenaries too?
general commentary on possible future DLC
Question: btw @Tilanus i know it is probably way to early to ask, but can we expect more content a kind to this in the future?
Tilanus: I’ll say this: there is always a realistic hope with sufficient support and success
commentary: buy DLC if you want more content
Question: Whats the weirdest serious civ suggestion youve ever read
Tilanus: I think Austrians is pretty weird if you understand what the German civ entails.
commentary: here lies the hopes of people who wanted Austria
Question: just dont add Switzerland pleas
commentary: with previous comment in mind, yeah i wouldn’t expect to see these guys either.
Question: Pls add brazil come to brazil now pls pls
Tilanus: One of our main programmers for AoE3 is a big advocate for a Brazilian civ (spoiler alert: he is Brazilian), go figure! Nothing new to me!
Question: And what about the Battleship? Can we finally build one?
Tilanus: No idea what you’re talking about! :zophy:
why was america added?
Tilanus: I think the US civ ticked many, many boxes for what’s fun and fitting for the game
Tilanus: but at the time when the US revolution was revamped we didn’t know there would be a US civ, so I hope that clears it up a lil why we have both.