I’m 31 years old myself and I’ve experienced the old times when video games as they were then and I miss the time when we received a more complete game (most of the time) and the only thing that you had to purchase afterwards is either the next expansion or the sequel to the first game.
But we are for many reasons not there anymore, and video games has become far more complicated, bigger and people simply expect MUCH more now, sometimes even the impossible because we have gotten used to everything has to be PERFECT or else it’s the worst game ever made in history. I just simply don’t view it like that, it’s not fair to the game itself and more importantly not fair to the developers as well.
As much as I love the old good days of video games, I also understand that for better or worse things must change, and when it comes to today’s video games sadly most of the time you are right they are rushed and unfinished at release. I don’t share or agree that AoEIV is one of those type of games as compared to many other video games out there, such as Warcraft III Reforged, Cyberpunk, BF2042 etc. it’s miles ahead of how smooth the release was, no crashes, no error messages, no extreme lag and the game has quite a bit of content at release. 4k awesome documentary for all of the 4 different campaigns, single player, skirmishes, unranked and custom lobbies. (Soon Ranked and mod support will come as well.)
What according to you isn’t worth the full price at release? There’s always going to be things we want to see in a game, we always want new content, new changes, patches and updates etc. but we have to be patient and understand that all of those things won’t come in a day or two but months and months ahead in a live service module. Considering that the game has been out for about a month give or take, they already provided us with 2 patches and I believe a third one is coming before this year is over next week.
Us the community can only but keep providing the developers with constructive feedback, in a civil manner and keep letting them know about big issues or bugs that creates unfair advantages such as exploits etc. and hope that they address those issues as soon as possible. The developers need time to get the data from us, find a solution and then implement it in a patch that won’t break the game even further and this requires time.
What to prioritize it’s up for them to decide, considering I’ve no experience in how game development works and more importantly no idea how Relic/Worlds Edge decides to do their work I can’t comment on that, only give my concerns and thoughts in hope that they will hear me and react on it.
I’m with you I want this game to be the best RTS game ever made, and I have many reasons to believe that it can become an amazing game in the future, but we have to understand it won’t happen over the night and it will take time.
Now if you are unhappy with this game, by all means I respect your opinion and you should really follow your heart. I hope that they will soon address those issues you consider game breaking so that you can start enjoy the game the same as me. Take care!
Edit: I agree with you that the communication from the developers can be better and I hope that they will take the feedback from the community and improve for future content.