We all should've seen this coming. When MTW2 was coming out, they said that they wouldn't do naval battles until they got it right (Or in other words a new engine).
Then CA said that the new game would be revolutionary and they wouldn't be going back to Rome...which obviously should've pointed out to something Imperial...
This is going to be great though. I enjoyed playing NTW mod but it just wasn't the same. MTW2 was nice in gunpowder but since we are dealing with early gunpowder it obviously wasn't that great. I've always enjoyed the tactics surrounding this era (Cannons especially).
The downside I'm reading from the articles are that cannons can explode and muskets can jam. That's going to suck a lot.