Archive for April, 2017



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With about a week and a half left until May 1st, it’s time for our monthly update again. We’re sure everybody is looking forward to the new build, and we’re happy to announce that both the DX11 graphics engine and VR support will be released as promised.

DX11

Over the last couple of months, we’ve revealed several development screenshots of the DirectX 11 engine to share with you our enthusiasm for the possibilities it brings. The new engine is not only the basis for our VR implementation, but it also enabled a new, improved HDR tone mapper and a bunch of post effects that greatly enhance the overall atmosphere of the simulation. We tried to strike a balance between using these effects to render the real-world imperfections of cameras while retaining the “first person view” you have when racing. At the same time we kept two very important goals in mind: we needed to ensure that, with the same graphics settings, the DX11 engine is at least as fast as the DX9 engine, and that existing content is still compatible with the new engine, so all the content out there can still be fully enjoyed.

We are quite sure we succeeded in both, and we extensively tested the new graphics engine with our community of beta testers. That said, we want to make sure that everybody is able to run this new build without a hitch, which is why we are making the initial release available as an “open beta.” Starting May 1st, anybody can switch to this new build and try it out. It is fully multiplayer compatible with the DX9 build. If for some reason you run into any problems with the new build, you can easily revert to the previous engine with just one click.

We didn’t just stop at updating the graphics engine, though. While we’re at it, we also updated some of our existing content to DX11, so you can expect the first of a series of Studio 397 updates as well. And you’ll be happy to know, these updates don’t just concern the graphics: in some cases we also made changes to and upgraded the physics. The new graphics engine really lets our content shine. It provides so much improvement that we have decided to postpone releasing any new shaders. To whet your appetite, take a look at these new screenshots showing off the new engine and some of the camera post effects in action:

Virtual Reality

If you have been following us on Facebook, you’ve already enjoyed some teaser shots of our VR implementation. We have since added some features such as support for our HUD, including virtual mirrors, as well as a way to browse the UI in VR mode. Mouse control is enabled for the UI, although we are definitely considering adding other options for controlling the VR interface.

User Interface

We know you are eagerly awaiting the new user interface, and we share your impatience. However, because we want to give you the full experience of the new UI and all its capabilities, we feel it is not quite ready for prime time just yet. Although that means we will ship the first open beta release with our existing UI, it will be upgraded to the new UI once that’s ready for release.

As we announced last month, we are now able to easily push updates, and we will use this ability to quickly release updates to the open beta in the upcoming weeks. Our goal is to ensure that we have a stable release for everybody, allowing us to begin phasing out the DX9 build altogether after a few months. In the meantime, our concern is to ensure that everybody has a fully functioning and compatible version of rFactor 2 to race with.

Content

Work on the Radical continues. With most of the graphics in place, our focus has now shifted to the physics and the sounds for this car. It’s not ready to be unveiled yet, but we can tease you with one of the other new cars that we have started working on soon! Watch our social media.

Modding

The modding community just recently gained access to an early DX11 build, and we released some guidelines for artists to work with the new rendering engine. Expect to see updates of third party content coming soon. In general, the new engine requires modders to make only minor changes. One area we are still working on concerns “plugins” that render directly to the screen. These plugins will not work properly in the first open beta. We are actively looking at improving our implementation of this functionality overall.


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Today we have made our third update (Build #52) for Train Sim World available to everyone. There is no need to subscribe to a test build as this will update the default installation. If you’re currently subscribed to a test build, you’ll be automatically deferred to the main build. We’d like to give a big thank you to all of you who have consistently and constructively offered your feedback and encouragement.

Here are the items addressed in Build #52:

Load/Save Issues

 

  • Further work has been done on identifying entities not correctly persisting and restoring state.
  • Identified and fixed the cause of some voice overs occasionally not playing on restore.
Optimisations
  • This build contains the first of our multi-threading improvements. In this build, SimuGraph® will use as many CPU cores as are available, to concurrently evaluate SimuGraph processing on all rail vehicles. This reduces the FPS impact when you sit in a locomotive, and should deliver a greater benefit if more cores are available. We are continuing work in this area.
  • Improvement to non-player train physics performance.
  • Other optimisation improvements, particularly when interacting with the AC4400CW IFDs.
  • Reviewed and corrected lighting setup on rail vehicles.
  • Changed foliage MiP handling to improve the distant view and deliver a performance improvement.

Keyboard Support

  • We have added support for a wide array of International Keyboards.

Rail Vehicles

  • General improvements to the brake pipes.
  • Corrected the Ditch light functionality on the AC4400CW and SD40-2.

Gameplay

  • Fixed an issue that would cause you to Crash to Desktop while attempting to tab a signal in Cumberland Charge. Additional guidance on this scenario is listed under Known Issues.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause you to Crash to Desktop when loading the last save point in Helping Hand.
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent you from completing the Fully Fuelled scenario.

Audio

  • Missing coupling audio added.
  • Engine audio improvements.
  • Horn audio improvements.
  • Improvements to the Cab Occlusion system .

Known Issues

  • At the end of the Cumberland Charge scenario, extra vigilance should be paid to ensure your train is following the light blue line indicated on the 2D Map, as your enter Cumberland Yard. This may require more switches than those indicated, to be changed in order to reach the correct destination.
  • There are still some instances where Saved sessions fail to initialise properly on reloading. We are working to resolve all remaining instances. We would advise you avoid using the Save/Load feature for the time-being.

The Train Sim World update will download automatically on Steam. If you are not receiving this update, please double-check that Steam has correctly unsubscribed you from test builds:

Unsubscribing from Test Builds

  1. Load Steam and navigate to your Game Library.
  2. Right-click on Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul and select Properties.
  3. Select the Betas Tab and from the drop-down box, select None – Opt out of all beta programs from the list.
  4. Click Close and allow Steam to update.
  5. If Steam fails to update, please select Exit from the Steam menu and then relaunch Steam. If you still do not receive the update, please submit a ticket to our Support Team[dovetailgames.kayako.com].

The Train Sim World Update 3 (Build #52) will be approximately 253 MB in size.


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2.3 The Commanders, Changelog

Greetings Commanders, today we’ve released the 2.3 update! Below is a short snippet of the very large list of changes.

You can view the full list of changes by going to our official forums here: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/341916

Thanks!