Microsoft Train Simulator

Microsoft Train Simulator Cover

Microsoft Train Simulator is a train simulator for Microsoft Windows, released in May 2001 and developed by UK-based Kuju Entertainment. It sold one million units worldwide by 2005.

The simulation allows players to operate a train on various routes in Europe, Asia, and North America. Players need to stop and start the train, couple wagons, using the computer mouse, keyboard or a hardware addition such as Raildriver to operate the controls. Sound effects are enabled.

Train Simulator sold 191,952 units in the United States by the end of 2001, which drew revenues of $8.7 million. These numbers rose to 330,000 copies ($11.6 million) in the United States alone by August 2006. At the time, this led Edge to rank it as the country’s 54th-best-selling computer game released since January 2000.

Internationally, Train Simulator received a “Silver” sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), indicating sales of at least 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom. In the German market, the Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland (VUD) presented it with a “Gold” certification in early 2003, for sales of at least 100,000 units across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Train Simulator ultimately sold one million units by 2005, and is, despite its age, still very popular and has a large, active community.


 

Mods

The game features mod support as routes, trains, cargoes, scenery, etc. are abundant in the game. The installment of the mods is somewhat tricky since they have to be loaded into set files like Routes for Routes and Trainset for Trains, rollingstock, consists, etc.
Over 1,000 mods were created for the game and are mostly hosted on community sites such as trainsim.com, uktrainsim.com and elvastower.com, to name a few. Additionally, MSTS BIN, a community mod that aimed to add features and fix old MSTS bugs has since been released.


 

Microsoft Train Simulator 2

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Microsoft Train Simulator 2 (abbreviated as MSTS 2) was a train simulation game in development by Microsoft Game Studios on two occasions. Meant to be the successor to Microsoft Train Simulator, it was originally announced in 2003, until being cancelled in 2004. The second attempt at the game was first announced on January 19, 2007, and originally scheduled for release in the last quarter of 2009. It was postponed indefinitely and virtually cancelled due to the closure of Aces Game Studio in 2009.

The second project’s lead designer, Rick Selby, announced in late 2008 that it was to be compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. It was being developed by Aces Game Studio (Microsoft Game Studios), known for their long line of Microsoft Flight Simulator games, as a part of the “Games for Windows” initiative. The simulation was to use a modified version of the Flight Simulator X software platform. However, with the closure of Microsoft’s Aces Game Studio on January 23, 2009, development of this simulator was immediately halted.

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