Introduction Hey everyone! So I'll save you all the beating around the bush here, it is my opinion that DTG should stop playing it safe and should seriously consider starting to look more abroad when it comes to new routes. Personally speaking I'm a bit at my limit for how many more US, UK or German routes I can handle before I feel like I've seen it all, even if those major countries still have a lot to offer. That's not to say that I don't want DTG to make those routes anymore, there's still plenty things I'm definitely interested in seeing from US/UK/GE, but for now the focus should be put elsewhere. In this thread I'll mostly be using my own country of choice I'd like to see most, the Netherlands, as example, but I've seen many suggestions for many different countries for which I think this is true as well. Let's start with saying that I understand the argument Matt has made previously explaining that the problem with adding new countries is that the team doesn't have any expertise when it comes to new countries. Along with the extra time spent researching a new country's route's safety systems and creating assets for them. I get that it's more work, time and effort to add a new country than to create for example another "Hauptstrecke <insert region>", and I can't guarantee that it'll be worth it every time, but that's always the case. In fact, that's the case right now, as the omission of NEC in preserved collection is kind of a silent admission of such a swing and a miss. The playerbase Of course sales is also a big concern for DTG, as is understandable, they're still a company that has to make money to survive of course, and if they're not confident a route will sell, why make it in the first place? Before DTG can confidently start making a route they should first be confident there's an actual demand for it in the community, and for that, they're gonna have to watch the forums and see what's trending every now and then. My argument is that there's a lot hidden potential DTG is not seeing right now. In my own experience with the Dutch community, the thing is that a lot of them haven't yet moved on from TS20xx, as at least there, Dutch mods exist that may not be as good as officially produced routes, but at least they exist. The biggest indicator for demand I wonder if DTG is actually aware of is the amount of content made by hobbyists which proves there's huge demand for Dutch (and probably other countries too) routes that's simply not met currently, from people DTG isn't hearing from cause they're not involving themselves in TSW cause they're not represented here. Drawing out those playerbases will be almost guaranteed to make them more active here too, as well as draw a more varied audience cause right the the situation is very simple. One part of the potential playerbase is getting saturated with content, getting overserved, while the rest of the world outside the big 3 is starved for content and acknowledgement. TS20xx Similarly to my last argument, although I understand that it's still a good game, and it shouldn't be dropped entirely and updates should still happen, I think it's time for DTG to call it quits on TS20xx and try to get those playerbases over to TSW2, as it's simply the better game, if only it got the full attention. TSW2 is the future of train sim, no TS20xx, so DTG should entice those playerbases to come over, and not just the UK/US/GE playerbases of TS20xx. 3rd party dev studios One of the things DTG could do to change course in this is more actively seek out 3rd party devs to work with. In the case of Dutch content there's a very popular, very competent, mod content creator called ChrisTrains who has in the past done excellent work on Dutch (and some German) modded content for TS20xx and MSTS who has from my knowledge expressed interest in working with DTG on Dutch content. I think DTG shouldn't wait for those devs to establish contact with DTG but should try to actively seek them out to cooperate with them to widen their audience and playerbase. Additionally I'd like to point out again that if you simply look at ChrisTrains' popularity, there can be no argument that there's no real demand for Dutch content, let alone other countries. Also, I'm using ChrisTrains and the Netherlands as an example here again cause from my understand the Netherlands is one of the more if not most actively requested countries on here other than Japan, other than it being my favorite. Risk The problem with DTG's current course of action is simply that it's becoming stale and people are getting more negative about the lack of diversity. Of course the hardcore US, UK and German rail fans are happy with getting served, but that still leaves out a lot of different potential. As I've alluded to in my introduction, even though the Big 3 countries still have a lot to offer, there's only so much of them I can handle before I feel like I've seen it all. DTG is risking of further alienating audiences and fans of countries not yet represented which could outweigh the risk of those new routes not selling well. What I envision DTG does in the future what I would like to see is a push from this point on to include new countries. Just like DTG has pushed HSL routes for a while now, that doesn't mean that DTG exclusively makes new countries' routes from this point on, but it should be a priority from now for at least a little while before really returning to the old US/UK/GE content. In the last 2 years DTG has released 6 routes per year including Brighton Mainline, excluding routes made by 3rd party studios. My preferred course of that for the next 2 years or so, the US/UK/GE only get 1 route each in that year which could include from 3rd party studios, leaving at least 3 or more routes for new countries in that year, about 6 new countries in those 2 years. Or at least more than 3 cause I could see some, especially Japan, to get at least 2 routes over those 2 year than. As to which countries those are, I have my favorites, but really, as long as it's something new. And no, sorry DTG, I don't think Canada or Scotland although not US and England aren't different enough to really count as something new here. Canada may be a different country, but it still feels in terms of trains like slightly colder USA, especially cause they basically share the same kinds of locomotives anyway. No offense to meant to Canada here. Conclusion My conclusion is basically like the premise. I think DTG should start looking abroad more for new routes and should at least for the next 2 years or so focus on at least half of the released routes being from previously untouched countries. DTG should look to diversify their audience with this, and look more outside of the forums to where potential audiences lie that could be moved over, such as lingering audiences from TS20xx. That does not mean more content from USA, UK or Germany isn't welcome anymore, just that they aren't the almost sole focus anymore. Afterword I hope this sparks some great discussion, and I'd invite DTG to weigh in on this anytime I'm just an impassioned TSW2 fan who's disappointed to see so much potential left untouched and want to help TSW2 and DTG to reach their full potential and be the best they could be. Please share your thoughts, and if you agree, please share, vote, get the message out there! It may be quite a read to go through, but thanks for listening!