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This is basically my take as well. To be clear we both are on board with the dark skies, it's more about the on track lightmaps that we go back and forth on. I have faith in those MUSCO lights and believe they actually light the place up pretty damn well, and thus, I generally like the track and asphalt a little lighter than @halfwayglad prefers, and vice verse when he wants to create the night time feel.One thing is for sure, you can rarely, if ever, see stars, let alone the moon if it's out. I've been to many night races (Daytona, Homestead, Richmond and many short tracks) and @MattyO is 100% right.... at night races the sky above is pitch black. At the high level NASCAR Cup tracks, the power of these bright MUSCO lighting systems pretty much dominates the entire environment.
I am in the cockpit 99% of the time and to be honest I don't even notice most the stuff we do on these tracks. Again it's kind of the mixed interests we have as a team. I'm a racer, a competitor. That track surface is my Mona Lisa. The AI are my children. I notice the slightest hitches and bumps in every square inch of that damn track. Halfway is the art guy. He'll notice the slightest error in a 3do or texture that I never even knew existed. He knows how to make things look good and closer to photorealistic (I know, NR2003 won't ever be photorealistic). This means we usually worry about things like skies and higher res textures because they make the scene look good. You know, when you're sitting there wrecked on the backstretch waiting for the tow truck, we want you to be able to enjoy the view.
I think we're aware that a lot of what we do probably doesn't matter, but we enjoy doing the best we can with what we've got. Anything less feels like a missed opportunity.
As for the Day to Night transitions, we kind of decided long ago we wouldn't delve into that for two reasons.
- The amount of work, disk space, and memory to transition all of our textures and 3do's properly would be insane.
- The DtN transition skybox really closes the world off, like you're in a little snow globe.