I posted a world map that you may be able to use as a reference. Some Rockstar cities are not on the map, like Carcer City and Cottonmouth. I named Chicago "Lakeshore" on my map. I plan on making a more detailed map with compact cities that could possibly fit in a Renderware-based game like San Andreas.
lol, I think X-seti will be glad to see your map
here Ima post a pic of it so that it can be viewed here as well\
I laughed when I looked at that map. Hey it's pretty cool and a hell of a lot of work even if I tried to take this on.
Thinking about it in more detail. The finer points...
I can do a city in about 6 months and bug check it and move onto the next with the time I have now, but just imagine how long this would take. I can not be doing this as a one man team like how it is now though it's not impossible as I did a quick count on just the cities never mind the land mass on that cool map. That part is easy so we have about 60 cities that could take me 30 years to complete - Where I would be in my 70s.
Now I did set out before I started working on SOL the cost involved and the hardware I had at the time. With all my projects these can not be at cost to me as I pretty much run things very lightly indeed like you would a business.
Doing the land mass, grass, hills, and roads first would be pretty quick with the tools I have but this isn't counting the other geographic features.
How can this be done...
I would need every modder out there all working as one team and not leaving me on my own to get it done. Some buildings could be recycled to be used in other cities and I do have the models from 50 states to use too.
That would be one hell of a challenge.
Not even Rockstar could have the resources to do this as it would cost to much in dev time. This is where modding has the advantage. first you would need to know in meters the distance from north to south and east to west so we can work out in game units the map size, The Vice City engine is the only engine currently this can be done on unless we had the dev pack from Rockstar to expand the Rage engine. (not going to happen)
I have been looking at the Vice Cry mod to expand on what I am doing with the current SOL before I saw this post
I am open to challenges but hell this would be the modelling marathon of a lifetime.
I need to finish the current SOL first, this should take about another 6 months and then I will revisit this post.