You know what PSVR doesn’t have enough of? Simulation games. Not the silly type that star goats, I mean actual simulators. It’s a surprisingly untapped market for such a dedicated audience. That said, it looks like the first PSVR train simulator is indeed on the way. Sort of.
Gematsu recently spotted an Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) listing for A-Train Express. It’s a train simulator that released in Japan in late 2017. And, yes, it has PSVR support. The ESRB listing suggests it’s on its way to the US.
In the game, you build your own railways and develop cities around them. There’s a driving mode that gives you a first-person view of the action, though the game’s mainly concerned with making everything run on time. Check out the trailer below.
Sadly, though, it doesn’t look like you’ll be able to actually drive trains in VR. PSVR support includes a ‘VR Railroad Model Mode’. This apparently just lets you view certain cityscapes as VR dioramas. That’s a bit of a disappointment. We wouldn’t hold out hope for any significant additions to the game since the Japanese release, either.
Still, it’s the closest thing PSVR fans have to a proper simulation right now. We don’t know when A-Train Express will be officially announced for PS4 but keep an eye out for it. Over on the PC VR side, promising train simulator Derail Valley will be arriving later this week. That looks like a more thorough entry into the genre that we’ll hopefully see on PSVR too at some point.