look at the pit again without looking at it at 360p on a twitch stream. it's a very good looking map.
I assume everyone's looking at it through their phone at the lowest possible quality. Does it look as over the top and fancy as some fans maps? I guess not? People for some reason expected this hyper detailed map with flashing lighting and moody atmosphere and foliage everywhere. ( A running theme in those cool looking forge maps is just shoving foliage everywhere)
This map is supposed to be functional for competitive play above all else, and isn't finished. Literally the last thing you do in a map is add the visual flair. Lol. Very last thing. So I'd expect some minor additions in that department to help distinguish areas and make it look a little fancier. But what's MOST important is that it plays well and is easily readable. I don't want horror game lighting and flashing lights and have to walk through a dense jungle when I'm playing ranked, just cause it looks cool lol.
I've heard some people say "why would it take so long, it's just a remake, there shouldn't be any design involved". Well it is not just a remake. It is not 1 to 1 with the original map. It can't be, you don't move around the map the same, and you have multiple abilities for traversal. So they have to make changes and balance the map for infinite. That is NOT An easy task. They want to add a Genuinely competitive map for 4v4, not a map for party game modes or that will only be in social like that desert map.
There is so much more balancing that's involved in these remakes or maps in general than people seem to think. Especially for hcs.
ALSO. That forge map looks better than any forge map every put into matchmaking. By far. Check out halo 5s forge maps that were put into matchmaking, especially ranked. They were all very simple looking to make them easily readable. Does anyone remember reach and it's forge maps? Hideous. Hard to read even cause it's all one shade of grey with no baked in lighting for the objects.
So yeah, map looks great, huge step up, not even finished and I'm happy with how it looks right now. Can't wait to play it, highly recommend everyone check out the 4k screen shots. The Skybox looks stellar. And the lighting on the smooth reflective surfaces looks so clean.