Nice little discussion. Me personally I think that CA will be most likely making the same mistake. I saw what they "Improved" upon with Napoleon and to be frank I wasn't all that impressed.
I'd like to see new features like that supply line in NTW that was very good and probably my favourite aspect. Now with Shogun I'd like to see some sort of popularity meter and when you reach a certain level of being named Shogun other factions will take more of a shape against either friend or foe.
This hero system sounds exactly like the generals. An armour customisation and making my own clan would also be handy features to have in the game I believe.
So do you think that they're going to fail with this like in Empire or do you think it will hit a success?
What also would you like to see added?