Hi everybody, I have tested the new DLC twice and I think that the current directions taken by Amplitude are not for me. It's a pity as I liked the game so far and had great expectations.
There is nothing I am enthusiastic about in this new DLC, I find the new features annoying at best, and the Metternich update added things to the core game I find very grating. My main gripe is the stealth system. I appreciate a "fog of war" in strategy games, but 6 units armies you can't spot even from an adjacent hex is pushing the concept too far in my opinion. OK, may be am I exagerating a bit because I am very disappointed, but I think that you get the idea. And I don't think that ambush is a clever addition to the game. Cumulated with the stealth system, this is something that I find terrible.
Agents are just more units to build and to move on the map, adding to the micro management. I would have prefered an abstract system. Agents that cost a full population to build, the same as an army, are also something that feels strange to me. Since the update, I am harrassed by stealth notifications, hidden units there, hidden units this way, hidden units this other way... This is exhausting.
I don't appreciate the leverage system and the World Council (I play in French so I am not sure of the name) neither. Do this ! Do that ! I feel like I have no more agency.
I won't play again until the next big update as I don't find the game fun anymore in its current state. But I am wary as many changes have been applied to the core of the game by the update, I can't get rid of them by removing the DLC. Too bad.