InnerSphereNews, on 04 January 2012 - 10:27 AM, said:
Each type of detection device may also have different primary or secondary modes of detection as follows:
- Night Vision – Allows players to see more detail in low light situations.
- Thermal Vision – Allows players to see heat signatures that can be detected through obstacles.
- Magnetometer Assisted – Allows players to detect metal and metal densities which can uncover a BattleMech hiding behind a building.
Some of these modes will not be available at launch, but I want to give you an overview of where we plan to take this concept.
MaddMaxx, on 04 January 2012 - 12:02 PM, said:
If I can use either Heat or Metal detection for large Objects behind buildings why would a Mech have BOTH means (I am assuming a package deal here) Doesn't that mean that having BOTH methods would be moot or are the detection Ranges dissimilar?
I feel that quoting the above post by MaddMaxx ties in with my own quesitons (and concerns) around the thermal detection method.
Will you be looking to accurately model thermal imaging methods and the physics behind it?
For example with thermal imaging, you cannot see heat signatures THROUGH objects. Even a thin sheet of glass between you and a hot object will effectively render the heat source invisible (when viewed in Infrared mode).
Only if the heat source can heat the surface
of the object that you are facing, will it be visible in the thermal spectrum.
Holywood has propogated the idea that you can use thermal imaging to see through walls into buildings and observe all inhabitants positions and movements in real time. As such there is a common misconception that Thermal Vision can see though objects, which it cannot. It can only see the heat radiated off the surface of the object.
Even a heavily over-heating Battlemech on the opposite side of a sufficiently large boulder or building will not be detectable via Thermal Vision.
Through smoke, fog, rain or night however, thermal imaging would work great.
It would be good to see some proper physics implemented in regards to thermal imaging in MWO, and by providing the accurate limitations, it would give added value to the Magnetometer Assisted and other detection modes.