Electronic Arts have announced that they're to launch Rail Simulator, firmly lodging the genre of train simulation in to the mass market.


The title is being developed by Kuju, who were responsible for Microsoft's Train Simulator and had been working on a sequel before it was suddenly dropped from release schedules over a year ago. EA's simulator will offer the ability to drive steam, diesel and electric trains on a number of real routes in the UK and Germany.

A totally new game engine is being developed, which is said to provide "new levels of immersion and allowing enthusiasts to get even closer to the experience of driving their favourite locomotives" and is also expected to continue the community involvement by allowing owners to develop their own routes and expansion packs - of which more than 40 were made for Microsoft's title.

More details about the game are set to be announced on the official Rail Simulator website as development continues, and a European release of the game is planned for 2006.

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