This new version of Hostage is a three scenario campaign, a "present time fairytale" about the adventures of Jason, a naval captain from the (fictive) island state of Belovia.
The first two scenario's are basically the same compared to the old version, except for a new storyline, some changes in the victory conditions and improvements in playability, balance and environmental map design.
The third scenario, called Covid-19, is newly added.
Note: This campaign is made with the original scenario editor that comes with the AoE\RoR gold edition cd. I'm using the Upatch Hd v1.1-R4 to play the game fullscreen on a W10 computer.
I still haven't had the time to play through this update, but I have to say that just from the look of it I'm really impressed. Your map design skills have really improved a lot. I think it's great that you've stuck with the original editor. It shows, in a good way, and the style that results from this really has that classical scenario design vibe. These days it's kind of refreshing to open a scenario and just see a good mix of forest brushes being used. Strong download recommendation on this one!
There's something interesting about telling a story about Covid-19 in a game from 1997. Sometimes you can look back at something and tell that it's an obvious document of its time, but here there's two quite contrasting time periods on display. An early 2020's story in a late 1990's game. I hope you're doing well given the circumstances Kastanje57!