So 2 zoom levels for just strategical situation where you use the same graphic files? Plus one zoom on the city?How about this, you control 3.5 by 5.5 km tiles of city centres (or strategic places). And for the area's around that, you use a brush tool. So where industry is allowed and high rise vs low rise. I just like the idea of building stuff up close with more details. I missed that in civ (+ having some human element/story type thing). The world feels more real and alive that way. So you could have like 30-40 of those 3.5-5km tiles.
One thing - 30-40 cities? As far as I remember some strategy games after having so many provinces where you can really make decision I started becoming somewhat lost.
I have no experience with it. Looks really cool. Wait a bit with any buying, to have a chance to think about it.Edit:
Why not use Unity and start out with something like this?
It seems for a few thousand you can get full feature unity?
You download this for like 75$
Not sure what the downsides of Unity are, but several pretty good games have been made using Unity now.
Anyway, im creating some drawings of graphical feel, since I have seas of time on my hands (and some nice starting capital). This could really turn into something!
General idea of an AI (from free civ)