Never Ending is a collaborative mapping experiment between me and Trempler. We worked on it on and off since April 2016. Finally this crazy map is seeing the light of day. Have fun.
Some descriptive updates here: I think it was me who came up with this idea of making a map collaboratively. But it was Trempler who made the initial piece. Then we slowly cobbled the layout. In the process we referred to the project simply as the "collab". In the beginning the pace of map exchange was rather steady but only when recently Trempler asked me when are we going to release the map, there was already a year or two of no work. I guess we have been busy with the so called real life. Tremp would return his contribution far quicker than I would, usually I would take months, days at best, he would sometimes send it back hours later. This method of exchanging the map is not that bad. Although I would boast and say that me and Trempler are on a similar level as mappers. Definitely he is more productive though. Not sure how would this go on if the contributors were very differently experienced. Trempler added some highly detailed stuff and even though we tried to optimize it as much as possible, there was still an area nearing 5000 polies and there wasn't much we could do. But I would say the map is playable. Even on my Intel graphics and 1.7Ghz CPU. One thing I learned is that func_detail in some cases is still not as good as real entities like func_wall when it comes to very small details. Also this map greatly benefited from a tool called Map2Curve by ToTac who recently released the tool here on TWHL. Many of the curved pipes in this map were remade with his tool for the release, saving probably a few hundred polies. Basically it is able to create toruses aka donuts without triangulation. I planned to make the rocket fly in the beginning of the development years ago but only found the motivation to do it soon before release. So I recommend everyone to try this way of mapping. It is fun and probably gives you some experience of teamwork.