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Derail Valley update for 12 March 2021

Build #91 - Boombox & More!

Share · View all patches · Build 6368397 · Last edited 24 June 2023 – 16:41:41 UTC by Wendy

Patchnotes via Steam Community

Hi everyone!

It’s been a couple of long months, but we’re back with a new update! This time, the snow has melted, and lovely music took its place! As always, Ivan accompanied this update with an awesome video:

Boombox comes with a variety of music cassettes that you can buy in shops, as well as the ability to play radio. It can be customized to play your favorite online streaming radio stations, as well as playlists of your local music files! We strongly recommend you to read the new readme.pdf file before playing with it, located in the game installation's root folder.

With the boombox came the need to precisely place items in nonVR, which is another addition in this build. Placing items is done using the key 'R' and the mouse wheel.

Having watched your videos and streams, we also acknowledged that rerailing should be made free at the early phase of the game, so we’ve made that change. Additionally, we’ve improved item belt orb slots in VR, booklet saving, fixed trains spawning in each other, and a lot more small things.

Finally, we’ve removed the snow as promised and it won’t be available at least until another Christmas. We know many of you would like us to keep it as an option, but technically that’s not possible right now. Maybe some other year in the future.

If you’ve been wondering about the status of the 2021 major update - it’s heavily in progress, but there’s still a LOT of work remaining to do before we can share anything. Until we have more information, we’ll have small updates coming out, such as today’s one.

We’re looking forward to hearing what you think about the new boombox and the rest of the changes! Have fun driving with your new companion!

P.S. While finishing up this update, we learned that the inventor of the cassette tape, Lou Ottens, had died yesterday at age 94. May this update be in his memory.

-DV Team


Stability & Internal:

- Attempted fix for trains that occasionally spawn inside other trains, causing unfair fees  
- Drastically improved automation of terrain build preparation process  
-- This speeds up internal workflow for build making and testing  
- Preferences optimization  
-- Increased preferences reading speed  
-- Added functionality to auto-upgrade preferences  
-- Made anisotropic filtering auto-upgrade to Ultra, if was on High in previous build  
-- Added versioning to preferences file  
- Updated Post Processing

Items:

- Added Boombox  
-- Can be bought in CitySW  
-- Features two modes, Radio and Cassette player  
-- Radio can play real life online radio stations (included https://simulatorradio.com/)  
-- Players can add or create radio stations (see readme.pdf for details)  
-- Radio features audible signal loss effect when going through tunnels  
-- Cassette player can play cassettes that can be bought in shops  
-- Some cassettes contain music, whereas others point to players’ local playlist folders  
-- Players can add their own music to those playlists (see readme.pdf for details)  
- Added item placing feature in nonVR  
-- Hold R while holding an item and aim at a surface to see item gizmo  
-- The gizmo will show warning color if aimed location clashes with another surface or item  
-- Use mouse scroll to rotate the gizmo  
-- Release R to place the item in place of the gizmo, at the aimed location  
- Booklets now save the page they were on  
- Fixed issues with Loco Remote  
-- Fixed nonVR mouse interaction not working with joysticks when ungrabbed  
-- Improved couple knob to react better to mousewheel  
-- Fixed item preview being offset in VR inventory  
- Fixed issues with Pocket Watch  
-- Fixed occasional scrolling  jam in nonVR  
-- Fixed wind knob chaotically colliding with the environment when held  
-- Fixed falling too slow  
- Fixed the inability to pick up the items remaining on the turntable control panel in nonVR  
- Item highlighting is now disabled by default in nonVR  
- Optimized shovel texture size

VR:

- Made improvements to belt orbs  
-- Their position is now saved  
-- Items stored in them are now saved too  
-- Orb rotation now snaps to 90 degree angles when in close proximity  
-- Rotation gizmo now appears when hovering over the orb  
- Improved controller anchors for Cosmos users (thanks Niko!)  
- Fixed draft lever (and DE6 windows) not working on some headsets  
- Fixed shovel in VR getting dropped when holding it a certain way and teleporting

Career:

- Rerailing is now free until buying licenses CCUR1 or LONG1  
- Improved randomness of destination input tracks in job generation  
- License printouts now list license dependencies  
- Removed the ability to click trash bin to delete job (throw it in instead)

Tutorial:

- Fixed taking money via wallet-click in tutorial breaking the tutorial  
- Tutorial now introduces the player to mouse-scroll train controls in nonVR  
- Fixed various rare bugs with reloading the game while in tutorial part 2 or skipping tutorial

Misc:

- Removed snow, at least until next Christmas  
- Improved interactable control aim precision in nonVR  
- Limited junction speed limit to 60 (was 70 before), to prevent unexpected derailments  
- Money left in cash registers, career managers, etc. is now returned to wallet on game quit  
- Fixed receipt not being able to flip pages  
- Fixed missing crosshair tooltip in nonVR if starting the game with Cab Highlight option off  
- Fixed nonVR inventory bugging out when retrieving items via pause menu  
- Improved tender water hatch to be easily grabbable in nonVR  
- Tweaked shape of controller tooltip background in VR  
- Added readme.pdf to game root folder  
Windows 64-bit Derail Valley Content Depot 588031
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