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Train Life: A Railway Simulator

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Simulation
Publisher: NACON
Developer: Simteract
Release Date: Aug. 25, 2022

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'Train Life: A Railway Simulator' Early Access Update Adds New Content And Features, Full Launch Slightly Delayed - Trailer

by Rainier on April 21, 2022 @ 1:30 a.m. PDT

Train Life: A Railway Simulator is a train and management game that puts you at the head of a railway company.

For the first time in a game of this type, you develop your business to become the biggest rail company in Europe: hire drivers, buy new trains and achieve your contractual objectives! Play as both the driver and company director! Take the controls of your locomotives and grow your railway empire by negotiating deals and developing your network.

Take the controls of your train…
…and travel across Europe with passengers and merchandise. In the Early Access version, drive through Germany, riding in the cab of several different locomotives. Each of these locomotives has its unique characteristics (power, braking, etc.) that you need to fully master to be as effective as possible. Take your passengers through astonishingly beautiful lands, including both town and country, forest and mountains.

You not only have to drive the trains, but you also have to grow your company by optimizing your Passenger and Freight activities. Choose a name, a logo, purchase locomotives, and hire drivers, giving them new contracts and exploring new tracks. You must also maintain your locomotives to prevent breakdowns and handle emergency repairs. You are free to accept or refuse contracts: make the right choices, earn money and develop your company!

The updates for the railway simulation Train Life: A Railway Simulator are chugging along nicely. 8 months after the early access launch, Simteract studio is adding more content and new features in anticipation of the game's definitive launch, now scheduled for July 2022 on PC and shortly afterwards on consoles.

The update will see a new official locomotive pulling into the station: the Newag Griffin. This series of vehicles, which carry both passengers and goods at speeds of up to 200 km/h, was first produced in Poland in 2012.

There are also new ways to customize the locomotives in Train Life, such as painting the outer bodywork in company colours and adding various decorative items in the driver's cab (figurines of European monuments, bobble heads, plants, etc).

With Train Life early access, the sights have raised. With that in mind, a new region has been added: the Alps. You can now roll on track alongside snow-covered mountains where nature has the upper hand.

Finally, in order to add more realism and make it more immersive, the game now includes climate conditions. You now have to take the weather into account when safely transporting freight and passengers!

Train Life : A Railway Simulator is now available in early access through Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Train Life involves demanding gameplay based on real-world behavior. You have to respect the rail signals and driving instructions, adapt for rail switches, and manage speed. Make sure you keep an eye on braking distance when you pull into the station and open and close the doors for your passengers. There are also unforeseen situations to manage, such as fallen trees, stalled cars, and trains rolling on your track.

The dynamic weather and day/night cycle mean you have to adapt the way you drive to avoid accidents and damage to the tracks.

This unique management aspect is supported by the game’s detailed trains and driving system. NACON and Simteract have paid special attention to modeling the trains to ensure the game is both fun and authentic.

Train Life: A Railway Simulator is coming to PC in July 2022, with console versions following shortly after.

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