I like the thumbnail screenshots added for Multiplayer > Quick Play map selection screen. Thanks for adding them, if they’re new. I think they’re quite helpful; wonder if they’re a result of my past feedback asking for screenshot thumbnails? Hope so Figured I’d make a formal suggestion/request now for the Single Player section.
May they be added to the Single Player > Skirmish map selection screen at some point, too? Maybe when rolling your mouse over an artsy thumbnail, it would show a screenshot from the actual map? Additionally, it’d be cool to rotate the thumbnail through different seasons if it can be snow, too, and different gaia/sheep/buffalo/turkeys possibilities it can or will have. Pause each rotation for a second or two.
Here’s the type of functionality that would happen if you hovered over the artistic thumbnail for Cenotes, for example (see screenshot below). Notice the pop-up above it. (Disregard the star icon, as that was from the Multiplayer screen; although I think adding ‘Favorites’ to single-player map selection would be nice. Also disregard the white arrow, of course.)
- The pop-up would be immediate/responsive; no delay or animated unfurling. Pop-up shouldn’t cover up the artistic thumbnail at all, as you may want to study both in-full at the same time:
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Here’s the Multiplayer screen I saw the cool screenshot thumbnails on…
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In one of my old lengthy posts from April, I had mentioned this idea in a bit more detail:
MAP SELECTION IMPROVEMENTS
When choosing a map where it shows a bunch of map tiles to choose from, the artistic representations aren’t detailed or clear enough to get an accurate account of what the map will look like.
I find myself having to actually launch a game with the map with “All Visible” to see what it looks like, then back out and pick another one because I don’t like it.
So, I wish you could hover over those artistic map tiles to see an enlarged pop-up preview using in-game graphics of what the map will actually look like in-game. (For simplicity and speed, it could just be a .JPG or .PNG image that pops up.)
Would like for that pop-up to rotate through different versions of the map you might see.
For example, rotate through its various foliage, trees, gaia, sheep/turkeys/buffalo food it might have, season possibilities, etc.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of turkeys as my food source or snow on my maps. I would be less apt to choose a map if I knew it had turkeys for food or high probability of snow.
Seeing a step in the right direction in-game already inspired me to bubble this up to its own thread.