From: Near Portland, OR
A few notes...
I tried WITP AE about a year ago, but found it lacking due to a few issues. I returned now to ask if some if them have been solved meanwhile.
Is it now possible to create new airgroups ingame, in mid-scenario?
I found it troubling to not being able to adjust the strategy away from the historical existent airgroups.
This is a feature that will never be added because it's out of scope for this type of game. You have tremendous flexibility to reassign air units and with PDU on, you have even more flexibility with what type of aircraft are assigned to each unit. With mods, you can create a large number of extra air units if you want. The editor is very flexible.
Allowing players to create air units could easily spin out of control and allow unrealistic numbers of air units.
Do several subs in one fleet attack now? I never managed to get a wolfpack engage any enemy. Only single subs seem to enter combat.
The sub war in the game is not as well modeled as it could be. The US was the only navy in the Pacific and Indian Ocean to employ wolfpack tactics and they didn't do it until 1944. To model wolfpacks correctly would require some bit of redesign with a start date. The game is still getting tweaked, but this is pretty much out of scope for current development.
Do midget subs attack now? They just did not attack anything.
Midget subs are poor by design. They were not very effective in the real war and that was modeled in game. Since day 1 some lucky players have seen midgets hit a target from time to time. But it's rare because it was rare in the real world.
Is it possible to start construction of new ships in mid-scenario?
This again is out of scope for the game. The Allies don't have any control over ship construction at all. The Japanese can advance ships in the queue and delay or cancel other ships, but if a ship isn't designated in the scenario file, it can't be built. A player can always do a mod with new ship construction and there are a lot of what if mods with ships not in the official scenarios. But allowing the Japanese to built new ships not in the scenario file would be massively gamey.
WitP AE - Test team lead, programmer