That survey was super unscientific and pretty much as predictable as could be. There simply is no specific cohesive opinion across the AoE community. Some want a Classical Era. Some want the Middle Ages. Some thoughtless monsters want tanks and laser guns.
Some want a competitive, streamable eSports PvP scene. Some don’t care. Some only want a deep campaign. Some want an offline encyclopedia. Some want the game to feel like a natural update with some new features. Others want nothing added and their childhood memories to be celebrated and left unthreatened. And even that opinion varies wildly depending on which of the five titles a player cherishes the most. AoE2 is super different from AoM, which is super different in other ways from AoE3, which is nothing like AoEO. And all are combined mutations/evolutions off of the 1997 original.
Nobody can agree on everything, and no matter what choices the Devs make, a huge segment of the population will raise pitchforks and burn the forum down.
This forum continues as it always has to be a sounding board of what’s on our minds and helps kick up counterpoints to everything. But a forum of a barely announced game is naturally going to have some serious selection bias problems. We are going to attract far more old school, die hard fans than the average AoE4 player. All of us represent that demographic and none of us represent a huge segment of who needs to buy the game: people who have a passing interest in AoE and/or have never heard of it before. AoE4 needs to sell to those guys, too, and we aren’t necessarily the best to know how to do that.
This forum is still hugely helpful to the Devs, should they read it. But at this point the only way we are going to talk about ideas is exactly as we have been: in unpredictable, stream of conscious threads as people speak up.