Hoping this could be a fun little “food for thought” question. AH can’t talk to us about the Secret New game (maybe not for years), but I think we could just talk a little about features (big or small) that we wanted in Helldivers, that we didn’t get, but would like in the new game. Or minor annoyances that we’d like the new game to take a different tact on, etc.
I realize this is kind of a leap of faith because it’s possible Secret New Game is in some other genre or has little in common with AH’s last few games (Helldivers, Gauntlet, Magcika). But let’s just assume it’s somewhere vaguely in the same gaming arena but much more ambitious.
I had a couple things. Here’s one.
Squad Camera Lock Improvements
I was never someone who complained about the 'camera lock" with squads as a concept. It just drove me crazy when my guy was injured and crawling – this always appeared to “break” screen lock, so then if a squaddie walked away from me, the screen scrolled past me and I could no longer see myself or have any awareness of surroundings (the pointer arrow helped not at all). 99% of the time this caused instant death.
My suggestion had been maybe having a little “mini video popup” that just showed your downed character and immediate surroundings. At least enough to know where I was and what was around me, and even if I’d been able to get up off the ground at all. Easy for me to say, not easy to code So I would just say I hope that if Secret New Game has squad screen lock, that it has some way to better handle injured, crawling players’ characters impacts on the screen lock effect.