Especially with the hypothetical armies fucking China could field. Yeesh. But yeah, that's why I'm sceptical. As much as I'd love to do a medieval Japanese Empire or even play in Southeast Asia beyond Burma, the giant China-sized hole in the map makes it very unlikely. Maybe they'll do a "Silk Road" type thing like they did in CK2, where China is an off-map entity you can interact with.I think they'd need to be some major performance improvements first to stop things grinding to a halt in the late game
Edit: I should clarify, without mods. I'm aware several mods add this content. I tend to avoid mods that change too much.