We’ve got a ton of speculation threads already, so I want to do the exact opposite: Remind people why they should love the new DLC.
NUMERO UNO: They aren’t done with AOE II
They didn’t just release DE with new civs and new graphics, all that, and call it good. They could have, and just tweaked the balance till it died off, but they’re putting in more content to keep growing and freshen it up. For all the concerns about balance, yes, it’ll probably be a rough few weeks after release and many tweaks down the road when these civs are released, but I think that’s a small price.
Them not being done with the design of AOE II means players like I (who practically only play the second installment) can continue to support their efforts in a practical way. I clearly understand having to pay for the DLC is a downside for myself, but I don’t mind supporting Forgotten Empires.
NUMERO DOS: They get more experience and design work testing for IV
Do we want IV to be fun? I do. If they start throwing things at the wall here, and seeing what sticks, there’s a good chance it does better on release than trying out a ton of new things all at once in one grand mess of a release. I mean, that’s practically III in a nutshell and there’s a reason I don’t play III that much.
I also see the fact that they’re still testing and implementing new things for AOE II as a possible sign that they want to model IV more to be like it and I’m totally on board with that. I’m not going off relevant sources or actual evidence for such a connection, but it makes sense in my mind.
NUMERO TRES: A short bit of time where everyone’s worried about how the new stuff will break the game and, for a change, is not worried about changing something about the game as is.
There’s been so few complaint about insert unit/civ/bonus here threads lately, it’s been peaceful. Everyone’s just theorycrafting their worst nightmares about the new stuff, meaning the rest of the game can have a largely peaceful nap away from the balance threads for a brief moment. I’ve needed that.
If you’ve got something else to enjoy about the new DLC, even before the DLC, that’s what the thread is for.