Absolutely agree - the Zoom Levels really should have been there initially. I know the game was getting torched by some YouTubers for its "DOS-like graphics" (as I think one of them said).
That didn't bother me at all; as a tactical boardgame wargamer, I bought if for the play, not the counter art.
But not including things that even the first initial - relatively successful - attempts at porting board wargames to desktop/laptop had (Tiller's games, for instance) - like zoom levels, options for NATO symbols on the counters, options for seeing a bit more number-crunching details under the hood (a huge reason that keeps ASLers and their ilk from playing PC games) - was troubling to me.
I bought the game in spite of those - hoping later patches may bring some of those along - and so, far am glad I did. But something like Zoom levels beyond just the Jump Map seems like a "Need To Have" rather than a "Nice To Have" for game like this to me.
Still putting it through its paces though - we'll see if this is less an issue as time goes on. Or, gets trumped by bigger ones.
If the end doesn't justify the means, what does?