Hopefully the whole 3 generals things for the battles will add nice flavour : You can have a good trio, with you good martial king, a good Marshall and a highest noble of quality, or you could have a crappy trio with infighting during a regence.
This could emulate well an Agincourt type of situation, where the king wasn't there (crazy) and the seasoned officers (the marshall) got overuled by cocky incompetent dukes (Orleans, Alençon, etc..) who ended up charging like dimwits and causing a complete disaster.
I also hope that the whole war engine will be better. In CK1 you ended up using only your personal demesne soldiers most of the time because : 1 they were usually enough, 2/ you didn't have enough money to finance using your vassals' hosts. Only when the situation got tense did you start using your vassals troop. Hopefully in CK2, if you are at war with more than a rogue duke, you will have to draw on your vassals and you will be able to campaign with them, not go for ultra blitzkrieg before getting bankrupt...
Adieu O dieu odieux.... Signé Adam.
I hope we actually do get to choose which leaders are with which army, instead of CK1's automatic assignment.
Man, reading the description, I wonder if they could try to apply it to a recreation of the Roman Republic. The intrigue war between the roman families, the delusions of the sons of Famous Families (and Consular Commander) that they should be the one leading the armies of Rome against their ennemies. The effort of upstarts like Gaius Marius against people like Metellus Numidicus.
*sigh*, maybe a mod. Or maybe a game for later. In the meanwhile, I am so buying this game when it comes out.
Paradox, is it possible to buy some of your shares?
I am very excited about this. Good preview. I can't wait to start roleplaying medieval again. haha.
I am already picturing my future tyrant king of england. Execute them all! Off with their needy heads! You want to lead my army? Execution!
This is looking better all the time, but Q1 2012? Wow... that's going to be a long wait. And yet from the previews it seems to be moderately complete-ish as far as code goes? Is there a lot of research still to be done, maybe? Balancing, testing?
So yes .. in CK1, using vassal troops is free of charge, and will not bankrupt you
While I obviously don't like waiting as much as the next guy, I quite appreciate the design strategy Paradox is using with this. Getting the features done early on will give them about a year at this point to create and refine the AI, and also to deal with the inevitable bugs.