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  1. NEW THREAD HERE Read_the_old_thread_here Hi all, I love this post. and have enjoyed checking it occasionally to see the responses from players. I figure it's probably time for me to weigh in. First, I think the OP did a fantastic job organizing information and data about Midtown. We do have quite a bit in the archives, but the work was all temporary and never intended for the final product. Second, I don't think the current version of the game would benefit from LO building out Midtown right now. In my opinion we need to make sure there is enough content in the current 2 action zones so they can progress characters and get matches. Having said that, we do have some ideas for possibly incorporating Midtown in the future when the game has different matchmaking and streaming systems. As others have mentioned, I also think it would be fun to free roam and drive all over the map from district to district. Thanks, Matt ------ Thank_you_very_much_for_the_response! @MattScott I will keep working on Midtown as long as I can (As a video game designer student this project is the perfect sandbox for me hehe) I hope that one day it could be used for something! ============================================================================================ Hi there ! First of all I'm sorry that this thread is not originally supposed to be posted in creations However I would like to give it some time to sit right here because this is a very important topic for me and I think that can help APB somehow Well this whole project is based on APB... This is project Midtown which is a project I started few years back and also posted a thread about it on the old forums. It was abandoned but right now with the new management and with the news that APB is going to be ported to Unreal Engine 4 I hope that there could be a reason that Project Midtown could be renewed! ---------------- Now let me tell you about Midtown! ---------------- My name is Nick and I play this game for about 6-7 years I always loved APB and it's great potential and lore So when I was in high school (So about 3-4 years ago) I tried to make a project based on APB and it's lore As you may know San Paro is a big place There is a lot of lore files hidden mainly in in-game email you receive trough time. My favorite place in San Paro to read about is Midtown. So one day I downloaded Sketchup and started to model something that looked similar (in my vision) to the Midtown District as described ingame in email and by contacts.. I looked for references and some of old APB videos that apparently may have been some sort of early versions of the district as well as making (As seen in the image above a mock-up of full San Paro.. References such as APB Retribution and old leaked content helped to base the theme of the project. Also I took an existing concept of the Midtown District and copied the clock sized and the roads.. =================================================================================== As you can see Midtown is a bit south out of what is known as Financial District ==================================================================================== Based on concept art and lore it's quite easy to see what the original developers were going for.. =================================================================================== I started with basic concept of a building and expanded from there First I looked at the concept art and then I tried to model something similar Later I discovered that it is better to stick to current APB sized (Such as base ladder is 4m and etc.) Current version is APB size based Recently I tried to import the map to MAYA and work on it and there are some results.. =================================================================================== CONCEPT Sketchup Maya ==================================================================================== Eventually it's planned to test if the ready blocks can be exported to Unreal 4 And now as we know Little Orbit is working on exporting APB to UE4 Anyhow few years back I made a thread on APB forums describing my work and also tried to gather a small team of people who may want to help with the project. So for example Queen of Love helped with designing 3D models and was in charge of a block's environment design... Soon enough the map started to look a bit more alive It is far from being finished however there is a base image of environment to you can see the basic gameplay that is possible on this map. For example on the image below you could place the RAMP prop in APB and cars can get into the balcony of the Police Department Building =================================================================================== Here we can see the Letsby court of Midtown (as described in the lore emails) it's concept version.. PAINT 3D =================================================================================== Next step was importing some APB models So I used Jenz's NinjaRipped models from the game and placed the m in Sketchup This was somewhat the result: This is the same place in Maya And view in Paint 3D ==================================================================================== There been a lot of versions of some spots and it should be all balanced Here is an example of such place First image represents never seen environment feature of APB i would like to implement - Vents. And second is more closed environment based on current level design seen ingame =================================================================================== Some areas still need a lot of work and it is not clear yet in which direction some of the map changes should go However if it it possible that the map will be implemented it should be balanced on the used game mode/cars and weapons (Green spot is place of Dump Truck) =================================================================================== So to cover this all there is still a lot of work to be done however I see a possibility that this version of Midtown (Or some parts of it) Could eventually be used ingame.. Midtown's streets are based on existing lore name and some parts of it are combined with Red Hill district To compare the actual planned size for the map you can compare it to existing 2 mission districts... =================================================================================== Some concept envirompents ==================================================================================== So in the end when the map will be processed in Sketchup/Maya and other programs for designing and modeling as well as ported into Unreal 4 I hope that it could be actually used for APB:Reloaded on Unreal 4 as a map that could be used as a mission district or entirely new game mode! @ Little Orbit team Hi guys I'd like it if you could answer if this project is something that is worth working for to export it to APB I think it will be a great addition to the game considering you guys would like to add new maps to the game In any case it's great to see that you guys are working on expanding the game and I hope that the future for you and APB will be awesome! To finish off I'd like to say that this is a very exciting project for me because it may let me insight into real video game level design which is also very good for my studies of video game art design. I don't know what will happen to this district next but I could always use this map with few changes in my own projects.. Still I hope that one day this project may come alive! Thanks for your time! -Nick Ellix
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