First off, I would like to say thank you to all of the people who contacted me over the past couple of months concerned about where I have disappeared to, and I apologise for not responding to you all. I am doing very well, and I apologise for my absence from the forum.
Many of you may know me as the person behind the Greater London & Central Map (GLaC) and my version of the Wright Gemini 2, which I started working on in September 2014, and it is with great regret that I am announcing that these projects are no longer work-in-progress, due to many reasons that I will explain below. While I was confident that the progress of the GLaC map, Wright Gemini 2 and Clayford Westferry was going very well (and many of you might have seen from the images I posted on this forum), I quickly ran into complications with the creation of the map.
One pressing issue is the time I had to work on the GLaC map and buses. Many of you know that I was 16 years old when I started the GLaC map and the buses, and months after I started, work on the map conflicted with the work I had to do for my 6th form college studies. This wasn’t an issue at first, but more and more of my time was being allocated to my studies, as it really should be. Eventually during the 1st quarter of 2015, progress was eventually halted to make way for my studies and, to this very day, It is extremely hard to find the time to work on anything OMSI-related.
Another issue that I ran into whilst making the map was the legality of using the objects from various sources. For example, some of the real-life building objects were sourced from the Trimble 3D warehouse, which were free to download, but most of these objects that I used in my map came with personal usage license, and I would be breaching this term if I distribute it to the OMSI community.
The incompatibility when it came to left-hand-drive vehicles was yet another issue that I ran into whilst making the map. In total, I ran 42 tests on the map, where I noticed errors with the AI cars not behaving as they should. Many errors caused the game to lag severely while trying to handle the spline paths on the map.
The issues I had with the GLaC map regarded the objects and custom junctions that I created for it, which worked in previous versions of OMSI 2. However, in newer versions of OMSI 2, these objects seem to not work and tiles do not show in the map anymore. I tried to re-install previous versions of OMSI 2, but this only made matters worse, as the GLaC map was no longer recognised by the game, and after months of discussing the issue with OMSI developers, they recommended me to restart the creation of the map again, apologising for the inconvenience. This missing tile issue still exists in OMSI, and it is for that reason why I can no longer play certain maps, such as Bowdenham v4.0.
With all of these issues, I came to the difficult decision to suspend the progress of the map and buses. with regards to the map, Other projects based on London exist, such as the South London Project, I which I 100% support the progress of, and I truly believe that the developers behind this London map are creating something that is much better than what I was going to create.
It is not the end of OMSI Development for me, however. Most of my time is now spent creating objects and vehicles for OMSI 2, as well as doing repaints on buses (expect these repaints to be released later on this month).
Thanks for taking the time to read this very long message.