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Hi guys! Like last year around this time I announced my jungle, PKL, this year is no different.. Some of you have followed my experiments the last few years in creating some terrains from my homelands without being able to make publishable results. My goal is to recreate the environment I see if I go 1 hour east of my hometown into the mountains. I have finally found some suitable map frame specs and a location that is interesting and unique enough to make it worth my time and effort completing. That in addition to the multitude of problems with seriously aging game engine technology and Arma specific limitations in RV has me finally landing on the following: This is VIDDA: 12x12km with 3m cel size (terrain detail) Norwegian mountain tundra in the summer. Altitude varies from 800-1200 meters. Almost the entire terrain is above tree limit altitude but some spread small forest areas are added to the lowest valleys for gameplay options.(subject to change as custom veg is decided upon) Midnight sun because above the polar circle. (Locals should approve :)) 1 Village with most facilities 1 Border crossing 1 military base with long runway More info: Though it has snow, this terrain is set in the summer. The area looks like this from october to march. If it was a winter terrain, roads would look like this. Even in the spring it can be a chore to keep roads open. Some times a LOT of the snow sticks around for the summer. You can go skiing all year round and when the sun is shining you can wear a tshirt and pick flowers next to the snow. If you are into that sort of thing. The terrain itself is imported from LIDAR scans but heavily altered proportionally to conform to Arma limitations and to maintain expected funcitonality, mainly regarding AI. It has been scaled down slightly in area and significantly vertically.. Nobody likes ai tanks driving down vertical cliffs 500m tall right? Or Howabout when AI choppers fly into a cliff for no reason? The snow on the terrain is of the kind that will stay all through the year and is practically ice in terms of interacting with it. Hit one of them with a vehicle and the vehicle will be affected more than the snow pile. This is authentic. 3m cel size allows for nice snow piles being formed and tactical possibilities with them are endless. Hulldown vehicles, hiding infantry, sneaking up on the enemy and the tactical possibilities with using terrain detail to your advantage are the same as on PKL. In the actual terrains, there are very few structures and only one road. It is from a national park area. For Arma fun reasons, I've added pretty much everything required on a terrain however. This being much easier to do than recreating a settled area. This means that every area that would be a big pond or a smal lake, have been transformed into settlements or other industrial are/mil installation. In my older Norway terrain attemps, Not having placeable water above sea level has been one of my biggest headaches as water is vital in an area defined by it. Small bodies of water are on the way however as the community has come up with some solutions to that. The terrain coordinates have been placed a few degrees further north to accentuate the arctic lighting. Currently working on rewriting lighting configs.. more on that later. The first public iteration of the terrain will be up on my workshop before spring. After that it will follow a cycle similar to PKL, as they alternate in priority. Gameplay wise you can expect pretty much the same as my second favourite map ever, Takistan but with mountain vegetation and snow patches instead of sand. With a similar feel and enough terrain detail to accurately recreate the actual terrain I grew up in.. It takes More than half an hour to drive the main road within speed limits from end to end and an AI in a hatchback does it in 15-18 minutes if his waypoint is set to fastest. Ai perfectly navigate via roads from end to end of the terrain with single waypoints. Technically the terrain is playable as it is currently, but I need to add a few layers of vegetation, rocks and other objects (as many custom as possible becuase native plants, geology etc) before a release to the public. All of the objects also need to be appended to terrain masks and imagery too. I will post pics and info updates in here as I go. For more up to date stuff, you can find me on twitter. Happy New Year! More coming shortly! Daytime. Midnight sun. View from one of the highest peaks. Midnight sun Outside terrain matches the mountains as much as possible to enhance jet gameplay. It sort of makes the terrain feel vast when you are at altitude. This done instead of coastline as coastline would remove at least 1/3 of the map frame due to procedural terrain and the look didn't work. There are enough islands out there with mountains. The north eastern part of the terrain by the old soviet border crossing has mostly flat tundra that can allow you to build airstrips or outside the map staging areas for larger scale ops. Enough area is left outside the border fence that improvised strips can be placed there aswell but still within a narrow strip of the mapframe (compatibility with ALiVE etc). In the videos below, there are 100s of ai and over 50 ai vehicles going about their day. 8km view range and 2.5km objects. MEDIA: My new years resolution, white lie, pinkypromise thing is to release this terrain to the public asap.
Features: 30x30km 3 large islands, 3 small and a few tiny ones. 1 city with suburbs on island of Gamle Erik 1 Municipal airport in main city. 1 improvised landing strip 4-5 fishing villages. 100s of cabins, shelters and hunting/nature sites all over. (using as many enterable structures as possible) 10 marked mil locations and lots more unmarked. Race track. Long Rally track. Vehicle proving grounds. Actual terrain from Norway. Fictional country of Nordheim. No mod dependancies. 100% custom terrain and road textures. Retextured and nordified European A2 objects and vegetation.(long term, slow progress) More info and media coming asap. Biggest thanks to: TeTeT, Uro, Horriblegoat and Lappihuan. You guys are great and your help improves my mojo!