So this might be a complicated suggestion but hopefully I can get the point across with a few simple images.
I often find myself switching back to the the 3x erosion device because it modified their terrain more than the newer worldmachine: it conserves mass.
Let me illustrate an example
Here Im using erosion to redefine a mountain shape without affecting the underlaying mass too much, in other words, all of the mass/height removed is fully described by erosion and all mass added is solely due to deposition.
For a better comparasion here is before
There are some all errors at the mask edge but those will be covered by talus/other stuff so arnt terrible important, also if needed the mask edge can be softened to remove the artefact.
Now lets do the same thing with 3026 and 4x erosion
Notice how the top of the mountain drops dramatically, but is not really explained by erosion itself, the mask errors are eliminated though
And the settings, the settings are the same save for the time intensifier, which WM automatically changes for some reason
And full output
I think this has to be due to the uplifting that was introduced in 3026 to accommodate rivers. Even without a river input the uplifting raises or lowers the terrain in unexpected ways, this is overly apparent apparent in basins where you have some exposed feature instead of being covered by sediment, it gets artificially raised
in this file I added a high frequency noise to the basin, after passing it though erosion I masked out the areas that where strictly higher. Notice how the noise was artificially raised, mass was not conserved
Compare this to the old erosion below:
Here while there are a few minor errors, mass IS conserved and the noise is not artificially raised. Notice also how the erosion also matches the terrain profile more closely and only deviates where the terrain was eroded while in new version the terrain artificially raises and lowers basins.
I will attach a example TMD below for people to play around with it yourself but scrubbing before and after is quite revealing.
Now why is this important? Well it has to do with control. I usually use erosion for various methods, either to define form, to to provide a light pass afterward. While the new algorithm and masks are pleasing, if it messes with the underlying form of my terrain in an undesired fashion then I cant use it. This is actually one of main reasons why I still have not worked alot in 4x because the ui support for 3x erosion is rather arcane.
Now I dont know if 3x and 3026 erosion are completely incompatible but it would be nice to see the 3x erosion conservation of mass brought back, or at least some way to completely turn off uplifting when its not needed.
erosion issues.tmd (99.8 KB)