A very nice article with interesting content to read, especially for me :)
And yes. The over-head icons are turned off by default, and these are required to see the cover feedback above soldiers (you can still see them kneeling while within the cover zone). They are turned on using the H key. We chose to make them turned off by default to avoid overwhelming information to new players. This decision can, as all decisions can, be discussed.
Too bad that James (the writer) didn't like the if-one-solder-moves-so-must-the-rest "feature". It was a tough decision. It limits the player but also makes game more fluid - so that you can just click your orders away, not having to select it for each soldier separately. Since the game is played in such a way that one player have to wait for the other, we valued this. I have a long background in miniature tabletop gaming, like warhammer and warmachine and such, where such behaviour is standard. I guess that affected my judgement too.
< Message edited by Laxen -- 4/5/2012 4:21:04 PM >
Lead Designer at ZEAL Game Studio