Well, the world map stutters weren't solved for me. What's more, I've noticed that many objects like fences and trees started appearing right before my nose. And trees on the world map are also rendered in front of my eyes. I don't remember if that was a thing in previous versions.
In one of my playthroughs I constantly kept getting the "Family feud" or "Find the daughter" quest. At that time there was only 3-4 village templates. I got tired of one and the same village very quickly.
No, thank you, the athletics progress is already slow enough in comparison to riding. I'd rather slightly decrease the speed bonus it gives, since on the level 70 and more your character feels and looks like Flash rather than an early medieval general.
A bit sad they did not include children education system. Nevertheless, it'll be interesting how the new rebellion mechanics may affect wars and snowballing in general.
Anyone have noticed the new villages and battlefields? So far I've seen only one new battlefield (it's in the desert canyon)...