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  • Sneak Peek - Early In-Development In-game Video

    We've been hard at work on all fronts of Trainz development - code and content updates, new features, new functionality, and, as you've seen in the recent Dev Diaries, new materials and shaders.We just had to stop for a minute this week and capture this little bit of footage that caught our eye.

    We hope you like the new visual direction Trainz is taking with such great technical terms as "PBR", "Parallax", "IBL" and more.


    Click the image above to watch the video.

    And yes, before someone asks, the video is all in-game footage, and there's still plenty of room for tweaking things yet. Probably the most noticeable difference is how the strong sunlight reflects differently based upon which surface it is reflecting off. For example, at around 0:14 you see how strong the reflection is on the right hand side of the benchtop which is in direct line with the sun, while the wood finish on the left side doesn't get hit by that reflection.For more information on future Trainz development be sure to keep up-to-date at http://trainzportal.com or see all the articles and have your say https://forums.auran.com/trainz/content.php
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. Vern's Avatar
      Vern -
      Looks interesting and much more lifelike than current Trainz appearance.

      Of course much yet to be revealed and significant graphics improvements need to be complemented by good physics and sounds.

      And it is also essential that the routes and train-sets selected as default in the new version of Trainz are carefully chosen or commissioned to do it justice, really should be a case of out with the old...
    1. nicky9499's Avatar
      nicky9499 -
      Still a WIP I know but there aren't any shadows being cast on the floor which kind of throws off the whole realistic vibe.
      Regardless, what's more interesting is the seemingly dynamically-generated sleepers in the background. Can you guys shed more light on this in the next dev post please?
    1. WindWalkr's Avatar
      WindWalkr -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicky9499 View Post
      Regardless, what's more interesting is the seemingly dynamically-generated sleepers in the background. Can you guys shed more light on this in the next dev post please?
      Are you talking about the procedural track? Or something else?

      chris
    1. ish6's Avatar
      ish6 -
      Looks Interesting!
      Ish
    1. nicky9499's Avatar
      nicky9499 -
      Yes Chris that sounds like the right name for it.
    1. Dinorius_Redundicus's Avatar
      Dinorius_Redundicus -
      Is that “volumetric light” that’s shining through the roof?
    1. EverTrainz's Avatar
      EverTrainz -
      Looks great, but shadows in interiors would be even better, like what Nicky has said above.

      What does this mean for reflections? It looks like the sun is being reflected off the wood, but will we have more or less accurate reflections opposed to a cubemap?
    1. JAGG's Avatar
      JAGG -
      I would focus more on overall performance improvement instead. I see still strange jerking&twitching under certain angles while having not bad FPS (around 25-30) at the same time. And if I move point of sight into the steamer smoke, then my TANE gets totally lazy.
    1. WindWalkr's Avatar
      WindWalkr -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicky9499 View Post
      Yes Chris that sounds like the right name for it.
      Procedural Track is one of the features that was added to T:ANE thanks to the kickstarter campaign. You can find a lot of info about it on our wiki and here on the forums, and there's an intro video here.

      hth,

      chris
    1. WindWalkr's Avatar
      WindWalkr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dinorius_Redundicus View Post
      Is that “volumetric light” that’s shining through the roof?
      This effect is also present in T:ANE as long as you have your post-processing turned up. See this screenshot for example.

      chris
    1. Dinorius_Redundicus's Avatar
      Dinorius_Redundicus -
      By "turned up" do you mean set on Ultra?

      When I use Ultra, things get fuzzy up close so I'm forced to back off to High. Hence I've never seen that light shining effect in my Trainz world.
    1. Zeldaboy14's Avatar
      Zeldaboy14 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dinorius_Redundicus View Post
      By "turned up" do you mean set on Ultra?

      When I use Ultra, things get fuzzy up close so I'm forced to back off to High. Hence I've never seen that light shining effect in my Trainz world.
      That's what he means. I have it disabled as well, because the first day i maxed out settings for T:ANE, i couldn't figure out what was causing that, and sadly couldn't use something that looked good

      Also, to say the least, i'm at a loss of words over this. You guys are making Trainz better then the competitor in every way IMO.
    1. WindWalkr's Avatar
      WindWalkr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dinorius_Redundicus View Post
      By "turned up" do you mean set on Ultra?

      When I use Ultra, things get fuzzy up close so I'm forced to back off to High. Hence I've never seen that light shining effect in my Trainz world.
      Yes, ultra. The "fuzziness" up close is also deliberate. You can temporarily tune the effects via the post-process settings window, to get a better understanding for what's going on.

      chris
    1. RailFan500CA's Avatar
      RailFan500CA -
      This looks fantastic! This might be a reason to get a better video card and install a 64-bit copy of windows 7 if windows 7 is supported. But there is just one thing it needs now. And that is shadows. Keep up the good work!

    1. oknotsen's Avatar
      oknotsen -
      Quote Originally Posted by RailFan500CA View Post
      But there is just one thing it needs now. And that is shadows.
      TANE (so the current latest version of the game) has that already.
    1. RailFan500CA's Avatar
      RailFan500CA -
      By shadows I mean shadows in the cab.
    1. pdkoester's Avatar
      pdkoester -
      So, let me get this straight, more is developing, extra effects added, but still nothing like the UP SD40-2 unit we saw introduced in 2015 preview? Or, am I jumping ahead, and this is to be coming soon?
    1. ZecMurphy's Avatar
      ZecMurphy -
      Quote Originally Posted by RailFan500CA View Post
      By shadows I mean shadows in the cab.
      Hi RailFan500CA
      TANE does provide support for full shadows in the cab views. However it does require the asset to have the necessary tag added to it. Unfortunately, most cab views for Trainz do not have any of the outside of the cab/body modelled (unless seen through the windows), and as such are not suitable for shadows in Trainz. This tag allows creators to 'opt in' to the in-cab shadows if their cab view is setup to handle them.

      Regards
    1. trainmaster745's Avatar
      trainmaster745 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
      Looks interesting and much more lifelike than current Trainz appearance.

      Of course much yet to be revealed and significant graphics improvements need to be complemented by good physics and sounds.

      And it is also essential that the routes and train-sets selected as default in the new version of Trainz are carefully chosen or commissioned to do it justice, really should be a case of out with the old...
    1. trainzrule2's Avatar
      trainzrule2 -
      Will the German ET91 "Gläserner Zug" shown in the video be part of the new Trainz-version? I'm looking forward to interesting sessions featuring this piece of heritage. So here's my guess: Trainz:NEXT is going to include a German electrified route for this charter train. I hope it will be open for commercial duty too.