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Train Sim World 2 FAQ
Posted by DTG Support CM on 14 August 2020 10:45 AM

Why Train Sim World 2?

Train Sim World 2 is a new simulator for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, separate from any previous Train Sim World experience.

We need to bring Train Sim World forward, and by advancing the engine and evolving SimuGraph® we can add new features and more types of train simulation.

Train Sim World 2 includes high speed and longer freight for the first time, and sets our future sights on Steam Engines, Multiplayer and more.

New features include:

  • Scenario Planner
  • In-game Livery Designer
  • Adhesion Physics
  • Preserved Collection for Add-Ons
  • New Dovetail Live features including Driver Logbook, Online Debriefs and Railfan Shots
  • Immersion Features
  • German High Speed
  • The London Underground - Bakerloo Line
  • Sand Patch Grade – arriving on consoles for the first time and bringing significant gameplay upgrades for PC

Why are you not upgrading our game like Train Sim World 2020?

We need to bring Train Sim World forward – advance the engine, evolve SimuGraph® (Dovetail’s own physics engine that powers Train Sim World), add new features and capabilities for more types of train simulation such as High Speed, long freight, and in the future Steam Engines, Multiplayer and more.

What is the Adhesion feature?

Adhesion physics brings wheelslip and wheelslide to Train Sim World 2 depending on rail conditions and driver technique. Feel the slip of wheels in adverse weather, master moving heavy freight and keep control of your loco power on steep inclines!

What Routes and Locos are in Train Sim World 2?

Experience German High Speed for the first time with the Schnellfahrstrecke Köln-Aachen route driving the DB BR 406 ICE 3 and DB BR 442 ‘Talent 2’.

Discover the world-famous London Underground with the classic 1972 Mark 2 Stock on the Bakerloo Line, a route requested by huge numbers of players.

Enjoy the epic feat of engineering on powerful haulers like the AC4400CW, GP38-2 and SD40-2 on Sand Patch Grade

What is the Livery Designer?

A new in-game tool available on all platforms that allows you to personalise your Train Sim World 2 locos and create your very own custom liveries. Easy to use, utilising a mixture of shapes and layers, it will allow you to craft both simple and complex designs to bring your own liveries to life within your Train Sim World 2 game.

What is the Scenario Planner?

A new in-game tool available on all platforms giving you the ability to create your own scenario. Customise locos and destinations, then jump in and get driving. Quick drive, your way. This will also be compatible with your existing content through Preserved Collection.

Can I make a livery or scenario to share or sell?

The Livery Designer and Scenario Planner do not have sharing options on any platform, so your designs are personal to you alone. These designs or plans are not available to be sold. However, you can photo share your creations through the new Dovetail Live Railfan Shots feature.

What do we mean by Immersion?

The new immersion features of Train Sim World 2 include:

  • Clearer information on instructions, progression, gradient and speed profiles as you drive
  • New HUD displays, clarity to the onboard safety systems, brake controls, power meter and accelerometer
  • New Immersion controller scheme designed to simplify common functions and make them more readily accessible, as well as removing distracting pop-up menus in both the Camera and Driving modes. The Classic controller scheme also remains available to use, as it is in Train Sim World 2020
  • Easy access from external camera mode to enter another vehicle in your consist, all while full physics and simulation are still running.
  • Streamlined game start, automatically taking you directly into the next stage of your last service or scenario

What will the price be?

Train Sim World 2 will be £24.99 / €29.99 / $29.99 at launch on Steam, PlayStation and Xbox.

What is Preserved Collection?

Your collection comes with you.

Your Add-Ons from Train Sim World 2020 can be played in Train Sim World

Please note New York, Amtrak SW1000R and CSX GP40-2 are not part of Preserved Collection.

Why are you preserving my Add-On collection?

Train Sim World has always been about your collection, your choice of Add-Ons from your favourite region, time-period, diesel, electric, passenger, freight – your way. Enjoy your collection in Train Sim World 2.
Will Add-Ons I already own be free in Train Sim World 2?
Yes. Your purchased Add-On routes and locos from Train Sim World 2020 will be free to download and play within Train Sim World 2.

Please note New York, Amtrak SW1000R and CSX GP40-2 are not part of Preserved Collection.

Will Preserved Collection Add-Ons be upgraded?

You will be able to make use of your Preserved Collection within the new Scenario Planner. The preservation work may also bring some performance benefits depending on your platform, but they will be as they are now. Preserved not remastered.

Can I keep both the original and preserved content?

Yes. Train Sim World 2020 Add-Ons will continue to work exactly as they do now.

Will my progress and save game carry over?

No. You can play your Add-On routes and locos within Train Sim World 2, but your existing save data will stay safely within the original Add-On for Train Sim World 2020.

You can continue that progress anytime within Train Sim World 2020, or you can begin fresh in Train Sim World 2.

Dovetail Live will track all your progress from both games and their Add-Ons, including your driver level, online logbooks and driving debriefs.

Will Train Sim World 2 overwrite Train Sim World 2020 in any way?

No, they are separate games and will both play independently.

What languages will be supported for Preserved Collections?

The same languages will be supported as the original release of the route or loco Add-On.

Will support be continued by Dovetail Live?

Yes, Dovetail Live will still be your web destination for Mastery, community and playing stats, along with a few additional features we’ll reveal soon!

When will Preserved Collections be available?

The release of Preserved Collection will be spread out over time. For full details of which Add-Ons will be available at launch please consult our Roadmap.

What’s new about the Sand Patch Grade route for PC?

Sand Patch Grade is new to consoles for this release, but has also been optimised and updated for PC. We’re adding 14 new services covering switching in Cumberland Yard and 2 that add grain traffic to the route. 3 westbound autorack services now have helper trains added and there will also be more flexible control of what train you’re driving. The AC4400 has wider use on services than ever before and you’ll have better control over what livery the locomotives use. Train weights now use a new ‘weighted wagon system’ and loaded trains will require significantly more skill to manage.

With the addition of Adhesion physics and all other optimisations for Train Sim World 2, we’re confident you’ll find much more to do in Sand Patch Grade on PC.

Why no steamers?

Train Sim World 2 is the large update we needed before we can get steam engines right. We won’t release any until we can be sure we’re going to do them the justice they and you deserve. Steam locos will need another engine upgrade to make sure that particle effects do justice to performance and visuals, as well as a bespoke SimuGraph® upgrade to handle the unique experience of steam locos. Sound recreation is very important, as is detailed training and in-cab support during gameplay. It’s a very large jump from passenger and freight, which we have concentrated on perfecting so far, and high speed – a key focus for this year. After this, we’ll continue our work towards steam.

Can other people create routes and locos?

We are already working with a small group of talented developers who are making routes and locos for Train Sim World. In the world of multi-platform development it is much harder to do this… We are happy to hear from you via our Third-Party Publishing team (partners@dovetailgames.com) if you are experienced at developing in Unreal Engine on PC and console platforms.

What new Add-On routes and locos are coming?

We’ll be revealing our new release roadmap for the first time one week before the launch of Train Sim World 2.

Will new Add-Ons be released for Train Sim World 2020?

All Add-Ons released after the launch of Train Sim World 2 work in Train Sim World 2 only. We have to do this in order to take advantage of the new features of the sim. Preserved Collection will mean you can bring all your older Add-Ons to Train Sim World 2.

Why don’t you have THIS route?

There are a vast number of factors that go into deciding what route to create. We focus on great destinations and locos that are exhilarating to drive with plenty of scenario and service mode options, the right licenses and access is also key for a great route or loco. It takes precise and detailed development work from signalling, track laying, loco art, SimuGraph® connection using many resources, direct access, blueprints, visuals and discussions with the license partners to bring a route to life.

Where is the full PC Editor?

The Livery Editor and Scenario Planner are the first step on our journey towards releasing more comprehensive tools. It’s our hope that as many people who want to get creating for Train Sim World 2 will be able to do that, whatever gaming platform they are on.

Releasing the full editor on PC is a far more complex process than it was on the original train simulator. To begin with, it requires a full download of the Unreal 4 Engine itself and then there are number of other unique plug-ins of our own, such as SimuGraph® and others, that are critical to building both locos and routes.

We know from both closed-door testing and working with experienced third-party developers that this isn’t an easy editor to use and until we have resolved these issues, we are not going to release anything more widely.

Where is Multiplayer?

We want to bring Multiplayer to Train Sim World, and we now have a design that we think will give a great social experience. It’s been crucial to design based on the experience of the mode, bringing the right roles and communication to our online experience. Multiplayer is not part of Train Sim World 2, but it’s on our future roadmap.

Will there be TrackIR and Raildriver support on PC?

Not at launch - however, we’re already working on bringing TrackIR and Raildriver PC support to Train Sim World 2 within 1-2 months after launch.

What about UE5?

We are so happy that this is now in the public domain and it vindicates our decision five years ago to build our hobby on the UE4 platform. It’s a perfect engine for simulation and that will only continue. We are not announcing anything for UE5 yet, but the next few years are going to be very exciting.


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