Okay, this is might be just me but I thought I should be fair and at least post why. I haven't been testing much because I get frustrated at each and every game and just rage quit.
Why? Because the AI is stupid but it "Cheats" a lot.
The civilization AIs are just stupid. Ceresa is trying to be a warrior and just fails. They pick weird mixes of gear and items that don't do well. But what they do do is get a free pass from the wilderness. I'll just start clearing an area of monsters to place a city there and in wanders a pioneer and sits down right next to a Dragon, Demon, or Elemental Lord and gets generally ignored.
On the other hand, I get attacked by a pack of Demons while my sovereign is racing to get to level 7 and they wander through and destroy a couple outposts, ruin a city and surrounding terrain and wander off ignoring the other civilizations. I can't do a lot of civilization planning because the other sovereigns are too weak to offer a challenge and the wilderness just idly destroys me for no reason when it feels like.
I like the mechanics and I think the game is making good progress but I'm taking a break until we get a better AI patch.