Redmond, WA, January 19, 2007 – Following the successful release of Microsoft Flight Simulator X, the Aces Studio is using the same technology to develop a new version of Microsoft Train Simulator. Unrelated to our previous Train Simulator development efforts, this version will be an all-new product built on the Flight Simulator X platform, the culmination of 25 years of product development and technology.
It’s too early to discuss the details of this product, but we look forward to sharing more information later this year.
Eventually announced in January 2007, Microsoft Train Simulator 2 was eventually canceled two years later in 2009. This came as the Aces Studio was closed by Microsoft, leading to the development of simulators going elsewhere. This did, though, mean the end of MTS2.
It’s a shame as it looked to have brought a huge amount of positive change to train simulation. It ran on a modified version of FSX, further fuelling excitement. This was actually the second attempt to reboot the series after the 2004 attempt, which failed. This sad end to a popular part of the simulation series has since been replaced by other simulators.
Besides, the original would have needed immense amounts of work. It would have shipped with a mere four high-definition routes and an unknown number of usable trains. It’s a real shame to see that this came around as many fans of simulation loved the offerings from the Aces Studio.
Eventually, the new group formed as part of the new studio known as Cascade Game Foundry. MTS was replaced on the market by Rail Simulator. This was the most recent in the grouping and is one of the few modern train simulators which you can mess around with.
Sadly, it looks like the days of waiting for MTS2 are gone. There is next to no real development information available about the game. Nor are there are many details regarding Cascade’s own attempt revive it. They did, though, work on the impressive Infinite Scuba title.
Say it quietly, but this one might be dead in the water.
However, we still have MSTS downloads in our file library here.