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I have always been baffled by the inclusion of unnecesary SR nations in Vortex campaign. Not only Sartosa is too much far away in the east to be relevant for the setting, but also Sudenburg should have been an imperial colony. Their inclusion as SR nations in the beginning of game 2 development, along with many peculiarities from game 1 (SR's unique buildings, unique techs for Norsca and so on), always made me certain that DOW were a given as game 2 campaign pack. Until vampirates. The fact that Sartosa passed from being a SR nation to a VCoast one in the middle of the development sounds, imho, as a clear change of plans by CA.
Part of the reason could easily be found in the bigger appeal of a zombie pirates DLC, and in the fact that CA may have wanted to pick the opportunities offered by a race not so easily fitting game 3 setting.
However, this doesn't explain, imho, pushing SR/DOW away from game 2 and dropping tonnes of lord packs.
I think is quite established that the return of GW Old World has been heavily influeced by the success of TWW 1 & 2. I think we can say that the inclusion of Cathay and Kislev in game 3 (which seem not to have been in the original leaked project) could be the consequence of GW's will to return on Old World after the above-mentioned success (solving meanwhile the 'only evil starter races' problem that the original project had). I think this happened during game 2 development.
Maybe I'm inferring something obvious but I wanted to know your opinion about this: isn't possible that the pushing away of SR/DOW from game 2 was due to GW wanting to expand them in Old World project (as it seems plausible from recent BP revelations) and to release them as TWW3 campaign pack in a second moment (the same way they are doing with Kislev and Cathay)?. Should we expect them as a very likely late TWW3 campaign pack because of this, and so expect pre-order not to be a SR/DOW race pack?
P.s. I've been lurking the forum since late 2016, but only now i fought laziness and decided to make an account and write ^^ so, hello folks!