Well, we have seen so far some Adventure Map shots, but not the whole interface. What suggestions do you have and, later on (when the first shots will be out), what comments?
I'll start with one thing really bugging me in Heroes IV. The screen & computer resources didn't allow me to play the game in the highest resolution two years ago (when I was playing the game), so I don't know if this is available for all resolutions.
Anyway, what I remember, was that for the hero/creature list on the adventure map, I had 3 shields in the right side of the screen, and I remember I was really getting bored (not to say smth else) scrolling those 8 slots up & down every single day, in search for the next hero/creature I wanted to move. In the period when I was playing the game all day, I must have been clicking 1000 times per day only on that scroll bar.
I deffinetly don't want that back. The interface in Heroes III was way better (also in design & ellegance if you ask me), with 5 out of 8 available (instead of 3 out of 8). It doesn't sound like much of a difference (from 3 to 5), but it actually was. If you calculate the mathematical probabilty of needing one of the 5 heroes out of 8 (H3) and you compare it with one of the 3 out of 8 (H4), you'll see the real difference. I don't know if also the gameplay made a difference (only heroes in H3, also creatues in H4). It actually did I think, as In H3 you kinda knew your hero order, you didn't have to look for it. In H4 you always recruited, took creatures out or in the army etc, and the list always chanced, so you couldn't always remember it. I think I was using the scroll only 2-3 times a day (in-game day) in H3, while in H4 20-30 times a day. If you multiply this with 50-100 days (of the whole scenario), you really get to huge numbers.
I also like a nice design for the interface, but the design shouldn't affect the ergonomy. I would go for the H3 system, or even better: all the 8 slots (if they will be 8) to be available, in, let's say, two colomns of 4.
Also for the owned towns I would like less scrolling (3 out of all was really too less sometimes).