The Summer Plan for Rail Nation

Dear players,

We’d like to update you on our plans for Rail Nation over the coming months. If you’re in a hurry, here’s a quick summary of the main points:

  • On 7th July, the Rail Nation Summer Games are starting – a community event on all game worlds.
  • A new round of Fast Forward is starting directly afterwards on 29th and 31st July.
  • Shortly after the end of the Fast Forward game worlds, Masters is starting the third round on 28th August. The Clash! tournament will also be taking place again at the same time.
  • Our focus in development is on the technical quality of the game.
  • This means that other major projects will be put on hold for the time being, including the new scenario “Orient Express”. For the time being, we want to limit ourselves to game content which involves less development.

Changes are always possible, but it was important for us to give you an overview now, so you can plan which events you’d like to participate in. In-depth information and final details on each of the events will follow in future blog posts.

Rail Nation Summer Games

Since the ultimate sporting event in Tokyo has now been postponed until next year, we are launching our own interpretation on all game worlds – naturally with disciplines adapted to Rail Nation. We will reveal more information about that in this blog on 6th July.

Fast Forward 3

Following the amazing popularity of the last two rounds, we have been looking for a suitable time to offer you a third round of high-paced fun with Fast Forward this summer. We have finally decided on 29th and 31st July. More details will be released in the blog.

Masters 3 and Clash!

The biggest tournament of the year is likewise entering its third round, straight after Fast Forward ends. This year, we will again offer the Rising Star game world for less experienced players as well as the Allstar game worlds (including qualification round) for pros. Like last year, Clash! will take place at the same time as an alternative tournament.

Technical quality and game content

Even more important than these events is the technical quality of the game. Some of these improvements have already been implemented in the background. For instance, we regularly had problems with load balancers on our game servers at the start of this year and were able to fix these issues a few months ago. The new shop is also one of the new technical changes we have introduced. Here, outdated technology often caused problems and limited us in development. That chapter is now closed. What’s more, we have expanded our team of developers and created the new role of Technical Director, who will help us to organise the game’s technical development.

Development is currently focused on a major update for HTML5, which fixes a range of bugs and will simplify development in the future.
The technical quality of the game provides the foundation for everything else that we do in Rail Nation. That’s why we have put major projects like Orient Express on hold for now to concentrate on what matters most at present: game quality. But we also understand that many players want more variety. For this reason, we will not neglect this aspect entirely and will continue to offer you events. On the one hand, this means popular events like Masters, Fast Forward and Origin Journey. On the other hand, there will be new ideas that allow us to make little adjustments to event game worlds that significantly change the gameplay. We’ll say more about that in the future.

Until the next blog post,

Your Rail Nation Team

10 thoughts on “The Summer Plan for Rail Nation

  1. Ein ganz großes Lob an das Entwicklerteam! Ihr leistet seit Jahren absolut hervorragende Arbeit! Ich weiß auch, das es euch nicht vordergründig ums Geld geht, sondern um das Wohl des Kunden. Zudem seid ihr mit euren treuen Spielern und Fans durch unsere große Liebe, die Eisenbahn, verbunden! Hört nicht auf all das Gemecker, ihr macht (fast) alles richtig und ohne Euch wäre das Leben lange nicht so schön. Ein Riesenkompliment auch noch mal dafür, das ihr freiwillig die (wenigen) Fehler für uns Spieler beseitigen werdet. So viel Einsatz ist nicht selbstverständlich heutzutage. Ihr seid super, macht einfach weiter so und der Erfolg und viele glückliche Kunden werden euch recht geben!

  2. Please return the free lottery ticket! It sucks not having them any more! That is the only complaint that I currently have. Thank you,

  3. a ronda fast wardfor 4x é a melhor para quem não tem tempo a perder como eu (86 anos) por este motivo deveria fazer parte da programação anual, com um detalhe,( 4 dias por era é muito rápido e não se consegue evoluir o laboratório. acelerem o mesmo sei que é facil fazer isto.
    Exemplo: clasic-laboratório 24hs= 5 pontos
    spress……………….12hs= 5 pontos
    fast wardfor……… 6hs= 5 pontos
    e assim por diante.
    opinião de quem joga a 6anos.

  4. Feuerwehr hört nicht auf jeden Nörgler.
    Ich finde es gut, dass es Abwechslung gibt. Und Neuerungen sind ja auch nicht immer schlecht. Macht weiter so

  5. Große Pläne, viel Erfolg mit der Umsetzung, Ich werde wie viele andere auch mit Freude in die Zukunft blicken und die Verbesserungen geniessen.

  6. Ich möchte Euch mal mit der Gastronomie vergleichen.
    Ihr entwickelt Euch zu einer Großküche. Habt viele Sachen am kochen müsst hier und dort tätig sein habt viele Köche. Geschmacklich, sprich funktionell ist vieles im argen.
    Ein gut geführtes kleineres Lokal wird eh einen Stern erreichen als eine Kantine.
    Weniger ist manchmal mehr Qualität.

  7. Pontos-chave em português: Planos para o futuro
    – 07.07.2020 começam os Jogos de Verão Rail Nation – um evento comunitário em todos os mundos de jogo. Mais informações no blog de dia 6 de julho.
    – 29 e 31 de Julho começam novas rondas de Fast Forward.
    – 28 de Agosto começa a 3ª ronda do Masters, ao mesmo tempo que o torneio Clash!
    – O nosso foco actual está na qualidade técnica do jogo. Isto significa que outros projectos maiores serão postos em espera de momento, incluindo o novo cenário “Orient Express”.

    Mais detalhes sobre cada evento serão publicados em futuras publicações no blog. Mas queríamos dar-vos esta visão geral para saberem com o que contar e poderem planear em quais eventos estão mais interessados em participar.

    Qualidade técnica e conteúdo de jogo:
    – Já foram implementadas algumas melhorias neste campo, por ex., tínhamos problemas com os load balancers no início deste ano, e conseguimos solucioná-los há alguns meses. A nova loja também é uma destas melhorias técnicas. Neste caso, o problema era a tecnologia antiga que causava frequentemente problemas e nos limitava no desenvolvimento.
    – Além disto, expandimos a nossa equipa de programadores e criámos um novo cargo de Director Técnico, que nos irá ajudar a organizar o desenvolvimento técnico do jogo.
    – O desenvolvimento está atualmente focado numa enorme actualização para o HTML5, que corrige uma grande variedade de erros e vai simplificar o desenvolvimento no futuro.

    “A qualidade técnica do jogo é a base para tudo o resto que é feito no Rail Nation. Por isso é que pusemos projectos maiores como o Orient Express em espera para nos concentrarmos no que mais importa no momento: a qualidade do jogo. Mas também compreendemos que muitos jogadores querem mais variedade. Por este motivo, não iremos negligenciar este aspecto completamente e continuaremos a oferecer-vos eventos. Por um lado, isto significa eventos populares como o Masters, o Fast Forward e o Origin Journey. Por outro, haverão novas ideias que nos permitirão fazer pequenos ajustes a mundos de jogo de evento que alterarão significativamente a forma de jogar. Diremos mais no futuro.

    Até ao próximo post do blog,
    A vossa equipa Rail Nation”

    Cumps,
    Pimpmytrain
    Community Manager Rail Nation BR/PT

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