Saturday, 2 February 2019

North East England - Scenario Creation Kit

Firstly can I just say a thanks to all those who have downloaded the route and given very kind comments around various forums, it makes it all worth the effort and is greatly appreciated.

The next goal in development on the North East England is the creation and release of a scenario creation kit for users.  You may have seen it briefly outlined in the manual and it's the reason why there is a lack of station signs in the route, those that remained will be removed.

The scenario creation kit will be a download of assets that contain a range of era-specific scenario folders that creators can add to their own scenarios. It doesn't involve any asset placement for the user themselves, they simply match the era of the scenario to the relevant era-specific scenario folder that I have provided and they copy/paste the folder into their new scenario folder. This then gets distributed as normal with the scenario and anyone who downloads and drives the scenario will have correct station signage for the era represented.

Another advantage of this system also means that when I release the more advanced era-specific quick drive for the route, signs will automatically match whatever era you choose to drive.

As a quick example of what I mean, look at the two screenshots below. In the first screenshot the scenario folder contains the 2016-17 scenery folder and Virgin are proudly displaying banners for the now delayed 'Azuma' trains on the East Coast. Fast forward to a scenario folder containing the 2018-19 scenery folder and they have been removed.

More information and a release date for this new system will be announced on the blog in due course.


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