I'd like to plead for the release of map editing tools. I know it has been discussed quite often but now that you have probably announced Rome 2's last campaign pack I think it is time to finally release them. I'm talking about campaign map editing. Battle map editing would be great, too, but if we can only have one I prefer the former.
I doubt any player opposes this but I guess there are second thoughts about this at CA so I want to discuss a few points that might hold the responsible guys back.Will campaign map editing tools hurt the sales figures of DLCs like CiG, HatG and WoS?
This is of course an important question. Let's not delude ourselves, money talks. But in my opinion campaign map tools wouldn't only not harm the sales figures, they would improve them.
If they would release those tools today, it would still take a lot of time till any high quality mods came out which could compete with DLC campaigns. My guess would be at least one year or two. DLCs are already quite cheap, by that time they will be cheaper and probably available in a gold edition. So most people would be buying them anyway and if they didn't CA wouldn't miss out on much.Why would they even improve the sales figures?
Well, if there are great mods for a game, the probability that someone buys it is greater. I for example bought the addon for Medieval 2 for the sole purpose of playing Third Age. Such mods add real value to the product.What happens if you release the tools too late?
The interest will be very low and there won't be many/any overhaul mods for this game. Just look at Shogun 2.If technically possible people might use the tools for TW: Attila which might hurt the sales figures of future DLCs.
That might be true but I'm sure the guys at CA can easily lock campaign map editing for Attila if and as long they are working on their own DLCs.Creating tools for the modding community will take some amount of work.
Yes, that's true but a lively modding community is the best that could happen to a game. So it's worth it.The community will be thankful.
Even if this doesn't directly transfer into money (it does long term) pleasing your customers should still be on your agenda. And in my opinion the benefits for releasing campaign map tools far outweigh the costs.
That's what I have to say concerning this topic. I may add some points if I or the community comes up with more.
PS: Just to show how epic such mods can be here is what the map in Third Age looked like:http://www.totalwar.cz/sites/default/files/third_age_map.jpghttp://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/michel_hermans/TATW31map-1.png