CHAPEL HILL, NC - August 9, 2005 - Merscom LLC today announced an agreement with Auran Games to publish "Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006" for the PC in North America. The latest installment in the Trainz franchise, Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 brings the world of trains to the computer desktop and puts players in the engineer's seat. Virtual conductors can design rail systems using over 7,500 scenery objects and drive more than 150 types of locomotives over hundreds of miles of stunning 3D terrain. Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 is scheduled for a Q4 2005 release.
One of the most anticipated features of Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 is Content Manager Plus, a new asset management utility that lets players easily access and organize files, download new content from the Download Station (which has over 50,000 assets), and even edit existing components. The Trainz tools and rules systems have been greatly improved to give players more flexibility than ever before in creating a personalized railroad adventure, and enhancements to the physics engine have significantly enhanced the driving experience.
Once known as the working title "Engineer's Edition", Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 will ship with fully realized routes that include a wide range of activities users can immediately enjoy. Players will be able to embark on long haul freight services, high-speed passenger runs and challenging yard operations, all while servicing a huge variety of interactive stations and industries.
"We are very excited to publish Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 as it fills a huge void in the US market," said Lloyd Melnick, Director of Merscom. "Ever since Microsoft discontinued its railroad simulator, hundreds of thousands of fans have been clamoring for a train simulator using great technology. We have the best product on the market to satisfy those fans."
"We are delighted to be working with Lloyd and his team at Merscom to bring the latest and greatest version of Trainz to the North American market" says Graham Edelsten, Director of Auran Games. "Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 is our most complete product ever with 10 routes and 60 ready to run scenarios straight out of the box!"
For more information on TRS2006 please visit http://www.VirtualTrainz.com.
About Auran Games
Auran is an innovative firm dedicated to providing high quality computer games and 3D technology. Auran's philosophy "Don't predict it, Create it" is reflected in its products and services and has led to Auran becoming one of Australia's most exciting interactive entertainment companies. Auran is best known for its acclaimed 3D game engine Auran Jet® (www.auranjet.com), and for its international hit computer game Dark Reign: The Future of War.
About Merscom LLC
Merscom LLC is a publisher of PC and console games. Founded in 1999 by video game veterans with over a decade of experience working with the industry's leading developers and publishers, Merscom produces entertaining products for gamers of all ages and guarantees all customers a great experience with its "Fun Guarantee". For more information visit www.merscom.com.
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