The thing about Bus Simulator compared to titles like Train Sim World 2 is that, while its intricate with its presentation of the public service, it has a real sense of humour. And from what we’ve seen of Bus Simulator 21 – which now has a 7th September release date on PlayStation 4 – it’s leaning into the silliness a little bit.
This version complements the somewhat drab continental Europe locales of Seaside Valley with an entirely new map: the San Francisco-inspired Angel Shores. As with the previous version, you’ll be managing your very own transport company either individually or online in co-op, and you’ll be able to set up routes, expand your fleet, and drive the buses yourself.
And, alongside the release date confirmation comes news that buses from Mercedes-Benz’s eCitaro line will be included in the game. “In addition to a small two-doored, 12-meter-long, manoeuvrable eCitaro electric bus with two axles, Bus Simulator 21 will include a large three-door, 18-meter-long eCitaro G articulated bus equipped with three axles and plenty of space for passengers.”
The press release continues: “Enthusiasts will also be able to hit the road with other Mercedes-Benz buses like the Citaro G, the agile Citaro K, an up-to-date version of the Citaro O 530, the CapaCity, and the extra-long CapaCity L articulated bus.” That’s a lot of licensed buses – but apparently there’ll be over 30 in the final release, and we’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel of them all at launch.