The big selling point for train enthusiasts is the revelation that Hitachi Rail have worked with Dovetail Games to ensure their upcoming Class 800/801 trains are included in the title. This new train won’t enter passenger service until 2018 on the Great Western and East Coast Main Lines here in the UK, so train fans should be in for a treat.
The new game will, according to the press release “be compatible with an existing range of more than 100 add-on locomotives and routes” which sounds like anyone’s vast investment in Train Simulator 2014 won’t go to waste.
For newcomers to the series, and those like me who have dipped their toes into the game but are still wary, there is something to welcome you to the franchise. TS Academy is the new mode which will hold your hand as you learn how to control different trains with the chance to earn driving licences and awards as you go.
Adam Lucas, Producer at Dovetail Games shared the following comments about TS Academy.
“With the popularity of Train Simulator growing every year, we’ve listened to our customers and understood their desire for us to create a more accessible experience, especially at entry level to the game. TS Academy gives both new and seasoned players an environment in which they can really master every aspect of the game in a very straightforward way, so that they can maximise their enjoyment as they play through the challenges and scenarios later on.”
There will be three main routes to explore in the game, though unfortunately my local Cardiff Valleys lines don’t make the cut. You can expect to see:
London to Peterborough East Coast Main Line route
– including the First Capital Connect Class 365 plus Hitachi Class 800/801 trains
New York to New Haven North East Corridor route
– including the Amtrak ACS-64 plus Amtrak Acela Express trains
Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirschen route
– including the DB BR 426 plus DB 411 ICE T trains