First of all: Wonderful job! OMG I've missed this game so much and now it is here - even looking better than ever!
Thank you, Thank you - THANK YOU!
I played the Prolougue (and loved every bit of it) and this autopilot/WC3 demo (loved it as well!).
I agree, that the initial time incrementation autopilot featured in Prologue was a bit tedious. (= AutoPilot 1 =AP1)
The "new" autopilot (AP2) is a spitting image of the WC3 one!!! Good job!
However - and I'm probably going to take some heat for this - one thing that used to annoy me, playing WC3+ was that when you Auto pilot, you get plunged right into the action, with no or little time to adjust your configurations.
In that perspective, I kinda like the AP1 style, because you can see that you are approaching the fleet and not just "jumping" in there.
The fact, that you have some time/distance to "configure" the energy-allocation before plunging into combat is a bit more... realistic???.
The feeling I'm trying to describe is best explained if you recall the mission in Prologue when you return from the "Zartoth patrol", as the cats ambush the Lexington.
There you get the sence of approach (from afar), have time enough to get ready, cycle the targets and selecting approach vector.
With the AP2, it would feel like I just jumped in there, guns blazing...
Truth is, that the pilots of Alpha wing (any wing) have several thousand 'kliks' to fly while observing the action ahead - getting prepared and making plans while getting closer. This would, ofcourse, be killer to the game-flow if no Autopilot was there, since traveling a 1,200.000km patrol at speed 80 would be... insane.
So what I am getting at is, that if one could combine the two - getting the theatrical/movie-style feel with the fly-by-cam (AP2) but also being able to get the feeling that you are flying a long time and distance to get there (AP1) by seeing the approach to the target area/fleet site.
Anyway - this is just my humble opinion. It is insignificant compared to the bohemuth of a job you guys are doing!
(But if you do not voice your opinions - they aren't heard, right?)
Stay cool and may progress be with you!