Good evening ladies and gentleman!
I really want to share my excitement about the release of Age of Empires II Definitive Edition, a game that I have been waiting for a long time.
These are main points I would like to comment to the whole developing team to help them in order to make a great game:
*- When AoE I DE was released it mainly had a graphic overhaul, that was one of the main problems to the lack of playerbase staying to play the game. When we are speaking of an overhaul, a remaster or a remake, indeed we love the graphics (they are lovely) you cannot forget about pathfinding, units stucking with everything they find, stopping to answer your commands. We want to play the game smoothly. *
*The smoother the more time we will invest in it, as it will be more enjoyable. *
So one of the focus must be directed to fluidity and solving all the code issues that affects gameplay. Something that wasn’t fixed or highly solved in the release of AoE I DE and made it fall.
*- Another issue is related to the release ONLY for Windows 10 and Xbox live. That cut off a lot of players as we were forced to play with those 2 conditions. Most of them didn’t had access to Windows 10, or medium computers and didn’t want to upgrade. *
Xbox live is a plataform that is mainly used of consoles. As the game is mainly played on PC, as almost every RTS, it’s quite a good thing that is released to Steam, that is a positive point against AoE I DE. This allows the community to access it easier and have a good online plataform. This redirects me to the next point.
- Multiplayer we have been suffering for a long time of desynchronisation and continous lag/fps drop/freezes. If multiplayer playing isn’t fixed, revamped or something that solves the main issues we are fighting right now, it will eventually die aswell.
As you know there is quite a big online community, ranked and even tournaments are held in a lot of places. If the game is intended to surpass and not commiting the mistakes of AoE I DE, this is a must and is something that I am looking forwards to.
- We need more stability for the amount of maximum population that is allowed in the game. Normally we play with 300 of population and in the worst cases when 12 player are playing with 300 each that transforms into 3600 units that the current game can’t hold well. If the game is just going to get little “changes” within the current code and just a new texture pack, there will be a lot of negative reviews about it, cause people really want to play it smooth and enjoy it.
- Multiplayer Ladder, it would be nice that the ladder is updated with more info, better interface and prettier layouts. This is more cosmectic and can be added afterwards, but remember that the game isn’t only the mechanics or the graphics, it’s also the whole interface.
This is a general approach to every point and I am eager to be able to help the game to become a big hit. God, I love Age of Empires II, that’s why I can’t stand that it goes in the same directions that AoE I DE at launch.