I was kindly sent a key to try the beta version out. I can firstly report that there has been a lot of changes to the UI. Much of it is familiar to anyone who has played the game before. I think It looks great. I have done a couple of quick battles and started a campaign. The campaigns in this game are huge. The maps are all rendered in glorious detail which is one of the games major strengths.
The battles now are even better and because of the larger scale I can hear smaller engagements from the other side of the map as I am organising and manoeuvring troops from afar. The smoke effects are fantastic and it makes you think about wind direction adding another layer in the tactical thinking.
I am going to record a first impressions video later and get it up as soon as I can.
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