Hmm , not sure . Maybe they are talented people making games looks nice but they had broke my favorite game (aoe3) , aoe3 DE is a hot mess , the performance is HORRIBLE and the readability + unit models is actually WORSE than aoe4 , you just can’t say no , all units in aoe3 are all the same or at least look the same .
Aoe4 Beta actually have better performance BY FAR than aoe3 DE , I had never been disconnected from a match in aoe4 for example.
So in conclusion (keep in mind this is my opinion)
Aoe4 : Cartoony graphics combined with realism , Units match with the art style , And it has great performance
Aoe3 DE : Great realistic graphics , units and style doesn’t match , Horrible performance
Graphics < Gameplay
Graphics < Performance
Do you know what ? Aoe3DE is like battlefield 5 , the best battlefield looking but the worst in the saga.
marcoracosta205jimmy19846071 The community recently started an AOE-3 photo contest. This shows how proud we are of the game for its looks. The graphics of AOE-4 lacks more vigor and detail. The only thing they really worked to make it look nice is the meadows and the terrain. However, they need a touch to make them more organic, just like trees.
yes they have, they had a closed beta. not to mention they have shown a lot of footage, which we can assume only to be things they want us to see.
generally speaking no, it is extremely rare that there are significant changes between Beta and release, usually its only bug fixing or maybe slight balance changes.
arguably it is actually easier to start from scratch, esp since AOE3s engine is ancient compared to AOE4s. sure you dont have to come up with original guidance art and can generally reuse animations already in game but on the other hand legacy issues with the engine and its limitations will also be a persistent issue.