Right now there is a lot of discussion for how Co-op will work. With the developers wanting to do a system were 2 people will control with equal authority 1 faction.
Personally I’m not a fan of this setup. If you had one group of settlers to start with and I had a group to start with, I think that would be more fun. Watching trade between our two cites would be amazing in real time. Having my teem specialize in economics while yours specialized in an army would be equally cool.
Thats not to say I’m completely opposed to having control over each others towns. In fact I think I may have come up with a very good alternative.
Build in an option slider and slide it to…
0-If we want to be separate completely exempt for optional trade or gifts of money.
1-If we are aloud to control each others units (also 0).
2-if we want to be able to create more of each others units and to utilize each others buildings (also 0&1).
3-if we want total control, shared bank and building rights (also 0&1&2).
Think of it almost like a treaty system. If it was possible it might be cool to let players update this on the fly in game. I give you a certain level of control over my stuff and you give me a certain level of control over yours. and if your playing with someone who is a noob they could give you total control over them and you only give them level 1 that way you can show them how to play without any risk to your own.
So what do you guys think?