Many of you expressed concerns about the zoom level. “Too close to ground”, “Give us more zoom out”…
We’ve already heard those critics during the VIP Beta. At the time we addressed them by reducing the base buildings’ size, which was in our opinion the most critical aspect.
Though, we were thinking of taking the camera’s height a step back. But here at the studio, we didn’t reach a consensus about it. So we’ve decided to wait for your feedbacks.
Well, it appears from many of your feedbacks that you are asking for it 🙂
Technically, zooming out decreases performances, linearly at the best. So we can’t simply change the height like the community’s Zoom mod, because some players would see their performances fall down too severely. We also thought about making it a graphic option, so that the machines with better settings only could use it, but we feared it would give an unfair advantage to some players. And we want to guarantee good graphics for everyone, instead of forcing some people to downgrade them if they want to enjoy a max zoom out.
So we reworked and tweaked the engine to allow a zoom without impacting the performances at all.
The result is a 30-40% smooth zoom out, which is pretty much what the community is asking, and as much as the community zoom mod!
By the way, you’ll also have the possibility to block the Satellite View access using the mouse wheel, in the options menu.
The patch including the zoom is, as usual, imminent™ 🙂