The delightfully relaxing Train Sim World 2 is about to get a whole lot more intense, with the addition of new weather effects in a vastly improved sequel, Train Sim World 3. Due out on the PS5 and PS4 from 6th September – with early access available to those who pre-order – the new release will “continue to break new ground in realism with new weather dynamics, longer routes, and a dedicated Training Center designed for new and experienced players alike”.
First and foremost, it’s important to stress that all of your content from Train Sim World 2 will convert across. “Players of Train Sim World 2 and its add-ons will be able to continue enjoying its wealth of routes and locomotives, ensuring a smooth transition between titles. Future add-ons will also see locomotives ‘decoupled’ from their routes, allowing more freedom in being able to operate purchased locomotives beyond their intended setting.” However, it should be noted that Train Sim World 3’s new features will not be compatible with the older routes – at least not at launch, anyway.
So, what is the new game adding? Well, the flagship feature appears to be a completely reworked weather system. The press release explains: “Train Sim World 3 features a brand-new dynamic weather system delivering beautiful volumetric skies, all powered by a new lighting system enhancing realism and immersion. Trains can now be driven through the extremes of weather: snow, thunderstorms, and even the dreaded leaves on the line, each altering the driving experience and requiring players to pay close attention to track conditions.”
In addition, you can look forward to longer routes: the Southeastern Highspeed is getting expanded, while the Kassel - Würzburg route will span a whopping 187 kilometres – a new record for the series. California’s Cajon Pass will also be included in the standard release, while a Deluxe Edition will include an upgraded Spirit of Steam, too.
There’ll be a new Training Centre, too, designed to teach you the basics of operation. “With new gamers continually being introduced to the world of trains and new locomotives being added for experienced players, this feature is designed to ease everyone into the satisfying experience of operating large, powerful machines.”
If you don’t want to pod out for the full game, a series of cheaper Starter Packs will be available, which will include the new Training Centre as well as one route expansion. These will cost £29.99/$39.99, so offer a cheaper means of getting into the game, and one of the Starter Packs will include Spirit of Steam if you’d like to get started with that particular add-on pack.
We’re a little surprised the developer is releasing a new client so soon, but we’re happy all of the content from Train Sim World 2 will carry across. Ultimately, we need to test the impact of the new weather systems ourselves to determine whether this sequel is justified, but it sounds interesting and immersive on paper. Will you be upgrading your game, or do you think the additions sound a little lightweight?
They are so quick to pump out new DLC and new releases but NEVER fix the packs that are broken and trophies that dont unlock. This Dev is a complete joke.
I absolutely love this series to bits, but, yeah, the way they release content, it's pretty much impossible to keep up with, know what you have and don't have and what releases when, what things are PC-only before they release some new version, And the stuff that's broken remains broken forever. It's the best sim that will ever be, but they way they release it and monetize it in tiny pieces that are hard to track and are never fixed really is worth calling out. I was all-in on the series but lost track of it during 2 due to the way it's released and maintained.
Oh yes please. The features seem to justify it being a sequel rather than just DLC. Realistic weather is one of my favourite details in games so I’m definitely up for this.
@NEStalgia I do hope they put a bit of time into tidying up the menus and organising things a bit better.
I must admit, I was a little concerned reading the press release where they say they're splitting up the trains and routes, as that means potential for even more mess.
But hopefully they've got it under control and tidied everything up for this version. 🤞
116 miles is long I expect PS7 To cover the whole of the U.K. I do not mind paying for another edition Dove are known to have a sale then I will bite....back to Dreams for me my addiction to creativity is worrying.. as you were Soldier. 🚂
Game pass so I might give it a go ,see if it's my thing
@get2sammyb Given their general pattern I'm super worried about what kind of Bethesda/CDPR level mess the swapping of trains and routes is going to create. But I do have to give them credit for going with a Hitman-like approach to charging for the client and letting the past content port into the new front-end.
At least these trains wont be on strike 😆
@Smiffy01 high speed ran throughout the strikes. So did Dartford to London Bridge. Good old Aslef
@Number09 they should do the ecml but add wires fell down at Peterborough and someone jumped at Grantham, mode for you know actual simulation.
This could be awesome or an awesome mess. And no jumpers please
@Resi32 Would love a True Sim Resi this guy loves Sims too. https://www.youtube.com/c/AlanThomsonTS
Loved the idea of this game, the execution left a lot to be desired for me. It’s seemed poorly optimised and the pop in and framerate also horrendous
Theyve extended high speed to Faversham, that might explain why there was a group cab recording Gillingham to Faversham in February. Eurgh Faversham what a dive. Change here for crack dealers and cheap weed plus the odd mugging
@Hawklord its not a sim without jumpers though. Just like its not a sim without people jumping my gateline and calling me a cnut because they don't have a valid ticket to travel. I thought this was meant to be a simulator?
Here we go another bug ridden train sim, Dovetail games should consider ironing out the problems there is on train sim world 2. Before even thinking of releasing train sim 3 but what about bringing out some decent British locos for people to try instead of the foreign stuff they so highly like to put in there games. Will there be the class 50 or 55 or the class 86/87 on some of the English routes the answer no they won't it will be the ice route and German and American routes that will see the new stuff. Why don't the bring out London to Edinburgh on the ecml or some routes on the wcml.
@Resi32 haha the joys of working gateline eh? We had a guy once who was 27 and bought a child ticket becuase he was low on cash
Oh and a guy callwd me everything under the sun becuase he tried to exit through an entry gate and it wouldn't open
It was a laugh on gateline but dpa was much more rewarding
I work in retail now though as it's local so I can do more shifts
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