+1 I share your thoughts.
I wish Slitherine the best of luck with its endeavor to create a sequel to Master of Magic, which was probably my favorite PC game of all time.
The game I thought was the closest I had found to being a sequel to Master of Magic was Triumph Studios’ 2003 release, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic.
I was thrilled to learn that Stardock was going to make a sequel to Master of Magic, but that plan fell through and Elemental was released in 2010 instead.
In 2014, Worlds of Magic was touted by Wastelands Interactive to be the successor to Master of Magic but ended up being just another big disappointment. I backed its Kickstarter and still haven’t received the DRM-Free version of the game I was promised.
So, yeah, I’m ready for a game done well enough that it will be a worthy successor to Master of Magic. I would even be happy if it just the graphics were updated. Just don’t screw it up, Slitherine.