Looks like the Train Drivers in Train Sim are getting ready for the holidays. Enjoy the limited time Christmas Train version of the EMD GP 38, now until the New Year!
Work on the new Train Sim upate continues. This time I added new alternative paint scheme for the Pacific Surfliner Train. Coming Soon to Train Sim!
Train Sim update is now live on Google Play. Enjoy the new Pacific Surfliner and Graffiti System on your favourite Android device!
As always iOS, Windows Store, Mac & Amazon Store updates soon to follow.
Here is a short video preview of the Pacific Surfliner Coming Soon to Train Sim. Can’t wait? Test out the new Pacific Surfliner Train as well as the new Graffiti System in our Public Beta
Here is a short preview of the new Graffiti system coming soon to Train Sim
Work has already began on the next version of Train Sim. I started with a feature that is frequently requested: Flashing Rail Crossing Lights.
Here is a short video preview of the new lights:
Train Sim Update is getting deployed to all supported ecosystems (iOS, Windows Store, Mac Store, Amazon, Android),
What’s new in this update?
Completely redesigned rail system that allows me to produce fully 3 dimensional tracks as well as full 3D Electrical Wires. So far only the rails are rendered in full 3D, the sleepers or (crossties) are still just a 2D texture, mostly for performance reasons on mobile. However as mobile devices get faster, I will easily be able to extend this to full 3D sleepers (crossties) at very little effort.
In fact, I can now place any 3D object along or on the rail continuously or in spots. This opens many new possibilities in the future to allow Train Sim to grow well into the next decade.
Why did it take so long?
This was a complete redesign of a key system in Train Sim that affects every level. The rail system is so core to the game that updating it required rewriting other key systems such as track switching, track connections, train controller, wagon controller etc. Don’t even get me started on testing, every train wagon, track connection and level had to be tested. And then when a bug is found, it had to be fixed and re-tested again.
Once the 3D model is complete my next focus will be to add the Pacific Surliner to Tran Sim as fast as possible.
What have I been up to lately? Testing, Testing and More Testing. This is my test level for Train Sim, That I use to test rail connections and how rolling stock behaves in various scenarios. You may find watching this 5 minute video a bit boring, but imagine doing this 20-30 times. Each time I perform a test if I find a bug, I have to stop, fix the bug, restart again. Over and over again.
The good new is I think I have finally figured out my last bug so I can start rolling out this update very soon!
Unless I find more bugs ….
Work continues on the next update to Train Sim with the main focus on improved 3D Rails & Electrical Wires.
This turned out to be more difficult than I originally thought, due to the fact that I had to update a major system in Train Sim that creates the tracks and wires on a predefined path. This means that all the tracks in Train Sim had to be remade & then re-tested.
Also because the the height of the 3D tracks have changed, I had to re-test all the Trains & Cars to ensure their positioning on the tracks is correct.
After a month of work and quite a few 12AM nights, I think all the tracks & trains are now positioned correctly. However I still have to check the positioning of all the cars & perform a full test cycle of the game.
Coming Soon to Train Sim
The last release to Train Sim introduced a new Shinkansen Bullet Train. For this update I decided to add a Japan themed level for the new bullet train.
After months of hard work I am happy to announce that the new Train Sim update has been deployed to Android, iOS, Windows Store & Amazon platforms. You can now enjoy the new Japan level on your favourite mobile device or PC.