As someone who first played Age of Empires beginning by the classic from 1997, the announcement of the Definitive Edition in 2017 was a blast for me. Despite been a lover of the first game, Its limitations where always self-evident, so I was expecting the Definitive Edition to include gates, unit stances and so on.
Unfortunately, that was not the case, and despite that, I bought the Definitive Edition the same day it launched on Steam. Since even before the launch, I have created many threads on the game’s forum making suggestions and giving voice to my expectations:
Making Age of Empires a 21th Century RTS (Nov '17)
Let’s debate some game improvements (Apr '20)
My wishlist for the next big update (Apr '21)
And to end with a flourish:
This after the following thread from xWHIT3W0LFx, the first to propose something similar, If I recall correctly:
As you can imagine, for me the announcement of the Return of Rome DLC were like a dream coming true. “Everything I have been waiting for, but launched as a DLC for a different game? Well, why not, for sure we, who own the first game will have a fair discount on it!” I have thought to myself. “Perhaps we will even be gifted it for free!” I have foolish myself.
Now, I discover that those changes that I and many others are anxiously expecting for so long have FINALLY ARRIVED! Yeah!
As a DLC.
In another game.
Which I’m being asked to pay full price for it, like if I was paying for an actualization patch to a game that I was promised would receive full, continuous support after launch.
Anyway, I would like to thanks the devs that worked on this DLC and believed in the potential of the game that began it all. The DLC looks amazing, the new decorative elements and unit designs I could identify looks beautiful (been the Babylonian gates the prettiest of them all!), and the new, narrated campaigns look great! I’m truly grateful for it.
But this movement from the financial department… that was a really, really bad one.
I already own the Age II: DE, and will gladly buy this DLC… when I have the proper discount for it.