Bus Simulator 18

A busload full of new and improved features

Moenchengladbach/Germany, June 05, 2018 – Just a few days left until the release of the highly anticipated Bus Simulator 18 – the perfect time for astragon Entertainment GmbH and the developers of stillalive studios to grant players a deeper insight into a wide range of exciting features to be found in their new bus simulation game for PC - some of implementations of requests by the Bus Simulator community itself. The new features include such important gameplay elements as a synchronous multiplayer mode, the company management, the progression system, special in-bus events, day and night drives, weather conditions, the support of alternative control systems such as TrackIR and Tobii Eye Tracker as well as an expanded modding support. All of these will offer countless new and advanced gameplay opportunities to bus and simulation fans alike.

In Bus Simulator 18 players will get the opportunity to create their very own bus company either solo in single player mode or together with up to three friends in multiplayer mode and lead it to success in the fictional European city of Seaside Valley. During the course of the game they will be able to access and drive eight officially licensed and lovingly recreated bus models by worldwide renowned brands. Right at the start of the game the players will be able to take a seat in the cockpit of a maneuverable city bus with which they will create their first bus lines in the outskirts of the sprawling metropolis. By successfully completing routes and missions they will be able to increase their company’s reputation, earn experience and money which will in turn enable them to unlock more city districts and buses.

In comparison to Bus Simulator 16, Bus Simulator 18, which has been developed using Unreal® Engine 4, will come with a map that is 2.5 times bigger than that of its predecessor and also show considerably improved graphics and many new gameplay features.

These include driving during different daytimes (also at night) and under various weather conditions as well as a wide range of new special events. These can be roadworks blocking off routes, traffic accidents, passengers blocking the doors, listening to loud music or leaving trash or valuables behind requiring prompt intervention by the driver and many more.

The city of Seaside Valley consists of 12 different districts. In addition to the Old Town, various city areas and suburbs, this also includes remote villages, a business park as well as an industrial zone with affiliated harbor district. In Bus Simulator 18 players can therefore look forward to overland tours, drives along highways, roundabouts and railway crossings for the first time in the history of the Bus Simulator series.

The expansion of the bus company’s route network will be possible with the help of a route editor that has seen significant enhancements in comparison with the one present in Bus Simulator 16. The new editor will offer players more freedom when it comes to planning their routes and will give them even more opportunities to create routes that encompass the whole city. It will also be possible to freely change already finished routes anytime.

While driving, players should however not only keep a sharp eye on their time schedule and current traffic conditions. Next to observing traffic rules and the timely transport of their passengers, bus drivers will also have to pay close attention to speed bumps and potholes so that their customers will arrive at their destination safely and comfortably. This will of course be beneficial to the reputation of their bus company and career.

Next to the public image of the bus company, all bus stops of Bus Simulator 18 will be included in a progression system. This means that frequently used stops will increase by and by in rank and gain popularity, which in turn will lead to an increase in passengers who like to use them as the starting point of their journey. In addition to their own tours players will also be able to take care of expanding their bus fleet and manage employed drivers. The salaries of the employees differs depending on their qualifications, whereby experienced bus drivers will be able to complete their routes significantly safer and therefore earn higher revenues. Beginners for their part keep steadily improving their skills by gaining more experience trip per trip. Players should consider carefully which driver they want to hire, and which routes to assign to that driver.

Should bus company owners cross paths with their staff during the game they will of course be able to see each other’s buses and flash their headlights as a greeting. It is also possible to enter the buses of other drivers and hitch a ride.

Players who enjoy giving their buses a personal touch can look forward to the extensive customization options in Bus Simulator 18. They will be able to choose not only from different color bases but also from a wide range of patterns, decals and even complete all-over skins.

Even more creative freedom will be offered by the modding support feature of Bus Simulator 18. With the help of the game’s modding kit, available in the Steam Workshop at launch, players will not only get the opportunity to create new buses but also completely new maps and cities, which they will be able to share with other bus fans via the Steam workshop.

All players, who would like to use more than their mouse and keyboard to control their buses, will be happy to know that Bus Simulator 18 will support most common steering wheels and gamepads as well as tracking systems such as TrackIR und Tobii Eye Tracker. Another first for the popular simulation series. There will also be a wide range of options for the individual setup of their control devices. Players will in addition be able to choose between a simplified or realistic game mode.

Bus Simulator 18 for PC will become available on June 13, 2018 in retail and digital stores. The recommended sales price will be 29.99 Euro, 34.99 USD, 26.99 GBP.

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For more information visit:

Homepage:    http://www.bussimulator-game.com/ 

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Steam Link:    http://store.steampowered.com/app/515180/Bus_Simulator_18/

Discord:          https://discord.gg/astragon

Pressroom:    http://news.cision.com/de/astragon-entertainment-gmbh/

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© 2018 astragon Entertainment GmbH and stillalive studios. Published and distributed by astragon Entertainment GmbH. Bus Simulator 18, astragon, astragon Entertainment and its logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of astragon Entertainment GmbH. "Mercedes-Benz" and the "three-pointed star in a ring" are trademarks of Daimler AG and used under license by astragon Entertainment GmbH. Manufactured under license from MAN. MAN is a trademark of MAN Truck & Bus AG. IVECO BUS and URBANWAY are brands of CNH Industrial. Manufactured under license from CNH Industrial. "Setra" and "K im Kreis" are trademarks of EvoBus GmbH and used under license by astragon Entertainment GmbH. Unreal, Unreal Engine, the circle-U logo and the Powered by the Unreal Engine logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States and elsewhere. All intellectual property relating to the buses and bus equipment, associated brands and images (including trademarks and/or copyrighted materials) featured in the game are therefore the property of their respective companies. The buses in this game may vary from the actual products in shape, colour and performance. All rights reserved. All other names, trademarks and logos are property of their respective owners. 

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Press contact:

Carsten Höh

PR & Community Manager
Phone: 49 (0) 21 66 - 6 18 66 - 47
Fax: 49 (0) 21 66 - 6 18 66 - 20
Email: c.hoeh@astragon.de

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astragon Entertainment GmbH

astragon Entertainment (founded in 2000) ranks among the leading independent games publishers in Germany. Our versatile product portfolio focuses on high-quality technical simulation games such as Construction Simulator, Farming Simulator or Bus Simulator, but also covers complex economic simulations and strategy games. The distribution of the Big Fish franchise (Mystery Case Files, Dark Parables, Grim Tales) completes our exciting product range. Games by astragon are available world-wide on many different platforms such as consoles, smartphones, tablets and PC. Please visit us for more information at http://www.astragon.de/en/.

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stillalive studios

stillalive studios is an award-winning game development team whose goal is to create dynamic and unique games. The company was incorporated in early 2013 in Innsbruck (Austria) and today counts about 20 members. We are an experienced and enthusiastic team of game developers embracing both gameplay and technological challenges, working with both Unity and Unreal. For more information visit http://stillalive-studios.com/.

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The astragon Entertainment GmbH and the astragon Sales & Services GmbH have emerged as the core of the newly created astragon group formerly consisting of the two games publishers astragon Software GmbH (founded in 2000) and rondomedia Marketing & Vertriebs GmbH (founded in 1998) in July 2015. Today, the astragon group is the second largest producer and marketer of computer games in Germany (number of units CD-ROM/DVD as per GfK Media Control, complete annual evaluation 2015). The main focus of the group’s product range lies with casual games and technical simulation games for PC. Adventure games and economy simulations complement astragon’s diverse portfolio. The popular game series “Big Fish Games“, “play+smile“ and “Best of Simulations“ form three strong umbrella brands by astragon in retail market. Additionally to the distribution to retail partners in the German language area by the astragon Sales & Services GmbH, products are also marketed internationally under license and via download by the astragon Entertainment GmbH. Games for consoles, mobile devices as well as smartphones and tablets complete astragons product range. For more information, please visit http://www.astragon.de/en/.