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Coder Diary #25 -- New 2D Map Modes!
Not quite so much text in this Coder Diary. I'll mainly let the screenshots do the talking...
Fulfilling a much requested and long awaited new feature, in the forthcoming release of Middle East, we bring you two new 2D Map Modes
2D Zoom-In View (assigned to hotkey 4) -- 2X the size of the traditional largest 2D display, 2D Zoom-Out View (used to be called 2D Normal View)
2D Normal View (hotkey 5) -- the new "normal", 1.5X the size of 2D Zoom-Out View
to go with the traditional
2D Zoom-Out View (hotkey 6)
2D Extreme Zoom-Out View (hotkey 7) -- 1/2 the size of 2D Zoom-Out View
not to mention the traditional 3D Normal View (hotkey 1), 3D Zoom-out View (hotkey 2) & 3D Extreme Zoom-Out View (hotkey 3) -- no new 3D modes there.
In other words, we now have four 2D display modes:
2D Zoom-In View, aka Zoom2D100
2D Normal View, aka Zoom2D75
2D Zoom-Out View, aka Zoom2D50
2D Extreme Zoom-Out View, aka Zoom2D25
Oh, I promised fewer words, more pictures. Here you go...
A screenshot of the new 2D Zoom-In View (Zoom2D100, hotkey 4):
Another 2D Zoom-In View screenshot:
(Maybe resize up to 100% your browser display in order to see the full effect.)
And still another 2D Zoom-In View, a favorite one, of the Jerusalem 1967 scenario:
A special nod and tip of the hat to Warhorse, for his stunning NATO icons!
Those are screenshots of the largest 2D views. Following are some screenshots of the 2D Normal View (Zoom2D75, hotkey 5):
(Again, resize your browser display to 100%, actual size, in order to see the full effect.)
Another 2D Normal View screenshot:
And still another:
These new, larger 2D display modes join the traditional, down-sized display modes.
A screenshot of the 2D Zoom-Out View (Zoom2D50, hotkey 6):
(Remember to resize to 100%!)
What you see in these screenshots is mostly what you'll get in the forthcoming Middle East game. The overall look is set. What will still change are some of the details. It's an ongoing process, beautifying here, fixing an artifact or glitch there. The smallest 2D Extreme Zoom-Out View (hotkey 7) requires the most tweaking, and is not ready for unveiling here and now. Later, in due course, in the weeks ahead.
This expanded roster of 2D views is a potential game changer. Many players will shift to playing entirely, or mostly, in 2D, with just the occasional switch to 3D to see those pretty pictures. In 2D, it's possible to take in, in a single glance (no scrolling), a much larger view of the map.
Oh, the Big Question: Will you be enjoying these new, larger 2D modes in the JTCS games (EF, WF & RS)? Yes!! Eventually, not soon, not until 2016's "mega patch". But it's coming!
We continue to work furiously, prepping for the anticipated release of Middle East sometime in 2015. Graphics work, new scenario & OOB development, playtesting, a bit of new coding, and bug fixing and all all-around QA continues. With a short respite around the Holidays.
Until the next time...