Completely redesigned rail system that allows me to produce fully
3 dimensional tracks as well as full 3D Electrical Wires. So far only the rails are rendered in full 3D,
the sleepers or (crossties) are still just a 2D texture, mostly for performance
reasons on mobile. However as mobile
devices get faster, I will easily be able to extend this to full 3D sleepers
(crossties) at very little effort.
In fact, I can now place any 3D object along or on the rail continuously
or in spots. This opens many new
possibilities in the future to allow Train Sim to grow well into the next decade.
Why did it take so long?
This was a complete redesign of a key system in Train Sim
that affects every level. The rail
system is so core to the game that updating it required rewriting other key
systems such as track switching, track connections, train controller, wagon
controller etc. Don’t even get me
started on testing, every train wagon, track connection and level had to be tested. And then when a bug is found, it had to be
fixed and re-tested again.
Once the 3D model is complete my next focus will be to add
the Pacific Surliner to Tran Sim as fast as possible.
Train Sim Update with the new California Coast Level is now live for Android, Amazon, Mac & iOS. Enjoy the new California Level with beaches, cities, mountains and even a desert portion on your favourite mobile device.
This month I am working on a new California Coast Level for Train Sim. Work is going well, I did allot of experimenting but I think its coming along nicely. The new level will have a greener coast area and a more desert like theme further away from the coast. Here is a short preview video of the coast area including a beach. Coming Soon to Train Sim
Work Continues on Train Sim as I am in the process of rolling out the second update in less then a month. The main focus of these 2 updates was getting regular train wagons/cars to properly connect to shunting cars found on side tracks. I have to admit this turned out to be allot more difficult then I originally thought. After 2 updates I believe that I worked out all the major bugs and you should be able to build larger trains as shown in the above video.
While I was busy working on connecting cars the drivers decided to construct a Hand Car. This beauty is now available in Train Sim at an amazing top speed of 10 mph.
Although in most updates, Trains are the main feature, adding interesting rolling stock is also important. The above train wagon with a full 3D interior is now also available in Train Sim.
Over the next week or so I will be rolling out these awesome updates to all platforms including Mac OS, Windows Store, Amazon, iOS & Android
After that I hope that the new 300 Series Shinkansen 3D model will be done so I can begin working on adding it to Train Sim
As I wake up to another New Year’s Eve I find myself reflecting on the events of 2017. For me personally it has been a very busy but also rewarding year. My son started grade 1 my wife started a new job and I decided to focus full time on making games. As a result of this I was able to complete even more high quality updates to the majority of my games.
As a result millions of new players enjoyed my games, and on average my game ratings went up. I now have thousands of new followers providing me valuable feedback through 3583 Byte’s Facebook & Twitter accounts which provides a great feedback mechanism to my work.
So once I again before rushing to next year’s goals I want to take the time and review all the amazing things that we did in 2017.
Train Sim had the busiest year out of all my games with 8 updates featuring many of the most requested features. This year I really focused on addressing many of the comments sent to me via Social Media & Reviews to ensure that I responded to as many requests as I could. Here are some highlights:
Updated Ports of Call Scene with New Train Yard
New Rain Effect & Windshield Wipers added to all Trains
New Break Sparks on all Trains & Cars
New User Interface
New Achievement System
New Train Decoupling/Coupling & Improved Track Switching
New Custom Environments (build your own train levels)
5 New Trains including:
Santa Fe EMC E1
Class 66 train
LB&SCR E2 Class Tank Engine
New Train Cars including Double Stack & Grain Cars
New Airport Level
New Train Drivers
There were also lots of small bug fixes & improvements I can’t remember but one thing is for sure that Train Sim had the busiest year ever with major improvements in all areas thanks to your feedback.
One of my major goals for 2017 was to improve the overall experience of Flight Sim. In 2017 I did a major overhaul of all the environments, improving their quality & realism. I also improved many of the features such as maps, missions and fixing bugs. I think I can do more in 2018 but this years updates got me a long way to a game I think can be enjoyed by many players.
Dinosaur Sim still features very high ratings and popularity with almost 1 million players who enjoyed it so far. This year I also focused on addressing some of the feedback I received through social media and reviews. The updates this year brought players a new Flying Quetzalcoatlus, New Winter & Jungle Levels as well as a much requested Hunger & Thirst Indicator.
3 Jewels had only 1 major requests from players which was more levels. This year I doubled the amount of challenge levels to 200! I think we can all agree that it could use another 100 in 2018 🙂
Kids Train Sim
Kids Train Sim received a complete overhaul to match its features with its parent Train Sim. This was a large undertaking with took over a month but I think we can agree that the result was positive. Here are some of the new features added to Kids Train Sim this year:
New City Level
Train Coupling & Decoupling
Custom Environment (Build your own Train Environments)
Kids Car Racers received a new Alternate Reality Level where you can race your cars in your living room (or wherever you are)
Aquarium Sim received an update that allows users to build their own Aquariums
This year I laughed 2 new games. A new Match 3 Game which is a sequel to 3 Jewels with 300 new challenge levels.
Jigsaw Puzzle X which allows players to complete Jigsaw Puzzles with up to 500 pieces. Great for those long flights.
As always I encourage you to try these games and give me some constructive feedback. I nice rating is also very much appreciated as it is very difficult to launch a new game in 2017 🙂
On top of all this work that is visible by players allot goes into managing a Game Development Company, such as:
Working with 3D Artists & Practicum Students
Replying to emails & social media posts,
Porting games to different platforms such as iOS & Windows Store
Testing new screenshots and icons
And lots more
For every update you see lots of work goes into getting the game into a place where it could be enjoyed by millions of users.
In conclusion it has been a great 2017! Thank you for playing our games and all your reviews. I apreciate it. I look forward to an awesome 2018! Most Importantly:
Train Sim update is now live for Android, iOS & Amazon. This update features a New EMD GP9 Engine, New Grain Cars improved Car Shunting on train yards and a new Started Track for the Custom Environment feature.
Also it looks that the train drivers inhave put up a Christmas Tree to celebrate the Holidays. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Everyone!