Ashes didn't really grab me, but Escalation is doing a much better job thus far (this is just Skirmish, RTS campaigns aren't my bag typically). I haven't played Ashes in a while so I haven't seen what all the updates brought along the way, but everything looks and feels better and cleaner. I'm also really loving the additional defenses and building upgrades!!
One question: Is there a way to specify which factories to produce units from when ordering them from an Army? I had an Army out in the field and it was quite a ways from my base, so I moved a constructor unit out there to build some frontline production facilities. I then requested a cruiser from my Army, but it queued it up way back at my original base, not the factory they were right next to (note: I wasn't building anything else at the time, in any of the factories). Is there a way I can say "Hey, use the factory right next to you, dummy!" ?