Now the giddy excitement is out the way, the DLC looks a bit weird to be honest. Now please don't take this as criticism of the DLC. I as a hardcore fan am loving the update and reworking of Cao Cao and Yuan Shao. If they do this for Liu Bei and other major factions I am going to be very happy.
But when you think about what you are actually getting in the DLC purchase it's not much. You are getting the 200 AD start date, which is fun but nothing incredible and Liu Yan. I find it very bizarre that you get Liu Yan in a Guandu chapter pack. Doesn't seem to make any sense. I mean I'm not complaining because I always wanted him, but it also doesn't fit thematically at all. And you are getting one new faction in a paid chapter pack? Why not Yuan Tan for Guandu and A World Betrayed? Very strange. They could have made Zhang Xiu playable in Guandu also (he's on the map). I thought AWB was stingy with only two new factions but we are getting even less here. If this is the precedent going forward then we aren't getting much in Chapter Packs.
In many ways it feels like we are paying for the game to be updated, which I don't mind personally as a hardcore fan, but how are casual players going to react to this? I can't see it getting good reviews. AWB was already much preferred by fans than other players and this adds even less.
It also makes me question how much more content we are going to get. On the main menu screen it looks like there is room for one more chapter pack:
And honestly I think we might only get one more. Liu Yan/Zhang as part of the Guandu DLC came out of left-field and if they were going to do a Yi invasion pack you'd think they'd save him for that. Sun Quan is a shoe-in for a Chibi or Three Kingdoms chapter pack (probably why they haven't put him in Guandu), but I don't know if we'll get even Ma Chao at this rate by how slowly they are adding new factions to chapter packs. I think Guan Yu at Fan Castle is a no hoper at this point honestly.
At this rate it could be northern expansion-chibi/three kingdoms pack for Sun Quan, and that's it. I personally don't mind because at this point all I wanted was Yuan Shao, Cao Cao rework and Liu Yan. I'm completely content, but how do you guys feel?