Because I wanted to see whether it would work, I began making JA2 3D. Turns out it does
With the current code, it's easy to raise/lower terrain to whatever you want. Assuming 50 pixels represent 2 meters, we have 1.3 km to work with in each direction.
The AI is somewhat adapted to this - pathfinding etc. works. It just doesn't take altered terrain into its 'higher' functions.
Destroying terrain works just fine. As seen above, explosions can leave real craters, depending on explosion force, floor type and whatever else I code in.
This doesn't even require a change to map format - you could load any savegame (made with unstable after r6070) with this.
There are, however, several outstanding issues with this
adapting the AI to make full use of this,
altering undocumented assembler code leftover from Sirtech for less confusing graphics,
getting some poor lad to alter all graphic tilesets in a specific way,
finding a solution to mouse behavior on raised/lowered floor,
loads of other issues.
All doable, but I'll leave it at this. And no, this won't go into any release, and I won't release any exes with this. Because I say so
You gotta wash your hands before picking up a baby. They can see the bacteria burning into their flesh.
If you want, you can donate to me. This will not affect how and what I code, and I will not code specific features in return. I will be thankful though.