1:47 on the second for me as well (no matter if I stay or leave, all that matters is starting at the skybridge). But I am certan I’ve gotten this without starting on the skybridge before. I wonder if there’s some hidden trigger related to where the skybridge is… hmmm…
Well, whatever this is, it’s frustrating to me. Stuff shouldn’t happen from seemingly random rules.
Added by Edit:
Can’t really do more experiments tonight. Tomorrow is a work day after all.
… but it doesn’t seem that running passed the skywalk area from another starting position does anything.
Since I’ve seen this happen without starting at the skywalk I’m working under the hypothesis that there’s some odd timing that needs to sync up, and maybe the Maelstrom starts in another spot in his path when you start by the skybridge, causing this sync up.
Added by Edit 2:
OK. I lied. I instantly booted the game up again. The Maelstrom definitely starts in different spots in his route depending on your starting location. I just started from the standard location and found the Maelstrom far from the stairs at 1:30.
I also ran to the house with the flag from the skybridge start, and Neha (Maelstrom’s love) instantly tells the flag guys she’s ready after she stops talking to the guard outside her house, so there’s an actual script for her to tell them to raise the flag. Still unclear what triggers her. Maybe you need to be close enough for her convo to trigger and that has to sync with the Maelstrom being nearby? Ugh.
Now, I’ll stop for today.