Starting with a Public Beta in January 2011, Multiplayer will let you interact with your friends and other Trainz players from all over the world.
They have also posted more screenshots from their “Engineer’s Edition”. I have all previous version of Trainz and had decided to wait for something more significant before to invest in more newer versions of Trainz. The “multi-player” aspect, which i believe is the first in a train simulator, has piqued my interest and i might be willing to upgrade this time.
This video tutorial shows how easy it really is to create a simple route in Trainz. The latest version, the 2010 Engineer’s Edition is used for this tutorial. The ease of creating routes in Trainz is the biggest plus factor for this virtual simulator.
The Trainz 2010: Engineer’s Edition in game trailer was posted by n3vgames.
For modeler’s who never had the Trainz series, this 2010 version will let you build and operate your virtual railroad with ease and great level of detail. The ease of building layout in the Trainz series is a great plus over other simulators like Rail Simulator. If you are looking to geting one, please check the system requirements first:
Windows XP (SP3)
Pentium D 3.4GHz (or equivalent)
nVidia Geforce 7200/128MB (or equivalent)
15GB Free Hard Drive Space
Windows Vista/Windows 7 (64bit)
Core 2 Duo (or equivalent)
nVidia Geforce 8600 (or equivalent)
15GB Free Hard Drive Space
For owners of previous versions like myself, i prefer to wait this one out. There does not seem to be much in terms of enhancements over the 2009 version. Sure, it has the new-fangled SpeedTrees and the layer support but these features are not making me to run out and get a copy. Maybe later but not right now…
I don’t know how i missed this one. Ocemy has created some exceptional content for Trainz. The screenshots says it all. Even if you are not into a Chinese layout/content, give these a try. I loved the details of the ND5 and the DF11 diesel locos. The chef leaning out of the dining car adds a touch to a Trainz model not seen before. Even though the site is in Chinese, installing the content is very easy. At the end of each content page are listed all the files and dependencies for download.
These content work with Trainz version 2006 and above. I have Trainz 2009 and it worked well with it. So now i’m off to download more rolling stock, plop the Great Wall on an existing route and pretend i hauling goods and passengers through mainland China.
Note: Since the content is not hosted on Auran’s site, the downloads are fast but please if you like the content, do a backup of the files you download, as i have noticed that sometimes these external sites don’t stay up for long.
Auran have released another video showing a route, from their upcoming Trainz 2010 version, filled with Speedtrees. It does add a nice elemental touch but still no word of any other major technical enhancements. They have also released a few more screenshots which show some new locomotives and rolling stock.
I have still not pre-ordered and am waiting for more details. Speedtree is nice but i need more reasons to justify an upgrade. I really would be disappointed if the upcoming 2010 version is “2009 PLUS Speedtrees”
The Trainz 2010:Engineers Edition edition is now available for pre-orders. If you had pre-ordered the current version (Trainz 2009), they will be a 20% voucher in your Auran profile towards this purchase.
Release dates are as follows:
Digital Download: 16th Nov 2009
Retail Boxed: 1st Dec 2009
Since i have all previous version, i am a little biased towards Trainz but so far i have not seen anything that is unique to the 2010 version. It has a bunch of new routes and those fancy Speedtrees.
Technically, is it an improvement over the 2009 version? I can’t tell. I will wait and see what develops in the next few weeks.
Some new features that caught my attention were the SpeedTrees which are High Quality and detailed trees. They have also added support for Seasonal Assets that will change appearance as we switch between different seasons.
A First Class Ticket for Trainz allows us to skip bandwidth restrictions and download items quicker. I was surprised to see them offering a life time subscription for $82.50. That’s a lot of change! Their yearly subscription rate is $19.99 and for the lifetime subscription to be worthwhile, the Trainz brand should be viable for 4 more years. In the gaming/simulator world, 4 years is a long time. One does not know what will happen to Trainz in the next 4 years. $82.50 is a pretty steep commitment!
Their 3-month to 1-year subscription range from $9.95 to $19.99. My take on this is that you could save a lot by taking a 3 month subscription and downloading all items/routes you like. Save the downloaded content or burn it into a CD or DVD. You can do this once a year and thus save some money while getting all the items/routes you’d like.