I'm sure they're building something and not sitting twiddling their thumbs but what is the question? The MSTS2 website and blogs say very little about the concept of The World of Rails which appears to promise so much but may lead to disappointment.bigvern wrote:After the disappointment - supreme disappointment - of EARS I'm actually trying to remain quite pragmatic about MSTS2. At the moment there's no evidence either way of what WOR will offer. It could be that MS have somehow amassed a wealth of data and have 100 artists beavering away on structure and rolling stock construction to ensure each and every mile of route represents the prototype. Or it could be we get 100,000 miles of blue vector lines on the landscape.
Only time will tell...
However I do happen to agree that some more detailed information from Aces/MS would not go amiss - even if they can't announce specific routes some more details of how it will all work would be very welcome.
I'll buy it even if did only have US content
There's also confusion about whether MSTS2 simply uses the FS-X game engine or is actually built upon FS-X. The latter raises doubts as TMTS was to be a 2D sim made into a 3D sim but a year after the announcement it still didn't have drivable curves. The idea of adding railways to a flightsim with airports as stations and autogen scenery in between is unlikely to please MSTS and Trainz users looking for a new sim. It would be an entirely new concept. The World of Trains is publicised as an entirely new concept.
I was always pragmatic to the point of scepticism regarding TMTS and RS privately and wouldn't have been surprised if RS hadn't been released. I couldn't be as disappointed as others appear although given the many reservations expressed over two years, I'm amazed at how disappointed people appear to be.
A Pandora's Box has been opened by allowing people to tear into Kuju and EA as they did. MS havn't provided anything like the amount of information at the same point in the sims development. I doubt being told that's a strategy based upon what happened to RS will be accepted not least as it was said Kuju didn't talk to the community. If RS flops then all eyes will turn upon MSTS2 and I suspect the impatience will only increase. If RS succeeds then MSTS2 can continue to be developed quietly and the results would probably be better and not sure whether Bazza keeping the kettle boiling is in fact helping or hindering?
I doubt people like questions answered by speculation from other members which was allowed on the RS forum but a precedent has been set.
MS and ACES will get a better ride due to personalities but newer members are likely to treat the two sims equally in terms of demands and expectations which are incredibly high.
In my opinion they're too high.
There's a lot of hysteria which is serving no one and members want to calm down a bit to allow developers of all sims to get on with their work which may mean we could have a choice of four sims which has to be good for trainsimming