Elysian Fields is a place in ancient mythology as the waiting space between life and death.
The Tree of New Life grows in the center of this circular arena.
The black obelisk in the distance has no specific purpose. It's mysterious in its nature.
The lone grave is to represent the journey of one soul from this life to the next. (It is also a tribute to my recently deceased dog.)
This map was built for ATN's Extermination gametype and it is only set up for it.
Slayer will work fine on this map as well, but nothing else.
I wanted to bring in a unique design to what I've seen in some of the Extermination maps.
I built from the inside out to ensure evenness and symmetry as I worked.
I wanted to create a circular arena to have rotating gameplay and to give the illusion of always changing encounters.
Multiple paths into and out of the center area allow for getaways, but you never know if an enemy lies just around that corner.
The map has been shrunk a bit from its initial concept along with it's first building. Most of the shrinking has been pulling the outer ring in closer to the map and lowering the high points as well as adjusting pathing options.
Most matches drew out with most of the play happening in the outer ring.
I'm hoping as time goes on, I can figure out how to draw players towards the center and to progress matches faster.
After more shrinkage and more play tests, the outer ring has been removed.
Now the map is more of an infinity loop within an infinity loop.
This will hopefully allow for matches to play more to how Extermination should play.
There is a White Scar Plasma Caster as the center power weapon. It also adds a unique spin on how to approach each round.
The White Scar can be used to lay traps as well as ambush players, adding an extra anticipatory element to how Extermination plays.
There are also 2 Song of Peace Suppressors on the ramps to the high points and 2 Plasma Grenades in the interior between the small rocks. There are also 2 Light Rifles on the flat planes under the wide tunnels.
Power-ups have been removed. Further testing will decide if one should return or not.
I hope you enjoy this serene, etheric battleground between the living and the afterlife!