Hi all, many of you will be familiar with a number of 3rd party content developers for TSW. At the moment these are just three (TSG, Rivet Games and Skyhook). Compared to the much larger amount of developers in TS this is a dissapointingly low number, especially when you consider it is TSW and not TS that needs more content the most. 3rd parties are often responsible for some of the mort renewing and interesting DLC's, and generally take more risk than DTG, because DTG is doing just fine developing the same types of route from the same three countries over and over again, with France and Canada being the only exceptions. However, the small amount of 3rd parties in TSW means that we pretty much only get DTG content, with a Rivet or Skyhook route once or twice a year and some more 3rd party loco DLC's. This results in TSW being really restricted in the content it has (electric German mainlines, 3rd rail British commuter and American freight, with some exceptions and a bit of change in the form of NEC with Rush Hour). This restriction is leading to a kind of attrition within the playerbase. Speaking for myself, I can't play TSW as much as I could when it was newer, just because (even with all German DLC except HHL) I'm always playing the same kind of trains on the same kinds of services and getting bored of it. Some variety in countries, and the type of content developed for the 'big 3' countries is much needed at the moment. 3rd parties could change this, and make TSW a lot more diverse, by venturing into new countries (possibily in partnership with DTG due to the smaller size of many other developers), and into new kinds of gameplay (like Rivet did with their more touristic railways, introducing Switzerland along the way). There is a huge demand for some countries like Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, Austria (those are different countries apperantly ), Switzerland and many more, as is there for German Diesel and Vintage content and British mainlines with overhead electrification. This means there is a huge gap 3rd developers could fill, which DTG might never. But why aren't there more 3rd parties developing content for TSW? Are they not interested or ignorant of the TSW market? No. One of the issues is that TSW requires more work for a single loco or coach than in TS (route work is apparantly roughly the same for both TSW and TS, going by comments about it on streams). However, despite this I know there are many smaller studios willing to give it a try. The main issue is DTG's apparant reluctance to allow 3rd parties acces to TSW, with it being unknown (to me) why. Maybe DTG thinks this will give them a monopoly within their own game, maybe it's DTG being afraid the 3rd parties will outdo them with better/more content for the same price, or quite possibily, DTG just hasn't had a 'lightbulb moment' yet. Let me illustrate this by a story I heard of a 3rd party developer, ChrisTrains, who might be familiar to some of you from RivetGames streams or his Dutch and German TS content. ChrisTrains has already tried to make content in Unreal 4, and has approached DTG, with his wishes to give making TSW content a try. DTG did not respond. DTG has not made development tools for TSW available for third parties. And it appears that many more smaller studios that want to develop TSW content run into these problems. ChrisTrains could be a perfect partner for developing the often requested Dutch content, as he has knowledge, sounds, experience and a good reputation within TS that means he might even draw some players across to TSW. (are you interested in Dutch content? check out my Den Haag - Breda and Enschede - Amersfoort suggestions, or Purno's Amsterdam/Schiphol - Amersfoort/Lelystad and cyrill.kroonstuiver's Utrecht - Rotterdam/Den Haag suggestions) So, please, DTG, allow more 3rd parties. Make developement tools available (after having reached an agreement with the 3rd party) and improve communications. 3rd parties are really needed, as DTG can never meet the extremely varied demand for TSW routes there currently is without 3rd parties. And when this demand isn't met, people will get bored over time, and that's the last thing you want from a game. Please do let me know your thoughts about this issue, and what 3rd parties could offer to TSW.