Should devs implement unit formations since Bronze Age? (POLL)

Should devs implement unit formations since Bronze Age?
  • Yes, but let us break formations if we want (acting as a toggle), to achieve AoE1 default pathfinding. Also give us an option to disable their usage entirely, similarly to the “solid farms” feature. A true definitive edition would allow players to choose how they want to play.
  • No, we prefer not to have formations implemented in any way. They were introduced in AoE2 and they should be avoided in AoE1 in order to preserve the original gameplay.

0 voters

6 Likes

With more than one week up, we already have our results.

Optional formations would be the best outcome. A toggle being available in both Custom Game and Campaigns screen would be ideal. They would not only apply to the player, but all other players as well.

I don’t think there’s a better way of thinking about formations, than them being optional.

2 Likes

Make it a Bronze or Iron Age technology.

4 Likes

…accessible through the Government Center :wink:

Would make sense, considering the “smart” stuff happens there, such as Architecture, Engineering and Alchemy.

3 Likes

Government Center would be usual choice but I would even suggest Academy.

2 Likes

Either building would be OK if you ask me, but since not only academy units would be affected by the tech, I think it would be better to have it available through Government Centers.

1 Like

I think formations would be one of the best quality of life improvements possible to AoE 1 DE. A frustrating part right now is if you have 20 units and you’re moving them across the map, their movement is a mess. They end up in a long meandering loosely connected group. Moving as a single large formation would fix so much of the headache moving large armies from point A to B.
Does not matter with 50 pop cap but at >100 pop caps, trying to move two sets of 20 units is a pain.

Also walls needs gates, otherwise walls are of limited value, but pathfinding and group movement is a bigger need.

4 Likes

Military formations as an Academy tech would be amazing, and would make a lot of sense, too.

7 Likes

I want formations, but only for certain Bronze and Iron Age units, like Hoplites (and their upgrades), Legion and Cataphracts.
Those are the only units that should move in formation.

1 Like

Well, if they are implemented, I doubt they will be exclusive to certain military units… Probably the only units that won’t be getting formations are priests and villagers, but again, what the behavior of those units within the selection will be?

2 Likes

Usually, this kind of technology is researched at the Government Center!

1 Like

Yeah, sure! But you know, a military Academy seems like the perfect place for instructing units in formations!

2 Likes

They should implement formations for military units for all ages. That’s it.

That, the lack of a garrison meccanic and gates are the biggest thing that are missed in aoe1, and should be implemented from aoe2.

4 Likes

Agree, even just basic formations are fine, no need for fancy stuff.

3 Likes

Yeah, basic line and spread formation.

A compact square if you have just few units maybe.

But more importantly, the melee units automatically in front and the range units automatically in the back, I’m tired of my archers always getting in front of the meatshield.

3 Likes

Yeah, tbh this stuff should have been by default in DE. Kinda silly that we have to ask for such a basic thing in this day and age.

3 Likes

There may be some difficulties to implement it in the old aoe1 code. In the end some things were brought from aoe2 to aoe1, other not, so probably that’s why.

And that’s why I hoped that for the aoe1de they would have used the aoe2 code. It wouldn’t be great for nostalgic reasons, but it would have been the best thing in the end…

2 Likes

Macedonians without formations? :smile:

1 Like

What? Macedonians lack temple, not academy! Lol.