The Bus is the next generation of city bus driving simulation. Sell tickets and transport passengers with various buses on different lines across the German capital Berlin on a realistic scale of 1:1.
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Mar 25, 2021
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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to enable our community to join early in the development of our upcoming new simulation, The Bus, to ensure a great and satisfying experience on its final and official release. So, you can already play and follow the ongoing development hands-on.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

The Bus will go through different phases which will add more features, content and polishment until it is ready for release. This will probably take roughly 8 to 16 months of iterations and development.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The release version of The Bus will contain the bus lines TXL, 100, 200 and 245 and multiple variants of busses from various brands.

In-game Editors will enable you to create and edit bus lines, routes, tours and more.

Modding tools based on Unreal Engine 4 Game Editor will be available for content creators to share their mods via Steam Workshop.

Freeplay and Economy game modes will be available in Singleplayer and Multiplayer.

Freeplay mode will enable you to drive each of the bus lines at any time of the year with the vehicle of your choice. Including passenger transport with ticket sale and validation check.

Economy mode will enable you to create your own bus company. Buy vehicles and hire staff. Maintain and repair the vehicles of your fleet. And generate income via ticket sales.

Basically, you will probably get the full and complete game at the very end of the Early Access before the Gold Master of The Bus goes into production for retail shipping.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At the beginning of the Early Access The Bus will include the bus line TXL and an articulated and a solo bus in Singleplayer Freeplay mode with a Line Editor and Route Editor. Boarding and deboarding passengers, including ticket sale and validation check. AI-Traffic featuring various types of vehicles, pedestrians and complex traffic lights. Full day and night cycle with weather and seasons.

For a full description of the current state of the Early Access version see the "About this game" section below.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price of The Bus will be increased in steps as more and more features and content will be added during the Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will gather feedback and data during the Early Access here on Steam and in our developer forums. The feedback and data will be processed by the team, which then decides on the list of changes for each update during the Early Access of The Bus.”
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Early Access Roadmap


This is the roadmap for the development of The Bus during the Early Access phase.

The Bus is currently in Phase 2.0 of the Early Access.

Phase 2.0 will receive additional regular updates with more features and content before we update to Phase 3.0.

  • Freeplay multiplayer mode
  • Extension of bus line 200
  • Additional bus line 245 with different routes
  • New bus variants: VDL Citea LLE and VDL Citea SLFA
  • AI buses
  • True to original Indira Ghandi Street depot with connection to all bus lines
  • Controller support

Phase 3.0 will be available during the Early Access.

Phase 3.0 will receive additional regular updates with more features and content before we update fully release The Bus.

  • Single player economy mode:
    • Create your own bus company
    • Buy vehicles and hire staff
    • Maintain and repair the vehicles in your fleet
    • Generate revenue by selling vehicles and tickets
  • Multiplayer economy mode
  • Additional and final bus variants
  • AI trams
  • Announcements and NPC audio dialogue
  • Open hub: Freely navigable area between Berlin Central Station and Potsdamer Platz, including the Tiergarten Tunnel
  • Full tutorial and checklists

The content and order of features in the roadmap may change before and during the Early Access.

About This Game

The Bus is a city bus simulation game in which you drive different buses on different routes around Berlin. The German capital is realistically recreated at a scale of 1:1 and offers many famous sights to discover - be it the Victory Column, the Brandenburg Gate or Alexanderplatz.

In the Scania Citywide or other licensed buses, you sell tickets to passengers for their journey and experience Berlin anew through the changing times of day, seasons and weather. AI traffic with vehicles and pedestrians as well as complex traffic light systems bring the virtual city to life, and with various customization tools and editors such as the repaint function or mods, you can make The Bus your own.



This list will be regularly updated with new features and content during the Early Access phase:

  • TXL, 100, 200 and 300 bus lines with various routes
  • Original licensed buses from MAN and Scania
  • Different bus variants: Articulated bus, solo bus, double decker and eCitaro
  • Large and detailed 1:1 scale map of the German capital city Berlin
  • Many different points of interest in Berlin
  • Freeplay single player mode: Transport passengers on any line with the vehicle of your choice
  • Freedom of movement: Move freely inside the vehicles and the world
  • Embarking and disembarking passengers, including ticket sales
  • AI traffic featuring different types of vehicles, pedestrians and complex traffic lights
  • Full day and night cycle with weather and seasons
  • Line, route, timetable and tour editors
  • Bus repaint function
  • Photo mode to create your own high-quality screenshots
  • Two integrated web radio channels: DoubleBass.FM and FlashBass.FM
  • Modding Editor for Unreal Engine 5 Game Editor (available separately and free of charge)
  • Multiple control modes: Realistic, Arcade and Custom
  • Control via keyboard and mouse or Xbox Game Controller
  • Supports multiple steering wheels with and without pedals
  • Supports multiple eye tracking devices




System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10/11 (64 Bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4460
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 950 or Radeon R9 280
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    • Sound Card: -
    • Additional Notes: Specifications may change during development.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10/11 (64 Bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 9700K
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce RTX 2060 or Radeon RX 5600XT
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    • Sound Card: -
    • Additional Notes: Specifications may change during development. Installation on a SDD recommended.

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