Twitch numbers plummet, influencers jump off and thousands of amateur strategists put the game aside: How the frustration of sluggish updates is wearing down the community.
Everything could have been so nice: Just when Hera, one of the best players in the legendary second part, felt certain tiredness from its ranking matches and tournaments, Age of Empires 4 jumped into the breach and initially did a lot of things right.
From Starcraft, Warcraft and many other strategy games, people stream into Age 4’s multiplayer ladder, experiment with the different races and have fun getting better together.
But the longer they play and the more seriously they take the competition, the greater the frustration with the bugs, the lack of balance and the unspeakable indolence with which constructive feedback is translated into patches.
In an announcement video, professional player Hera said that while he would keep an eye on further developments, he was turning his back on the series for the time being. Instead, he’s turning to a game that he hopes will rekindle his love of self-improvement and competition, meaning League of Legends.
By the way, the full announcement video, in which he explains the background for this quite drastic step (for a channel with Age of Empires in the name) to his loyal viewers, can be found here: