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Abigail Ratchford

Firstly, before I go over the recap of the video above, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who sent in questions about the future of Train Simulator. From the questions you posed to us, we understood that there were a few subjects that we needed to respond to immediately and these are covered in our video and below. If your question has not yet been addressed, please bear with me; I will answer many more of your queries as we move forward over the next few weeks.

This year, the annual iteration of the existing TSX core engine, our Standard Edition of Train Simulator 2017 features four of our newest routes from Germany, North America, Great Britain and France:

  • Hamburg Lübeck
  • Transport your passengers precisely on time along the Vogelfluglinie between Hamburg and Lübeck in the renowned DB BR 218 locomotive.
  • North Jersey Coast Line
  • Experience the precision of American commuter operations along the North Jersey Coast Line in the modern NJ TRANSIT ALP-45DP locomotive.
  • LGV: Marseille – Avignon
  • Drive at breakneck speeds along the breath-taking Ligne Grande Vitesse:  Marseille Saint Charles to Avignon TGV route in the iconic TGV® Duplex.
  • South Wales Coastal: Bristol – Cardiff
  • Take in the scenic countryside of Southern Wales in the distinctive Arriva Trains Wales Class 175

We’re also introducing a new Edition of Train Simulator – TS2017 Pioneers Edition. This time-limited special edition of TS2017 features the four routes from our Standard Edition but includes two additional bonuses:

  • Semmeringbahn
  • The picture postcard scenery of the Austrian Alps dominates the stunning Semmeringbahn: Mürzzuschlag to Gloggnitz route.
  • Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta
  • Obtain your copy of TS2017 Pioneers Edition before the Beta starts to secure your place on the Beta and be the first to play our next-generation train simulator. Your feedback will help shape the development of this project. The Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta will start in December 2016 and is just the beginning of the journey. We’ll be introducing the other key territory routes as and when they become available.

Complete My Collection

If you already own some of the content featured in TS2017 Standard Edition or TS2017 Pioneers Edition, you will be able to complete your collection and only pay for the content you do not already own.

Both TS2017 Standard Edition and TS2017 Pioneers Edition offer a bundle discount of 75% off the total price of all the content included. While logged into Steam, go to the checkout and you will be presented with a total price of just the content that you do not already own.

I do not own any of the content featured in TS2017
If you do not own any of the content featured, TS2017 Standard Edition will cost you £24.99 ($39.99) and the Pioneers Edition will cost you £29.99 ($44.99).

I own some of the content featured in TS2017
Should you own some of the content already, you will receive a message similar to “individual price of the X items you do not already own is X”. The 75% bundle discount is then automatically applied to your total. You will therefore only pay for the content you don’t already own.

I own all of the content featured in TS2017 Standard Edition
If you own all of the content featured in TS2017 Standard Edition, you don’t need to do anything, you’ll automatically receive the upgrade to TS2017 Standard Edition for free. Note that this does not include Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta – should you wish to take part in the Beta, please add TS2017 Pioneers Edition to the cart and complete your collection to receive automatic access in December.

I own all of the content featured in TS2017 Pioneers Edition
If you own all of the content featured in TS2017 Pioneers Edition, you don’t need to do anything, you’ll automatically receive the upgrade to TS2017 Pioneers Edition, which includes automatic access to the Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta in December.

From our records, more than 700 players already have everything they need to get TS2017 Pioneers Edition, which includes access to the Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta, for free!

I’m not interested in either TS2017 Standard Edition or TS2017 Pioneers Edition
Your software will be automatically upgraded to TS2017 but you will not receive any of the routes featured in the two editions and you will not gain access to the Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta.

When can I get TS2017?
Train Simulator 2017 will launch on September 15th, 2016.

How do I get on the Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta?
All you need to do to get on the Beta is buy TS2017 Pioneers Edition. Once you have completed your purchase, you’ll automatically receive access to the Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta in December.

How do I know which version of TS2017 I own?
There are three parts to this question:

  • If you do not own any of the routes featured in TS2017 or only some of the routes featured, then you will receive the basic upgrade to TS2017 only. Note that the basic upgrade to TS2017 does not include Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta.
  • If you own the four routes featured in TS2017 Standard Edition, you will automatically receive the upgrade to this edition. For reference, the four routes are: Hamburg – Lübeck, North Jersey Coast Line, South Wales Coastal: Bristol – Cardiff andLGV: Marseille – Avignon. Note that TS2017 Standard Edition does not include Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta.
  • If you own the five routes featured in TS2017 Pioneers Edition, you will automatically receive the upgrade to this edition. For reference, the five routes are: Hamburg – Lübeck, North Jersey Coast Line, South Wales Coastal: Bristol – Cardiff, LGV: Marseille – Avignon and Semmeringbahn. TS2017 Pioneers Edition is the only edition to include automatic access to the Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta in December.

Your Questions

Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul & TS2017 Standard/Pioneers Edition Backward Compatibility

  • (Q) “Will old addons be compatible to the new version?” from Martin Dobmeier
  • (A) TS2017 and Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul are entirely separate products built on completely different technology foundations, and so we are unable to provide backward compatibility between them. In order to create a truly next-generation train simulation experience, we needed to build core features such as vehicle physics, engine propulsion, signalling and dispatcher systems from the ground up to more accurately reflect their real-world counterparts.
  • Your Train Simulator 2017 experience will be completely unaffected by the release of Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul and will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future.

Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul – Multiplayer Feature

  • (Q) “Will there be multiplayer?” from TheGamer 567
  • (A) Multiplayer is still heavily in development and will therefore not feature in the Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta. However, we are planning for multiplayer to become a key feature of the Train Sim World experience and we’ll have more details on this in the coming weeks.

Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul – Developer & Player Creation Tools

  • (Q) “Will we be able to create our own routes when your new simulator gets released?” from Thomas Ølmheim
  • (A) The tools that will allow players and partnered developers to make routes and other content are currently still in development. While we understand how much many of you like to enhance your hobby with our creativity tools, it’s important that these tools are built carefully, with the assistance of your feedback, to ensure they are as powerful and intuitive as we all need them to be.

Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul – Platforms

  • (Q) “I do want to play train simulator on my Xbox one. Is that still gonna happen?” from Devon Satchell
  • (A) The Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta will debut on Windows PC via Steam this December. The final version will release on Windows PC via Steam in February with an Xbox One version expected within the same window. We’ll have more information on this in the coming weeks.

Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul – 64-bit

  • (Q) “Is it going to be a 64-bit program?” from Felix Fischer
  • (A) Train Sim World is built upon the foundation of Unreal Engine 4 technology which is a 64-bit platform. You will require specific hardware in order to run Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta and I have outlined the anticipated minimum specifications below:
  • Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul Beta – Anticipated Minimum PC Specification
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8 / 8.1 or Windows 10
Processor: 2 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 10 Compatible GPU with 2 GB Video RAM
Sound: DirectX Compatible
Storage: Approx 40 GB available space
DirectX: Version 10
A free Steam account and Broadband internet connection is required

What’s Next?

Over the next few weeks, either myself or James will be publishing more details on each of the routes featured in TS2017 and we’ll also share more exclusive in-game screenshots of our exciting next-generation train simulator, Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul.

Don’t forget that we’re always open to receiving your questions, so please do feel free to post them below or drop us an email attrain-simulator@dovetailgames.com and I’ll add them to the list of questions to answer as we move forward.

In the meantime, here are two exclusive screenshots of Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul (note you can click on the images to make them larger) ■

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Train Simulator 2016

Ever dreamed of driving trains? Now you can! Train Simulator 2016 brings to life some amazing extreme train challenges on real world routes and delivers the ultimate railway hobby.

Power: Haul thousands of tons of cargo over Sherman Hill Summit in the legendary Union Pacific Gas Turbine

Pressure: Command the mighty Castle Class in the golden age of steam on the busy Cornish Riviera Line

Precision: Beat the clock as a Deutsche Bahn driver on the challenging West Rhine Main Line.

Plus, with Train Simulator 2016, get started on your driver career at the TS Academy and master your machines with support from the new Driver Assists system – you can also capture the perfect scene in the all new Railfan mode.

TS2016 features four stunning routes for you to enjoy:

  • Sherman Hill: Cheyenne to Laramie, including Union Pacific Gas Turbine-Electric, ES44AC, SD70M, SD40-2 and SW10 locomotives
  • Riviera Line: Exeter to Kingswear, including GWR Castle Class, Grange Class, King Class, Hall Class and Pannier Tank locomotives
  • West Rhine: Cologne to Koblenz, including DB BR 155, BR 146.2, BR 101 and BR 294 locomotives.

Plus, TS2016: Steam Edition also includes the Norfolk Southern Coal District route, the beautifully rural Mon Line running through the heart of Pennsylvania, USA.

Train Simulator 2016 – are you ready for the extreme?

Enjoy these four extreme routes in Train Simulator 2016:

THE RIVIERA LINE: EXETER TO KINGSWEAR


Command the mighty Castle Class in the golden age of steam on the busy Cornish Riviera Line.

The line is renowned for its proximity to the south coast of England and joins the southern beaches just south of Starcross, showcasing stunning scenery and ocean views. Test your skills on this line with the Castle Class or GWR 4073, heralded as the most powerful locomotive when introduced in 1923. Set in the 1950s, this route is a challenging drive with some heavy steam machinery ready for even the most experienced of drivers.

WEST RHINE: COLOGNE TO KOBLENZ


Don’t be taken by the beautiful landscape of the Rhineland-Palatinate, the Cologne to Koblenz line will keep all drivers on their toes.

Running parallel to the west bank of the Rhine for much of the journey, the route gives passengers spectacular views across the West Rhine area of West Germany. The route forms the southern stretch of Deutsche Bahn’s RE5 ‘Rhein Express’ service, which runs from Emerrich in the north west to Koblenz. Hourly intercity and ICE services, Regio passenger trains and various freight operations also frequent the line. Even the occasional heritage special can be seen in between the busy commuter services. Medieval towns and castles along the line, plus river barges passing serenely by, emind passengers of the historic area they travel through between the two densely urban cities of Cologne and Koblenz. Large freight yards at Bruhl and Bonn-West are also well-known features, as well as the DB Museum at Koblenz-Lützel, which occupies a former depot linked to the main line.

SHERMAN HILL


Haul thousands of tons of cargo over Sherman Hill Summit in the legendary Union Pacific Gas Turbine.

Sherman Hill is a fantastic North American freight route running 60 miles between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. The route’s tough grades resulted in the Union Pacific Railroad building new heavy freight locomotives to work the line. Drive this line with the UP GTELs, nicknamed “Big Blows” for their high-pitched scream. These consisted of three semi-permanently coupled vehicles, the leading A-Unit, the turbine housing B-Unit and a Fuel Tender. The turbines ran from the beginning of the 1960s until the end of the 1970s.

NORFOLK SOUTHERN COAL DISTRICT
EXCLUSIVE TO TRAIN SIMULATOR 2016 ON STEAM

Mile-long coal trains and distinctive street running set apart the beautiful Mon Line, running through the heart of Pennsylvania.

At the heart of Pennsylvania’s coal country, the rural Mon Line is today owned by Norfolk Southern with CSX Transporation also having trackage rights. Coal mines dominate the route, with important facilities at Bailey Mine and Emerald Mine connecting with a staging yard at West Brownsville from where coal trains continue on their way to power stations or to ports for export. More than 20 million tons of coal is annually transported along the line, much of it to Loveridge Secondary where it is transhipped from rail to river barges. Challenge your driving skills with heavy coal trains running along the 50 miles of rural countryside at the controls of GE’s mammoth 4,400hp ES44AC diesel locomotive.

Key Features

  • Learn to drive different trains at the TS Academy and qualify as a train driver
  • Master your Machines with support from the new Driver Assists system
  • Capture the perfect scenes in the all new Railfan mode
  • Three fantastic real-world routes including Sherman Hill (USA), Riviera Line: Exeter to Kingswear (UK) and West Rhine: Cologne to Koblenz (Germany)
  • EXCLUSIVE Steam Edition includes the Norfolk Southern Coal District route
  • Enhanced graphics and performance
  • Quick Drive menu system: drive what you like, where you like
  • Drive with Xbox 360 controller, keyboard or mouse
  • Integrated Steam Workshop free mission download centre
  • Create your own routes with powerful in-game editing tools
  • Access the Train Simulator community in-game

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TS2016 is just around the corner and there have been many questions raised about what happens on launch day. Many of these questions are relating to whether TS2016 will be a free upgrade or not.

TS2016 is being delivered in much the same way as it has been every other year. The only difference this year is instead of saving up all the patches and extra features to give you them in one go at the annual release – features such as TrackIR, Enhanced External Controller Functionality and the numerous fixes and updates – we’ve been rolling them out to you the minute they were ready throughout the year. So this means that you have already been upgraded to the latest technical standard for Train Simulator throughout the year. The launch of the final product contains the biggest package of exclusive content we’ve ever delivered. This year you’ll be getting everything that’s listed under “What’s Included” below.

To illustrate the process, in much the same way we did last year, we’ve prepared this simple image to show you what happens on launch day

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TS2016: WHAT’S INCLUDED

Throughout the last year, we’ve been steadily rolling out updates and improvements to the core software so you could get these sooner rather than wait for the full release in September. You have already been upgraded to the technical standard for Train Simulator. These improvements include key features such as TrackIR support and the Enhanced External Controller support, and many more fixes and updates.

In order for you to get access to all of the exclusive locomotives, routes and game modes, to complete your TS2016, you’ll need to buy the package. Here’s a complete list of what’s included:

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TS2016 Core Software Updates incorporating a refreshed User Interface and new Ambient Background Audio, Enhanced Search Functionality and
Updated Train Simulator Academy

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100 Mile Sherman Hill Route incorporating Railfan Mode, Union Pacific Gas-Electric Turbine Locomotive, Union Pacific ES44AC Diesel Electric Locomotive, Union Pacific SD70M Diesel Electric Locomotive, Union Pacific SD40-2 Diesel Electric Locomotive, Union Pacific SW10 Diesel Electric Switcher Locomotive and Thirteen Varieties of Freight Cars for Sherman Hill.

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40 Mile Riviera Line in the Fifties Route incorporating Railfan Mode, GWR King Class Steam Locomotive incorporating Driver Assist, GWR Castle Class Steam Locomotive incorporating Driver Assist, GWR Hall Class Steam Locomotive incorporating Driver Assist, GWR Grange Class Steam Locomotive incorporating Driver Assist, GWR Pannier Tank Steam Locomotive incorporating Driver Assist and GWR Collett, Centenary & Mk1 Coaches plus Six Varieties of Freight Wagon.

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60 Mile West Rhine Railway – Cologne to Koblenz Route incorporating Railfan Mode, DB BR 155 Electric Locomotive, DB BR 146.0 Electric Locomotive, DB BR 146.2 Electric Locomotive, DB BR 101 Electric Locomotive, DB BR 294 Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive, Three Varieties of Coaches plus Seven Varieties of Freight Wagon

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We’ve been watching the community since our last announcement, and we’re really pleased to see so much discussion around our recent announcement of TS2016. We’ve also seen some really interesting ideas appearing, a few of which have caused a little confusion across the community. In order to help the ongoing dialogue, we thought we would compile our top 10 ‘myth-busting’ facts:

1 – I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO BUY TS2016

ED: We would love you to buy every version of Train Simulator! However, as always, there’s no obligation for you to buy TS2016 – but you’ll be missing out on some really great content and features!

2 – DTG DOESN’T CARE ABOUT WHAT WE WANT

ED: This couldn’t be further from the truth, we DO care. We wouldn’t be here without you! We’re always striving to do things better and sometimes there are good reasons why we are unable to take every piece of feedback on board, but rest assured, we do read your comments and take copious notes.

3 – I NEED TO BUY ALL MY DLC AGAIN

ED: Not at all. All of our locos and routes will work automatically in TS2016 in the same way they have always done.

4 – DTG WILL STOP MAKING DLC FOR TS2016 WHEN THE UE4® VERSION COMES OUT

ED: We’re really excited about the UE4®, next generation Train Simulator, but we’re also just as excited about TS2016. In fact we have a long term plan to make sure we continue to bring great content to everyone for the foreseeable future. We’re sure you’re going to love what we have planned!

5 – I HAVE SPENT X NUMBER OF MONTHS/YEARS WORKING ON MY ADD-ON FOR TRAIN SIMULATOR, IT’S NOW COMPLETELY USELESS AND I’VE WASTED MY TIME

ED: Not at all! Our Partner Team is standing by to talk to you when you’re ready to release your content. No matter how much time you’ve spent, it will never be wasted – we’ll give you as much, or as little, help as you feel you need to make sure you can release your content on Steam with the minimum of fuss. Why not drop our Partner Team an email at partners@dovetailgames.com

6 – TS2016 IS NOTHING MORE THAN A BUNCH OF BUG FIXES

ED: TS2016 will be the biggest Train Simulator ever and will include new features and game modes as well as a host of exclusive content you won’t be able to get anywhere else. Also, over the last few months we’ve been delivering updates and fixes to you so that we don’t have to wait for the next Train Simulator release to give them to you. We’ll continue to keep you posted on Train Simulator Patches as they happen, here on Engine Driver.

7 – TS2016 WILL BE A FREE UPGRADE AS USUAL

ED: In TS2016 we’ll be including some really interesting new features, game modes and exclusive content for you to enjoy. You’ll need to buy TS2016 to get access to all of this however. We’ll be revealing the exclusive new content to feature in TS2016 over the next few weeks. We’re certain you’ll love what we have in store for you!

8 – TS2016 IS THE UE4® VERSION

ED: We’re still working really hard on making the next generation, UE4®-based, Train Simulator as exciting as possible. But it’s not ready yet. Don’t worry though, we’ll be sharing the journey with you right here on Engine Driver. All of this means that TS2016 will be based on the same technology as Train Simulator 2015.

9 – THERE WILL BE NO FIXES FOR TS2015/TS2016 IN THE FUTURE

ED: We’re committed to making sure that whichever version of Train Simulator you own, we’ll continue to address known issues, for as long as it makes sense.

10 – MY DLC WON’T WORK WITH TS2016

ED: Don’t worry, all of your DLC will still work in TS2016!

We hope you’ll like what we have in store for TS2016. Our development team are certainly having fun building and playing it… We hope to have much more information soon, so please keep a look out here on Engine Driver – First for all your Train Simulator News.

– See more at: http://www.engine-driver.com/article/show/11449/top-ten-ts2016-myths#sthash.Qywk9Taj.dpuf


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Two weeks ago we held an open Beta for an upcoming update for Train Simulator 2015, this beta proved extremely successful and thanks to everyone who took parts feedback and involvement we are now able to publicly release this update for all owners of Train Simulator 2015.

52.1a CHANGELIST

UI Improvements

Added a Resume button to Quick Drive Menu for the last saved scenario.
Added a Start button to Workshop to launch a selected scenario.
Added a Rating screen before Debrief, following completion of a Workshop scenario.
Fixed the display of Non-Official Routes/Trains/Scenarios in the Drive screens.
Fixed the inability to use Copy/Paste for the GoogleMaps overlay API key in the Tools menu.

Operational Bugs

F3/F4HUD Speed & Gradient display improved to read from the front of the train instead of the rear.
Fixed Quick Drive AI no longer being random.

New Functionality

Additional regional support
Expansion of external controller support (requires 3rd party compatibility).
Please see here for more information on what is included in the update –

This update should download and apply automatically through steam and will be around 26.1mb in size.


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Following on from the TS 2016 announcement we wanted to provide some more information to the feedback you’ve given us so far.

What do we mean by ‘Extreme’?

Over Easter, we set you a series of extreme challenges (Stage One, Stage Two & Stage Three) to give you an idea of the type of challenges we’re creating for TS 2016 – To be absolutely clear, these aren’t the actual challenges that will appear in TS 2016, they were meant as examples of the types of challenges we mean.  These challenges will be set in a variety of extreme conditions such as adverse weather, complex timetables and operations. They are designed to test the skills and experience of every player, whatever your skill-level.  For clarity, it will be called Train Simulator 2016, or TS 2016, we just added ‘Extreme’ to the logo initially to emphasise the theme.

What do we mean by exclusive content?

There will be some content in TS 2016 that will be available for the first time in TS 2016 and the only way that it will be available to you is when you buy TS 2016.

What is included in TS 2016?

Over the next few weeks and months we’ll provide detailed information on the locos, routes, features and modes that will be included in TS 2016.  Look out for the latest updates here on Engine Driver, we’ll also use #beattheextreme for updates and drop some hints on the content – ED: The first hint is part of the logo artwork above! Can you guess what it is? More on this soon!

What is happening with Unreal Engine 4?

We’re hard at work creating the next generation of Train Simulator built on the phenomenal Unreal Engine 4 platform, we’ll only release it when it is ready. As soon as we have more details to share, we’ll talk about them here first.

What will happen to the current Train Simulator / my collection when the Unreal Engine 4 version comes out?

Whatever we do with the Unreal Engine 4 version, the current version will continue to exist and it will have no effect on your existing collection whatsoever. For the foreseeable future, we will continue to develop more great content for you to enjoy in the existing Train Simulator.

We’ll have more details for you soon!

– See more at: http://www.engine-driver.com/article/show/9325/train-simulator-2016#sthash.5Uoe58Y1.dpuf




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