My 2 Cents on a better ME
Medieval Engineers (ME) has a great perspective on medieval building but it's lack in other departments such as pvp/pve is what I believe is leading to it's down fall.
If you'll listen I believe I can offer up some great ideas on how to reboot the game and bring in a much larger fan base.
First off we must ask ourselves a couple of questions, Why should people play this game over other games? Reign of Kings offers PVP and building in a medieval world so what is different about (ME)?
Yes you could say it's that the buildings have weight to them but so does 7 days to Die and that game has long died so that means it's not enough to have a weight gimmick to make people interested.
Now here is my suggestions:
Remove instant travel and add horses to the game. Being able to teleport around the map makes the world feel small and cheap, Like we're playing some Arcade game for a quarter.
The characters are dull, boring, much of the same, non-personal and for a medieval period game that is a death stroke to the game's community. People should be able to customize there characters, Wear armors, Wood,Leather,Bronze,Iron,Steel ++) and not just armors but clothing as well. People in this type of game are gonna want to RP and clothing plays a HUGE role in that.
Wild life is another important aspect of the game that shouldn't be over looked, When I look up in the sky I want to see a flock of birds migrating and when I look in the ponds I want to see fish swimming around, If I go into the forest I want to see deers,bears,boars,wolfs and a number of animals. The forest should be a host of all manners of life, not empty apart from twig bushes.
Food / Water/ Temperature / Sanity / Weight should all be factors of the world that should impact the player if not maintained.
The Animations for the character feel clunky! Get some better Mocap going and bring the characters to life with emoji animations. Some key ones are "Saluting,Kneeling,Bowing,Waving,Sad,Happy,Angry,Fist Pump,Face Palm,Roman Salute,lay down,Sitting,Brow wipe, Point, Taunts (1-5) You can think up the rest.
Now let's talk items In Reign of Kings there is over 400 items in the game, To be better than them you need to double that. That means we want everything from wood to apples and everything in between. There needs to be way more than a hand full of weapons and more than just building items. There needs to be so many items that players get a sense of depth to the game.
I should be able to make 50 homes and all of them have different items and look fully built inside. Rugs,Chest,Chairs,Tables,Book Shelves,Potted Plants,Vases,Books,Maps,Banners,Beds,Torches,Lanterns, Ect Ect Ect keep going till you run out of ideas and then look some more for more ideas. This is Critical! Don't forget Laces for the horses.
(Might want to do jousting tournaments/ Also add a duel feature so you don't kill the other player.)
Fishing - It should be apart of the game and yes you should be able to build a boat and sail around on it.
Live Stock - What is better than growing plants? Animals.
Pigs,Ducks,Sheep,Cows,Chickens,Horses ect. Ever seen a game that lets you ride a pig?
No? Add it! Be Different!
Major item to add is a gold coin item that can be used to as a type of money.
Enact region claims, Areas that players can establish that will tell other players that they're entering a kingdom. You could also add something that gives them an opportunity to read the regions laws.
The point here to save time is the expand the game with loads of content, better character customization and focus towards the RP/PVP players.
When raiding a castle it should feel fun and exciting but never at the point that the raider has the advantage. Castle walls and towers shouldn't fall at the first catapult shot. It should take a great amount of time to seige a castle.
One last thing,
Seasons! Winter = farms don't grow , Temperatures low enough to kill if caught outside for to long without proper equipment (Fur animal coats ect)
Spring = farms grow quickly
Summer = it's hot, farms grow at normal speed
Autumn = farms grow slower and it gets cooler.
Yes I want to see snow falling, Yes I want it to pile up on roofs, Yes I want to see storms and other very rare events.