Rail Simulator (Kuju Rail Simulator) is a train simulation game published by Electronic Arts (EA) and produced by UK based Kuju Entertainment, the company which developed Microsoft Train Simulator (MSTS) with Microsoft.
After release of the EU version, EA's support and further development of the title was taken over by Rail Simulator Developments Ltd (RSDL), who continued to provide updates, fixes, official expansion packs and new content to players. RSDL has also released a much anticipated sequel to the first game called RailWorks, both online and on DVD-ROM.
With the release of Rail Simulator in October 2007, Kuju Entertainment finished development and disbanded the RailSim team turning its attention to the next project. Knowing the potential of the RailSim engine, and with backing from Fund4Games who owned the rights to the simulator, a new company was set up from some of the core members of the initial development team with the specific aim of fulfilling continued development of the brand and supporting users and third-party developers with add-on projects.
RSDL produced two patches to the core simulator (Upgrade Mk1 and Mk2, developed and released add-ons, helped the release of third-party products, and visited exhibitions to promote the simulation and provide support for users via several community websites.
In April 2009, a take over of RSDL was announced, with the development switching to a new version of the software called RailWorks which would be released on Steam. This change heralded a break from EA being the publisher in Europe and rights over the source code for Rail Simulator being transferred to single ownership by RailSimulator.com Ltd.
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