I think the game is gonna suck tbh. Weeks ago I watched someone play a few series of the leaked game with the most up to date community patch in several different countries on youtube before he got banned and it just didn't look that interesting, I pretty much lost interest after seeing them.
Every nation is basically the same except the numbers are different, which I know being a video game you could be pedantic and say the same is true for Vic2, but Vic2 definitely had a "feel" to every country. Like in Vic2 you could play as Serbia and get taken for a wild ride, in Vic3 you play as Serbia and lose if you try and do anything because you lose any war with a neighbor because it's automated and they just squash you.
It's overly micromanagey with literally everything in the economy needing to be held by the hand and rivals Vic2's awful stack management, although I think this is one thing that will hopefully be drastically improved before release. What makes this more annoying is the whole discussion is full of retards who like the war changes because stack management was a nightmare, as if you couldn't just fucking change that instead.
Another change is that the new interest groups are unengaging, you just make a government out of the people who support the stuff you want to pass and then do it. There's no real struggle with anyone or anything, and if there is then it's a foregone conclusion of who will win that struggle. The player is empowered in places it's annoying like the economy, or in putting together a government where it's boring, and disempowered in things like war where the performance decides if you actually get to advance the game.
Also the map colors and shading look shit, and the war graphics look atrocious>>21808
It's most likely because they're woefully incompetent at programming AI, which would also explain the lack of capitalists. Although I suppose it ties into performance.