Lithuanians are the only civ without at least a historic battle.
Britons, Chinese, Japanese, Persians, Turks, Vikings, Koreans, Mayans, Spanish, Magyars and Slavs all lack their own civilization centered campaign (though Magyars, Slavs, and Turks are all played throughout the Dracula Campaign, and Spanish split time with the Saracens on the El Cid Campaign). All of these civs at least have a historic battle to their name or are featured in some campaign from P1 perspective but without the campaign focusing only on that civ).
Optimally i would release new campaigns for all those civs, but being more optimistic i would go with
Chinese, Lithuanians, Japanese, and maybe Koreans as 4 civs to give their own campaigns too.
I didn’t either At first, I really liked the events and idea of events, but cutesy profile icons and pretzel or flower projectiles only go so far with me… as we’ve discussed here, which I know you’ve joined in the conversation of:
Profile icons alone don’t do a ton for me, personally, no matter the art style… since I don’t play ranked games, or log into XBox Live (due to chat filter). I appreciate more substantive updates/enhancements as incentives. But that becomes a tough one since players who miss out on the challenges due to personal life commitments feel jaded if they miss out on substantive incentives
I looked and see the mods completely replace music/sounds:
“This is the official “Original Music” mod. This mod replaces all the 30 in-game tracks with original versions, as well as adds 6 randomly-picked expansion opening themes”
“This is the official “Original Sounds” mod. After downloading, restart the game for it to apply. This will replace all building and unit sounds, as well as UI sounds (notifications, buttons etc.) with the ones used in the original game.”
… this is not what I’m wanting; I don’t want to replace the new sounds/music completely. I just want the old audio added to the game; and then via in-game Options menu, specify if I want to listen exclusively to the old soundtrack, or new soundtrack, or shuffle tracks between them both, etc. as mentioned here back in March – and not have to worry about installing or uninstalling mods. (Can you even install/uninstall them mid-match?) And for sounds, a simple in-game menu toggle for them as well so it’s easy to flip back and forth between old vs. new. “Definitive Editions” on games sometimes do that… – let the player decide if they want to use the old assets, or new, via menus, hotkeys, or buttons (like in the case of Monkey Island where you can switch on-the-fly)
Main problem I see in adding tamils and georgians is the official campaigns would need to be edited.
A generic bantu would be ok but actual empires/kingdoms would be much better with a new building set.
I think that a great contribution for everyone could be the development of the game statistics. Since it has never changed. The game could introduce new interesting statistics, for example: a heat map.
A heat map where the player can see where on the map they have killed or lost troops. It could be very very interesting. Also, the heat map can be mixed with many variables.
I would like to see decaying skeletons come back into AoE2. Currently, AoE2 DE does not have decaying-skeletons bodies from death units…instead there is a “sinking body” animation that does not look appealing.