Train Sim World 2 is finally here, available on PS4, Xbox One and Steam today, the 20th August 2020. One of the big features and benefits of purchasing this new version of the popular railway simulation game, aside from the whole host of new features and mechanics, is the ability to play all of your previously bought Train Sim World routes and train DLC packs without having to re-purchase them. Well, it turns out it’s not as simple and immediate as I’d originally thought.
The developer, Dovetail Games, put out a Roadmap a few days ago which highlights what packs we can expect to go live today, in the near future, and which are currently being worked on. As such, if you pick up the game today, only five legacy DLC packs will work with the new game. The process seems similar to Rock Band 4, if you own the original version of a DLC pack and the ‘Preserved’ edition hits the PSN store, you can simply ‘buy’ it for free and download it for use in the new engine.
As we don’t have access to the game yet, I can’t tell you how the packs work within the game – supposedly they are exactly the same as they were in Train Sim World with none of the enhanced or expanded features you’ll see in DLCs built specifically for the new game – hopefully, we’ll get our hands on it soon and update this article.
So, What’s out now and what’s coming soon…
Out today – free if you owned the DLC previously:
[Preserved Collection] NDD-L7 01 – Caltrain MP36PH-3C ‘Baby Bullet’
[Preserved Collection] NDD-L6 01 – Caltrain MP15DC Diesel Switcher
[Preserved Collection] GCC-R7 01 – East Coastway: Brighton – Eastbourne & Seaford
[Preserved Collection] DBB-R6 02 – Hauptstrecke Rhein-Ruhr: Duisburg – Bochum
[Preserved Collection] NDD-R7 01 – Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – San Jose
Upcoming Packs – In the final stages of testing and should be launched soon (GREEN = Out now, click for PSN listing):
[Preserved Collection] DBB-L7 02 – DB BR 155
[Preserved Collection] GDD-L5 05 – BR Class 20 ‘Chopper’
[Preserved Collection] GDD-L5 04 – BR Class 31
[Preserved Collection] NCC-R7 01 – Long Island Rail Road: New York – Hicksville
[Preserved Collection] NCC-L6 01 – LIRR M3 EMU
[Preserved Collection] DBB-R6 01 – Ruhr-Sieg Nord: Hagen – Finnentrop
[Preserved Collection] GDF-R5 02 – Tees Valley Line: Darlington – Saltburn-by-the-Sea
[Route Add-On] GCC-R7 03 – Isle of Wight (Developed by Rivet Games)
[Upgrade] Livery Designer additional functionality
In Production – Actively being developed and could take days, weeks, or months to complete:
[Preserved Collection] GDD-L5 01 – BR Class 33
[Preserved Collection] GDD-L5 02 – BR Class 52 ‘Western’
[Preserved Collection] GDD-L5 03 – BR Heavy Freight Pack
[Preserved Collection] NDD-R6 01 – Canadian National Oakville Subdivision: Hamilton – Oakville
[Preserved Collection] DBB-L7 01 – DB BR 182
[Preserved Collection] GDG-R7 01 – Great Western Express
[Preserved Collection] DBB-R7 02 – Main Spessart Bahn: Aschaffenburg – Gemunden
[Preserved Collection] GDF-R5 01 – Northern Trans-Pennine: Manchester – Leeds
[Preserved Collection] DBB-R7 01 – Rapid Transit
[Preserved Collection] DBB-R7 03 – Rhein-Ruhr Osten: Wuppertal – Hagen
[Preserved Collection] GDD-R7 01 – West Somerset Railway
[Route Add-On] DBB-R7 04 – Munich – Augsburg. With BR 403 & BR 423.
[Route Add-On] GBC-R7 01 – Southeastern High Speed: London St Pancras via Ebbsfleet to Faversham. With Class 395, Class 375.
[Loco Add-On] DGG-L7 01 – DB BR 363 (Ruhr-Sieg Nord)
[Loco Add-On] NDD-L7 02 – C40-8W (Sand Patch Grade)
[Upgrade] Raildriver and external hardware support
[Feature] Train Sim World 2 Mastery
[Feature] Driver Logbook
In Planning – These are still in the design stage and haven’t begun development:
[Preserved Collection] DGG-L6 01 – DB BR 204 (Developed by Rivet Games)
[Route Add-On] CBB-R7 01 – Arosa Line. With Ge 4/4 II. (Developed by Rivet Games)
[Route Add-On] NDD-R7 02 – Cane Creek. With AC4400CW & SD40-2. (Developed by Skyhook Games)
[Route Add-On] NDD-R5 01 – Clinchfield Railroad: Elkhorn – Dante. With SD40-2, F7 A/B.
[Route Add-On] DBB-R7 05 – Hamburg – Lubeck. With BR 112 + Doppelstockwagen & MRCE BR 182.
[Route Add-On] FBB-R7 01 – LGV Méditerranée: Marseille – Avignon. With TGV Duplex.
[Loco Add-On] GCC-L7 01 – Class 313 (East Coastway)
[Loco Add-On] GCC-L7 02 – Class 465 (Southeastern High Speed)
[Loco Add-On] DKK-L7 01 – DB BR 101 (Schnellfahrstrecke Köln-Aachen)
[Loco Add-On] DKK-L7 02 – DB BR 187 (Developed by Skyhook Games)
[Route Upgrade] Bakerloo Line expanded service
[Fix] Miles Platting
[Fix] Cement Circle
So, if like me you were looking forward to booting up the game and playing on your legacy routes in the new 4K engine with dynamic clouds and custom liveries, then I’m afraid you may have to wait a little longer if the one you want to simulate isn’t one of the five launched today – I personally wanted the Manchester to Leeds route. However, the new Train Sim World 2 does come with three routes as standard, including the Bakerloo Line on the London Underground! So although you can’t expand the content day-one, you’ll still have plenty to experience until the various content packs launch on the store.
I’d highly recommend you keep an eye on the Roadmap on the official website, which you can find here: https://live.dovetailgames.com/live/train-sim-world/tags/roadmap – as well as all of the news and information about the game which you can also find here: https://live.dovetailgames.com/live/train-sim-world/newsShare this article!