DiM wrote:AndyDufresne wrote:project maps will have a Foundry development period as well.
you mean the beta period?
that's just a little more than nothing.
nothing major is changed in beta.
at most a few bonuses will be tweaked and some very minor graphic nitpicks will be solved.
any problems that require a lot of work will be dismissed and not fixed.
so basically the map is still 99% decided behind the scenes and the foundry's influence is minimal.
look at africa 2 map which is much much better than any other map ever made in secret.
the impassables not only look bad/wrong/funny but they're also hard to spot properly. the connections are completely counter-intuitive and without bob there's a very high chance you'll make mistakes.
so any subjective graphical flaws put aside, the map has a major problem. despite a very easy classic style gameplay, it actually manages to be a complicated map "thanks" to its poor design.
i highly doubt thenobodies will start redesigning the map now to change this.
the map will most likely remain as it is, people will play it now that it's new then once they see how it plays the interest in it will quickly fade away.