Now usually on Railway Stays we cover real world train travel as you know, but this week we bring you something a little different, as we celebrate the launch of an exciting, immersive new train simulator game called Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul.
Created by Dovetail Games, the leading developers behind popular simulator games such as Train Simulator 2017, Flight School and Euro Fishing (yep, a lake fishing simulator game!) Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul promises to be ‘the most technologically advanced first person train simulation experience on the market.’ The game came out for Windows PC on Thursday March 16.
Here’s the trailer:
Train Sim World pitches players in the stunningly scenic Sand Patch Grade route, stretching 60 miles across the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and Maryland in the USA.
Featuring fully customisable weather systems, and built using real-world data to accurately replicate the performance, sounds and feel of real trains, Train Sim World promises to offer more immersion and authenticity than has ever been seen before in a train simulation. Players will truly feel the detail as they walk around exploring the world and interacting with the trains in first person mode.
Six Train Sim Games in One
With six challenging scenarios, players will be able to take part in operations from the real world such as coal loading, switching, refuelling and turning locos on a turntable. There will also be the introduction of a brand new ‘service mode’, which features the recreation of an entire 24-hour timetable, and allows players to take control of any one of the trains in this timetable – manifest, local and short hop freight services – and activities include giving them the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a real engineer.
Getting Started with Train Sims
Newcomers are gently introduced to the experience through seven guided tutorials, which cover everything from getting started with the software to operating the locomotives. An accessible user interface will display prompts and highlight key controls such as power, reverser, automatic brakes and horn to get players up and running quickly and easily.
More advanced users will have the choice of using fully functioning in-cab controls without prompts, UI or highlights fort added authenticity. These include digital displays, all braking systems and slow speed controls for coal loading.
Choose your Loco
Featuring three distinct types of locomotive, Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul allows complete interactivity in the cab, so you can gain a thorough understanding of how the train works and how it feels to be sitting in the driver’s seat with the controls in your hands, bringing some of the world’s biggest and most powerful locos roaring to life.
If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at controlling a mighty loco in realistic conditions, then this is the game for you. I’m something of a lapsed console gamer myself, but confess I’ve never played a train simulator game. It will be interesting to see how I get on. I look forward to putting it through its paces soon!
Speaking about the imminent launch of Train Sim World, Rob O’Farrell, SVP Development at Dovetail Games said:
“We have ten years of experience and expertise in building and growing living, breathing train simulations. Our aim in the development of Train Sim World is to build on this great foundation and take Train Simulator to the next level. Starting with CSX Heavy Haul, Train Sim World will deliver an unprecedented level of quality and realism in every aspect of the game. We will also continue to develop and grow this experience over time, adding new features and content that enables us to go on this incredible journey together with our community.”
Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul is available to buy on Steam now at a price of £24.99.
*Excluding DLC and standalone products.
For further info, please check out the website for Train Sim World.
You can also follow the hashtag #feelthedetail on twitter to see the buzz the game is generating around its launch.
About Dovetail Games
Dovetail Games was launched in 2013. Previously trading as RailSimulator.com Ltd, the business launched in 2009 initially producing and marketing PC game Train Simulator. Today Dovetail Games is responsible for train, flight and fishing simulation games and is developing for PC and leading consoles. http://www.dovetailgames.com.
Developed by Dovetail Games, SimuGraph Vehicle Dynamics Engine is a powerful visual modeling and simulation framework for the construction and real-time simulation of electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems in the context of vehicle dynamics.
About Unreal Engine
Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for world-class graphics, tools and scalability across PC, console and mobile platforms. Unreal Engine technology is designed to accelerate developers’ productivity for creating high quality games, applications, training simulations, visualizations, digital films and animated entertainment. To access UE4, visit www.unrealengine.com and follow @UnrealEngine.
This post was kindly sponsored by Dovetail Games. Look out for further posts about the game and its key updates here and on my other train website, Trains on the Brain.