Age of Empires 2 players have long been expressing themselves or other players by the number of players corresponding to their color.
Despite this situation, the above logic was not implemented in Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition. You may notice this situation when you join a game as a spectator. Now when we check the AOE 2 DE shortcuts, it can be seen that it is arranged as;
P1 (blue): CTRL + Shift + F1
P2 (red): CTRL + Shift + F2
P3 (yellow): CTRL + Shift + F3
P4 (green): CTRL + Shift + F4
P5 (teal): CTRL + Shift + F5
P6 (purple): CTRL + Shift + F6
P7 (grey): CTRL + Shift + F7
P8 (orange): CTRL + Shift + F8
P9 (Gaia): CTRL + Shift + F9
However, when you test these shortcuts in a game you enter as a spectator, you will see that there is a difference.
During the game setup, 8 players do not have to choose colors according to their order on this screen. But after entering the game, while a spectator wants to switch by color using the shortcuts I mentioned above, the game actually navigates through the players in the order of the setup screen. I think the error stems from this. This situation needs to be corrected.
Apart from that, I will also have a request. I think I will get support in this regard. It is much more useful to navigate using the “+” and “-“ keys to switch between players while spectating the players.
Let’s say you entered to spectate the game and first you are viewing P1(blue player). When you press “+”, it needs to switch to P2 (red player), and if you press “-“ it needs to switch to P8 (orange player). Perhaps the issue of the “+” or “-“ key binds coming by default can be discussed, but at least the setting area that will provide the transition I mentioned will be much shorter and more effective if presented as “View Next Player: +, View Previous Player: -”.