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To ensure the “new era” of Trainz begins with an outstanding experience for all our fans, N3V Games and Deep Silver have taken the decision to delay the retail release of Trainz: A New Era until May 15.

These extra weeks of development and testing will enable N3V to finalize and fine tune all the necessary features to deliver our target graphics and meet the promise of the “best ever” version of Trainz.

To keep core fans fully up to date with the development progress, an updated “Community Edition” version has been released via MyTrainz for SimulatorCentral and Kickstarter backers. Once logged in, click on the T:ANE-CE V1.1 link in the menu. If you do not have a menu link please go to support.trainzportal.com to request assistance.

Steam and Mac users can expect the update around Jan 30.

This updated version delivers the following improvements over the December release:
·        Improved stability and functionality across Driver and Surveyor.
·        Initial Post-processing implementation including HDR tone mapping and bloom.
·        Improvements to Procedural Junctions and includes some content updates.
·        New “Low” shadow setting for improved performance on lower hardware specs.
·        Water – minor tweaks (with major shader effects and reflections still to come).
·        Improved Content Manager searching. Save custom filters, keyword support etc.
·        Fixes for saved sessions and scripts
·        Lots of crash fixes

For a full list of changes, and to join in the discussion, head over to the Trainz Forums.

 

Trainz: A New Era is now available for pre-order via Steam.

When you pre-order, you’ll also receive early access to Trainz: A New Era via the beta ‘Community Edition’.

And for a limited time, to celebrate the arrival of Trainz: A New Era on steam, all pre-orders will receive 20% off plus:

Two brand new DLC packs

  • The USRA Light Pacific; a 4-6-2 standard class steam locomotive from WWI USA.
  • The Duchess of Atholl; known as “Big Lizzie” to enginemen, this Coronation Class passenger express was the most powerful loco ever built in Britain.

And a 6 Month First Class Ticket providing VIP access to our Download Station with access to over 250,000 community created locos, rolling stock, scenery items, routes, sessions and more.

 

Today, thousands of people from around the world began downloading the precursor to the next generation of Trainz; Trainz: A New Era – Community Edition.

This morning we sent out thousands of emails to our core fans advising them of the download link and install instructions. It is only thanks to your support that has enabled us to work on T:ANE throughout the year, building the new E2 engine, integrating the main Trainz elements our fans have come to love and creating the new features that will help set T:ANE apart from all the predecessors.

Some people had the game downloaded and installed in just over an hour, while others have spent hours waiting for their Internet connection to deliver this new experience to their PC. In testing yesterday, our web guy (who is in the UK at a wedding) could get 28MB/s downloading the file, while from our office we were stuck with 100KB/s due to a dodgy routing through Sydney. Same server, different routing

Most our fans are keen to try out Trainz: A New Era and we are keen to hear their feedback. And feedback has already started to come in.

Back in October we said we would not be ready to deliver the final product to you in December as we had originally planned. Instead, we chose to deliver CE as an interim build to allow our fans to explore the product and give us their feedback.

The journey has only just begun and we thank you all once again for helping set us on this path which we firmly believe will take us way beyond anything seen in this genre before.