Hi all !
Yes I hope too that the planetary battles will be better than in galciv II !
Hope the developers will programming planetary ground defenses like planetary phaser cannon / missile launcher / mass-driver guns and
planetary shield-generators to defend against bombardment with asteroid-mass driver ! Then the planet is able to defend without a fleet in orbit !
Only the biggest ships like battleships or titans should be able to use asteroid bombardment ( frigates are to small ) and asteroid-mass driver
must be researched !!
How wonderful would it look like if an "BATTLE SCREEN" would opening with a fleet of battleships firing their asteroid-mass drivers against the planet
with big explosions on the surface and the planetary defenses firing back with all guns they have !!!
If a defending fleet is in orbit too then it will be a very hard battle because the attacker fights against a fleet supported by planetary defenses.
Only if the planetary ground defenses are destroyed you can invade the planet with your ground-forces carried in your troop transporters.
Then (I think like you) the ground battle with infantry and tank battaillons and may be atmospheric fighters can begin !
There are so manny examples for good ground battles in other games but the best ground battles in strategie games i ever seen was in
Imperium Galactica II an old realtime game.
OK. Hope the developers read this post. Hope this was no stupid idea from me . lol