JR East Train Simulator

JR East Train Simulator

The first new entry in Ongakukan's Train Simulator series in 15 years, based on the studio's professional simulators used by JR East for crew training.
 PC

Overview

JR East Train Simulator is a train driving simulation game developed by Ongakukan and digital release by East Japan Railway Company for the PC (via Steam) on November 15, 2022. It was originally released on Steam Early Access on September 19, 2022. It is the first in the series to receive both a digital release and a worldwide release.

A revival of the studio's Train Simulator series (after a 15-year hiatus since Railfan: Taiwan High Speed Rail), JR East Train Simulator has players driving passenger trains through parts of multiple JR East lines in Japan. The base game includes a small portion of each of the three initial routes (Tōkaidō Line, Chūō Line Rapid, and Ōito Line), and makes use of full-priced DLC expansions for the full JR East sections of those routes.

As with the rest of the Train Simulator series, JR East Train Simulation uses high-definition live-action cab footage as full-motion video for the outside view, with the speed of the video playback adjusted for the train's speed to give the illusion of driving a real-life train. Based on the industrial train simulators Ongakukan produced after the release of Railfan, much of the game's physics and soundscape are authentic, with the cab instruments based on official specifications.

Routes

The Early Access version of the game included two different routes with short distances, none of which are playable at this time: