Well patches... from experience... it tends to speed up closer to the official release date. All these critical last minute issues appear and you really are keen to include them if you can....
And so I was not to rush or add pressure--take another month if you need it.
I am back after a long time away and here is my take on ACW2:
Other than some relatively minor squiffles about small fonts and the large main pop-up window I wish was not dead center in the map as one plots moves, it all feels very good indeed, all the added on historical chrome and minutae much appreciated (submarines, cotton-clads, battle planner, card options to name but a few), and then of course the gorgeous extended map and artwork by the Italian artist.
and so, once again, I am curious as to what 1.05 has in store. Mea culpa