JR East to release official train simulator on Steam on Sept 19

The East Japan Railway Company, more commonly generally known as JR East, is the biggest railway in Japan and has lines running from Tokyo and its surrounding areas all the best way as much as the sting of Hokkaido. As such, being a driver on one among these prestigious trains requires a terrific deal of skill and knowledge, with positions being awarded to only to the highest candidates.

For the remainder of us, who lack such know-how or may not even live in Japan, JR East is letting us experience the work of a driver in an upcoming simulator game. The JR East Train Simulator page is already arrange on Steam with a listed early release date of September 19.

The sport relies on actual JR simulators utilized in driver training and uses accurate recreations of the Hachiko Line between Takasaki and Kuragano Stations in addition to the Keihin Tohoku Line from Omiya to Urawa Stations. In the previous you’ll control a KiHa 100 Series heading north, and within the latter you’ll guide a southbound E233 Series train.

▼ A trailer showing the sport in motion

This might sound really limited, but that’s because this is barely the early release version of the sport. Once the complete game is released, there will likely be rather more variety in rolling stock and routes in addition to the power to combine and match trains and contours. There may be also an adjustable difficulty which seems to largely hinge on how strictly you’re judged when stopping the train in just the right position on the platform.

▼ The control panels for every train are faithfully recreated.

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Again, since these are based on real simulators, you may expect the train physics to be spot on. You may also have noticed that the pictures are actual footage of the true train lines and the sound effects are also real recordings from JR East train lines.

Even after the complete game is released, JR East still plans so as to add more lines as DLC as time goes by. Considering how extensive their service is, those updates could go on for quite a while. Additionally they plan to expand gameplay options similar to external controller support.

The large query, nonetheless, is in the event that they’ll really add some gritty realism to JR East Train Simulator by providing you with several tablet computers with different passwords that you could have to recollect, avoid over-zealous photographers hiding in bushes and climbing fences, and defend yourself against violent drunks.

Source: Steam, Automation

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