Microsoft Train Simulator 2 (cancelled PC simulation game; 2003-2009)
Microsoft Train Simulator 2 was a planned sequel to the original Microsoft Train Simulator for Windows PCs as part of the “Games for Windows” brand. It was meant to run on a modified version of the Flight Simulator X engine. Two attempts to develop the game were made, one in early 2000 and another in the later part of the decade. Eventually, the game was postponed indefinitely after the closing of Aces Studio in 2009.
The first attempt to make the game was in 2003, when a sequel was announced to be developed by Kuju Entertainment, the developers of the original Microsoft Train Simulator. It was to feature new routes and trains, animated people, and functioning turntables among other additions. A preview of the game was shown at the May 2003 E3. However, just 3 months later Kuju would hand the development over to Microsoft Game Studios, who would eventually cancel the title in Spring 2004.
The second attempt to develop Microsoft Train Simulator 2 began in 2007 but was now being made by the Microsoft subsidiary Aces Studio, known for the Microsoft Flight Simulator series. They planned to use parts of the Flight Simulator X engine in order to develop the game. In August 2007, Microsoft showed a preview of the game at the Games Convention in Germany. They also released a press kit that included several prototype images, in-game renders, and two videos demonstrating a global track corridor system and global network data.
However, in January 2009, Microsoft announced that they were closing down Aces Studio, postponing all development on MTS2 indefinitely. Microsoft has stated that they are committed to both the Train and Flight Simulator series, but it is unknown if development on Microsoft Train Simulator 2 will ever be completed.