Factsheet

Developer:
Altfuture
Based in Belgrade, Serbia

Release date:
January 18, 2019

Platforms:
Steam (Windows 64-bit)

Website:
derailvalley.com

Regular Price:

TBA

Description

Derail Valley is a highly immersive train driving simulator, letting you truly be in a train cab and operate controls with your own hands! Choose jobs and deliver a variety of cargo between industries in a vast open world, using a diesel-electric shunter or a heavy steam locomotive. Explore the beautiful landscape of 256 km² filled with railways, industries and maybe even some secrets!

Freely choose step-by-step jobs found in offices of every industry. They include (un)loading, shunting and hauling, involving dozens of cargo types modeled after a realistic industry chain. Use the hard-earned money to refuel and service locomotives, or even buy new ones! Finally, try to stay on the tracks!

Derail Valley Early Access is a major upgrade to the award-winning demo from 2016, being developed by a small team.

Features

  • Built for VR from the ground up
  • Emergent simulation of a shunter & steam locomotive
  • 256 km² open world
  • Procedural jobs driven by industry chain
  • Derailment physics
  • Locomotive maintenance & basic damage

History

Before Derail Valley

Altfuture was a 1-man company founded by Slobodan Stevic in 2015. Slobodan, a self-taught developer with experience in the game industry had spent a few years solely developing his first game called Switchcars. Soon after Altfuture self-published Switchcars the following year to amazing player reception, it inspired team expansion and development of another project.

Inception of Derail Valley

The trio that started Derail Valley consisted of Slobodan Stevic, Nenad Ognjanovic and Ivan Notaros. They've known each other for many years prior and, having shared the passion for games, technology and vehicles, shared a brief idea of creating a "next-gen" train simulator in the summer of 2015. The idea was then reignited next year after the release of VR headsets, which further fortified the vision. Having set a small-scale plan for the game, the team began spare time development on Derail Valley, gradually turning it into a full-time involvement over the following months. By the end of the year, maximum effort was put into getting the game ready for MSI VR JAM, which required making the entry available for free, online. On December 28th, 2016 the team learned that Derail Valley has won the 3rd place worldwide on this jam, securing an award of $15,000 which they dedicated to further continue development of the game.

Post-demo and funding

Following overwhelmingly positive reception of the now publicly available free demo, the team went to develop Derail Valley into a greater-scale project that they originally dreamed it to be, now with aim to innovate both train simulators and VR simulataneously. Already, a community of fans sharing the same vision for the game was growing, however after Notaros left the team, project went through several turbulent months of missing deadlines, re-organizing and looking for investment, changing its original release date plans. Eventually Nenad and Slobodan developed a business plan and got the project funded by Serbian Innovation Fund, securing team expansion to five members and one year of development.

Team expansion and closed beta

Over the following months the team has been expanded with two new programmers and an artist, and the game was almost entirely rewritten to allow for large worlds, walking outside, item interaction, non-VR controls and other unique features not present in the demo. Rather than being released during this fragile process, the game was instead made available to a small team of closed beta testers, consisting of active VR and train simulator enthusiasts as well as real train drivers. During this period the game was updated almost every week and actively reiterated with focus on tester feedback and new features. In the final month of 2018, Altfuture announced the Early Access release date to be January 18, 2019.


Videos

Early Access Trailer  YouTube

Teaser Trailer  YouTube


Images

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download logo files as .zip (22MB)
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Awards & Recognition

  • "MSI VR JAM 2017 - 3rd place award" | Taipei, January 23, 2017
  • "GameUp 2017 - 1rd place award" | Belgrade, March 18, 2017
  • "Casual Connect Kyiv 2017 - Kids & Family nominee" | Kyiv, October 26, 2017
  • "Serbian Innovation Fund - MINIGRANTS award" | Belgrade, December 8, 2017

Selected Articles

  • "The Winners of MSI's Global VR Jam Include Block Rocking Beats, Mass Exodus and Derail Valley"
    - Upload team, UploadVR

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About Altfuture

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Altfuture is an independent team of five developers located in Serbia, devoted to creating bold and innovative projects for the world. The company is known for its two games, Derail Valley and Switchcars.

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Derail Valley Credits

Slobodan Stevic
Game Design, Level Design, 2D/3D Art & Direction, UI/UX, QA, Sound, Project Management, Marketing, Finance, Business Development

Nenad Ognjanovic
Code Supervision, Programming, QA, Business Development

Nikola Paradjanin
Programming

Mario Vuckovic
3D Art

Vladimir Kalicanin
Programming

Ivan Notaros
Programming, 3D Art


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