Photo Mode Camera Height Constraint Problem

:arrow_forward: GAME INFORMATION

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  • GAME BUILD #: ######
  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 11

:arrow_forward: ISSUE EXPERIENCED

While the photo mode is a nice new addition to the game, one thing I never liked about it is the camera constraint. We can not get too close to the ground in the photo mode (not even close to the normal eye level view), let alone go directly to the ground level (and even below!) like in the free cam mode of the scenario editor. One of my nostalgia is the free view in counter strike, where you can literally go out of the map from any direction.

Here I will present a serious consequence of (the current implementation of) the camera constraints. The photo mode seemingly breaks down when you are looking at elevated terrains nearly horizontally. Attached is an extreme case a save file with a musketeer standing under a really high plateau, just experiment with it, you will find it virtually impossible to get a close shot of the musketeer at a horizontal angle. I found this bug from a real game that unfortunately isn’t available now. I was trying to zoom in on a fight below a cliff and could not do it.

My suggestion would be to totally remove the annoying camera constraint so that not only will the bug be fixed but we can also have more freedom in camera placement. At least, the implementation of the camera constraint should be completely revamped. The current implementation seems to have interfered with functionalities outside the photo mode (See Photomode interferes with scenario editor 'free cam' for an issue that now seems to be fixed).

:arrow_forward: FREQUENCY OF ISSUE

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  • 100% of the time / matches I play (ALWAYS)

:arrow_forward: ############ STEPS

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Here’s the steps to reproduce the issue:

  1. Load the attached save file.
  2. Switch to photo mode.
  3. Try to zoom in on the musketeer at a horizontal angle.

:arrow_forward: EXPECTED RESULT

:point_down: What was SUPPOSED to happen if the bug you encountered were not present?
We should be able to zoom in the same way as if the plateau behind the musketeer were not present. Even better, the camera constraint should not be present.

:arrow_forward: IMAGE

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:arrow_forward: GAME FILES (SAVE / RECORDING)

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extreme_case.age3Ysav (8.9 MB)