Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby kamrienlorrry » Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:38 am

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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby Plokky » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:17 am

kamrienlorrry wrote:I have recently join this site and this is nice idea for providing us information about this new Microsoft simulator. Would you mind to let us know more about this? Thanks!


Very unfortunately Microsoft decided to close the ACES Studios on January 23rd and 150 great people producing MSTS2 and Flight Simulator got laid off. Same to Microsoft ESP.

Officially www.tsinsider.com tells "postponed indefinetely".

Though www.cascadegamefoundry.com seems to start up something new?
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby hazmatmess » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:29 pm

I recently found this:

http://www.cascadegamefoundry.com/about/

Looks like the former ACES studios staff started their own gaming company (under The Team area).....
We might get our MSTS 2 afterall. If you look under Projects, the title of the article maybe a clue as to their first release.....

Well I wish them the best of luck.
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby taoyue » Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:58 pm

Cascade Game Foundry is a two-person startup. Don't expect too much from them. At least, not soon.
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby Plokky » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:34 pm

Nah.. it's not a two person start up... certainly not...
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby keeper1616 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:39 am

Plokky wrote:Nah.. it's not a two person start up... certainly not...

Actually, it is.
The two founders, Creative Director Rick Selby and Managing Director Kathie Flood, are no strangers to simulations – both are former Microsoft Aces Studio leaders and industry veterans. Not only will Cascade Game Foundry address the significant hole in the simulation market left by Microsoft's recent departure, it will push new boundaries with the latest in cutting-edge graphics, simulation and web technology.

http://www.flightsimhangar.com/fsblog/?p=1029

I'm not saying that they are the only employees at this point, but it certainly was a two person startup.
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby Plokky » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:50 am

Those are the two FOUNDERS.... but it's NOT a two person start up as such. There's a whole team behind it! (That's what the press release states too)

My company www.signalsimulation.com has two FOUNDERS as well, but we employ more people than we show the outside world.

The persons you refer to, are the public face of the company. But that doesn't make it a two person start-up.
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby keeper1616 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:11 pm

15 Employees at this time according to LinkedIn. Not sure how accurate that is, but is dead on for a few other companies that I looked up.

So, bottom line is the staffing isn't nearly as big at is was at ACES, but enough that in a little while they may start producing titles. I would be surprised if the first one wasn't a flight sim title though.
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby Plokky » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:32 pm

15 staff to make a good sim IS possible. It all depends on experience and domain knowledge. And they had ampel time to get both of that for any kind of simulation.
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby L'mont » Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:18 am

Is there any more recent chatter about a completed Train Sim 2? It seems like it was very far along in the development process and shouldn't have needed too much longer. I'm really hoping for them to role this out!
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby LIRRMEDFORD » Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:21 pm

Still nothing yet as microsoft released all the people in their gaming department... but former ACES staff have formed their own simulator development company. I'll be sure to let you know if something comes up.
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby toolmaker » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:01 am

LIRRMEDFORD wrote:Still nothing yet as microsoft released all the people in their gaming department... but former ACES staff have formed their own simulator development company. I'll be sure to let you know if something comes up.



Are these the same people now advertising Train Simulator 2102?
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby LIRRMEDFORD » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:59 pm

Sorry for the long time until the reply i've been having net issues but these are not the same people. The guys that developed rail simulator aka railworks is called kuju entertainment and they left earlier in the development of MSTS 2 when they couldn't have their input implemented in the the game. These guys from aces were the game developers for all games period including the favored flight simulation.
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby RGlueck » Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:00 pm

Raising the dead here. Is there a modern edition of MSTS out which works well with Win7? Also, is there a completed Long Island Rail Road route which takes me to Oyster Bay or Port Jeff? Lastly, can I run FM's and ALCO's on this program?
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Re: Microsoft announces all-new Train Simulator

Postby Fan Railer » Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:58 pm

RGlueck wrote:Raising the dead here. Is there a modern edition of MSTS out which works well with Win7? Also, is there a completed Long Island Rail Road route which takes me to Oyster Bay or Port Jeff? Lastly, can I run FM's and ALCO's on this program?


http://openrails.org/
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