When you say embraced; I should re-iterate that this is just my opinion(s)/my vision(s)/my hope(s) or suggestion(s) for the future. How the game turns out may be different and is in the hands of the core developers; who as I understand will and have been asking for feedback/suggestions from the community.
As for how I would like to see light infantry operating in all of this:
ultimately your light infantry are skirmishers who can act independently from the line infantry for recon, skirmishing and drawing away resources from the enemy towards dealing with them. They likely historically operated in both loose skirmish and tighter formations so pushing light infantry into formations isn't specifically necessary but hopefully fear of cav and other melee infantry will push them to do so. Historically they weren't really intended to engage head on but where more used as harassment/skirmisher/recon forces to prepare the way for the line infantry (varies from unit to unit some where indeed front-liners I am sure).
I would like to see Light infantry weapons with some increased accuracy but not so much that its over the top. Game play needs to come first. It would be good if the light infantry can choose to have the following:
A choice of either:
- Smooth-bore musket decreased reload times (probably no bayonet to discourage melee with the class?)
- Rifle with increased loading times but more accuracy and no bayonet (rifles to be available to units where historically accurate I would assume)
Movement speed increase for the light infantry is fine and should encourage moving ahead of the Line Infantry BUT I don't want to see someone delaying an entire line battle because they can outrun everyone else and run all around the map as the last person alive (have seen this happen before). I think the speed bonus should require other light troops to be nearby if that's possible which might also help to get light infantry groups to stick together to each other and not Rambo out to much or/and would be nice to see a reduction in time left if only a few people are left alive. The fear of cav alone with melee penalties should hopefully push most infantry groups including light to act together. Just my thoughts and I am sure there are better ideas out there.
Nice video on light infantry of that era but mainly about Hungarian/Austrian troops.