Tuesday February 9th, 2021
What an exciting update to Rail Nation! We’re giving you a new bonus engine — its name: Pollux. It can be obtained in the most unique way, compared to any of the other bonus engines thus far.
The Video Engine
In order to reward active players, we included a completely new free bonus cargo engine in the videos: The Pollux . With more than 90 upgrades to make the Pollux grow from a rail trolley to a true force of the tracks.
You unlock the Pollux by watching a bonus video (i.e. the second video you get after watching a video) and you can win further upgrades every day, also by watching bonus videos.
On 1x speed servers, you will get the upgrade within the first 14 bonus videos you are watching and on 2x speed servers, you will be able to win 2 upgrades in your first 14 bonus videos.
The same logic applies to any higher game speeds: The higher the speed of the game world, the more upgrades you can win per day. On x4 speed servers you can get 4 upgrades per day within the first 16 bonus videos. You do not always have to watch all the videos to get the upgrade, you can win it in ONE of those bonus videos. So if you are incredibly lucky, it could even be the first.
Video Watch Limit
We know many players already watch videos for an extra advantage in game for free. As we introduce the incredible Pollux, we need to make sure that we keep video watching fair for all, whilst discouraging unhealthy behaviour like watching several hundreds or even more than a thousand videos per day. So we have will introduce is a limit on how many videos you can watch per day. This limit is 56 videos per day and we’ve come to this conclusion as we wanted a limit that doesn’t actually limit most players. Only a small majority of active video viewers watch that many videos per day currently, so most of you can watch as many videos as you watched before.
Since we know that some of you like to watch more videos on higher game speeds, we multiplied this limit with the game speed for 2x and 4x speed game worlds. You won’t need that many videos to get the Pollux upgrade, but you can watch more videos there if you want to.
We also made sure that if you are in an association with a lot of other video viewers, you should still have a chance to watch enough videos without reaching that limit.
Both the introduction of the Pollux and the new video wat limit, will be live after 11.02.2021 on all DE and RU restarting gameworlds and after 18.02.2021 on all restarting gameworlds.
Improvements and bug fixes
This update also includes several improvements and bug fixes that apply immediately to all game worlds, including those currently running. Several smaller issues have been resolved, such as:
- Researcher is now displayed in the station building laboratory.
- Boost icon in the train list is now displayed in the same size as the other icons.
- Reactivating trains from the museum works again.
- Bonus code contents are displayed correctly again.
- Trains with schedules containing delivery and pickup are no longer displayed in the train list without a schedule.
- Reworked icons for money, prestige, shop, ranking and all icons that are combined with one of these icons
You can view the full changelog, including all the balancing changes, here
We hope that you enjoy the new video engine and look forward to hearing your feedback!