Over the past several weeks I've been working hard to make some major improvements to our map editor. Tonight, I'm happy to be able to share the results of that effort and demonstrate what our new editor can do for us.
The impetus for this work was that our old editor, while fully functional, was cumbersome and tedious to use. Our upcoming release includes one map that is larger and more complex than anything we have published in any of our past releases, and we found ourselves discouraged when we made attempts to create this map in the past. I look at this work as a long-term investment in this project that will pay off down the road as the map creation process will now be easier, faster, and more enjoyable.
For this release, the work on the editor is now considered complete. The major focus for the next month will be to use this tool to create the additional maps that we still need and to write the corresponding map scripts. A development snapshot release will be coming in the near future.