Train Sim World 2 (abbreviated to TSW) is a train simulation game series developed by Dovetail Games. It was released on 24 July 2018. For the first time, Train Sim World allows players to walk around the game world in first-person mode. This mode is utilised in tutorials, scenarios and services where the first-person mode is required to complete tasks such as refuelling or changing switches.
The fifth and current version, Train Sim World 2, was announced on 9 June 2020, with an original planned release date of 6 August 2020. The announcement promoted new features, including the Livery Editor and Scenario Designer. There were two new routes and multiple trains planned for its release: the ICE 3M and Talent 2 running from Cologne to Aachen, and the London Underground 1972 Stock, with the Bakerloo line.
The game also comes with Sand Patch Grade route (Cumberland – Rockwood), featuring the following locomotives: AC4400CW, GP38-2, SD40-2. While the route is not new, it has been updated for PC and now also available on the confirmed console operating systems PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with major optimization to the consoles. The Deluxe Edition also includes East Coastway as a Preserved Collection route.
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The Preserved Collection allows players to import their previously owned Train Sim World and Train Sim World 2020 bundled routes and DLC into the new game. This means players can continue using them without the need to pay for them again. DTG announced the game would be delayed on 16 July, with a rescheduled release date of 20 August, from the original 6 August.
This was to allow them to make “Preserved Collection” add-ons compatible with their new Scenario Designer. They confirmed that content from this category will not be compatible with their new Livery Designer, due to a change in the way they develop trains, although such compatibility might be provided in a future upgrade (this has since been confirmed; Livery Designer compatibility for East Coastway was included in a February 2021 patch, with more routes to follow).
They also announced within one of their Community Q&A livestreams that their Northeast Corridor route add-on, as well as their Amtrak SW1000R and CSX GP40-2 loco addons were not going to be part of the “Preserved Collection” due to technical issues.
Dovetail Games unveiled their first Roadmap on 18 August, which presented their plans for future additions to the game, as well as the timeline for the additional “Preserved Collection” addons.
Train Sim World 2 was released to the public on 20 August, for consoles at midnight local time, and on Steam for PC at 17:00 UTC. More DLC followed: Hauptstrecke München-Augsburg, LGV Méditerranée: Marseille – Avignon, Southeastern High Speed: London St Pancras – Faversham, Clinchfield Railroad: Elkhorn City – Dante, Hauptstrecke Hamburg – Lübeck and Cathcart Circle Line together with Isle of Wight: Ryde Pier Head – Shanklin and Arosa Line: Chur – Arosa from third-party developer Rivet Games, and Union Pacific Cane Creek: Thompson – Potash from third-party developer Skyhook Games.
The game also includes locomotive DLC from all versions including: BR 182, MP36PH-3C, C40-8W, Class 465, BR 101, MP15DC, M3, and Diesel Legends of the Great Western (Class 52, 101, and 08).
On May 4, 2021, Dovetail Games announced a season pass called Rush Hour, which included 3 new routes: the Northeast Corridor (Boston – Providence); Brighton Main Line (Brighton – Victoria); and Nahverkehr Dresden (Dresden – Riesa). Routes are scheduled for release starting in late August.
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Train Sim World 2 on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1282590/Train_Sim_World_2/
Train Sim World 2 on Epic Games: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/train-sim-world-2
Train Sim World 2 on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Train_Sim_World