During your turn, if you clicked on a tile that a battle took place in would it be possible to zoom in on it and see a looped recording of that battle? Would it be possible to see ships that you designed fighting in that battle?
Would it be like watching a battle in SOASE where you have full control of the camera and can select and zoom in/out of whichever ship you want?
I know there won't be tactical battles that you can control in GalCiv 4 but I think it would be fun if you could watch the battles and control the camera zooming in and out, turning and panning the camera as you wish. You could do this in GalCiv 3 but I found the camera controls wonky and I couldn't watch the battles the way I wanted to.
Being able to watch the battles would be a great opportunity for some battle chatter from both sides. If you are clearly dominating the enemy then the battle chatter would reflect that e.g. "We caught them with their pants down".
The battle chatter would reflect the personalities of the species involved.
At the start of the battle there would be a broadcast from both sides, the side initiating the engagement would broadcast first.
If you are fighting an enemy similar to the Borg from Star Trek, at the start of the battle you would hear something similar to the infamous line "We are the Borg, prepare to be assimilated, resistance is futile".
If you are fighting the Drengin they would tell you how puny and pathetic you are and that they will crush you like the insects you are etc.
It would also be great if the battle chatter could give you an idea of how effective/ineffective your weapons/defences are.
When hearing battle chatter you'd also hear background effects that give you an idea of the health of the ship e.g. battle chatter from a ship at full health will be clear with some muffled weapons fire in the background. Battle chatter from a heavily damaged ship will have much more interference with sounds of explosions, decompression and screams in the background (unless it's Yor, the Yor don't scream)
If a ship is about to be destroyed you'd hear battle chatter like "power core going critical!".
This is probably beyond the scope of GalCiv 4 but it would be cool if you could zoom right up to the bridge of a warship and see the crew in action. Or watch as a mass driver punches a hole in the side of your ship causing that section to decompress and you'd see the venting of atmosphere and crew!
Will debris persist during the battle? It would be cool if an energy beam carved a ship into two and those pieces floated across the battlefield.