I came across a past AoE2:CE purchase. Took some photos. Made me think it might be cool if Microsoft made a digital version of the old, original box and manual (of the game and expansion pack) viewable in game. With page curling/turning animations and nice quality paper page-flipping sounds.
Want to take it over the top? Have a top-down view of this manual, sitting on a rustic wooden table, lit by candlelight (maybe with subtle torch flame sounds or crackling fireplace in background)… and maybe a couple objects from medieval times visible around the perimeter; much like the objects in the current Campaign screens have. Immersive. (The table and surrounding objects/setting would, preferably, be a 3D-generated environment, of course.)
Don’t make this solution just like the Campaigns menu, though. I’d want a straight top-down view, closer view, and actual hi-res scans of the manual (i.e., the manual itself would not be painted artwork). You’d need a disclaimer so people don’t get upset when the stats/info presented doesn’t precisely match current iteration of AoE2.
Would anyone else like this? Or would it be a waste of time?
It’s not something that I would look at often… but would like to once in a while, if feeling particularly nostalgic. So maybe devs would feel it’s a waste of time.
Thanks for considering!
I know many of you probably have the original box/manual, too, but figured I’d share anyways. I think I had an older version of Conqueror’s Expansion than this, if that’s possible. I’m pretty sure this was a purchase later on as a backup, or to let a friend have for a while.
I photographed the Credits page (see last photo) to show thanks to the original creators at Ensemble Studios and Microsoft. I think we owe a debt of gratitude to all those who made the AoE franchise foundation so great