Age of Empires III Team,
I want to point out a couple of things that have had a devastating effect to Custom Scenarios after the update. Before I began, I would like to point out how truly disappointed I am in the lack of attention Custom Scenarios have received for Age of Empires III DE. The lack of emphasis and sense of importance the Scenario Editor got was laughable to say the least.
While pointing out my disappointment I would like to add - while reviewing a lot of unit files I have a question for you guys: Why did you guys bother in focusing so much about giving the much needed respect to some of the Native Buildings and Units if your own files still have the old names of the “offensive” units/buildings? What’s up with that? That’s a topic for another time.
Back to the issue at hand - This new update completely ruined/disabled Scenario games. For some reason you guys removed the “Free for All” option in Scenario Games, ability to change color, ability to change team, ability to start a game early, and removed the ability to choose the civ you want to play.
After this update you guys are forcing each player to be assigned the civ under the [Player Data] tab found inside the Scenario Editor.
You have completely removed the freedom of choice in Scenario Games and also the option to play ‘Free for All’ at the player’s discretion.
Exhibition A for ‘Free for All’ disabled:
Exhibition B for ‘Free for All’
I can see ‘Free for All’ as a non-host of the lobby game. If I create the game the ‘Free for All’ option is gone.
As mentioned earlier the new update forced a pre-determined player color, civilization, and player team. All of this information based on the [Player Data] tab in the Scenario Editor
Lastly the host cannot determine when the game starts. If you choose [Human] under "CONTROL’ inside the [Player Data] tab you cannot place a computer in the empty slot. This rule prevents the host from starting the game early by simply filling the empty slots with a computer.
This was working fine before the update; aside from the many other issues that it had and the update ignored to fix.
In addition, Scenario Games keep randomly OOSing 5-10 minutes into the game. Sometimes 30 minutes into the game. It is completely unexplained as to what causes it. One major problem that is very consistent is the ‘playtest’ feature. After you playtest an scenario 3-4 times the next playtest will crash your game. Sometimes losing the work done. One latest bug is the entire screen going dark.
This was only 11 minutes into the game
It is important to know that the dark screen effect was throughout the entire player base within the game. Meaning, every person currently playing the game had their entire game dark mode. It was not just me.
Guys - is this pure lack of competence or is this the way Scenarios now work? What is going on here? Not only did the Custom Scenario community got the end of the stick now we can’t properly play our beloved scenarios b/c of these ridiculous bugs/changes.
Age of Empires II release was also a big mess and I understand you guys are working with the resources given to you by corporate. But this is beyond unacceptable to still see bugs back from 2005 and utilize the same Scenario Editor UI I used over 10 years ago.
Show the Custom Scenario community you truly care about us.