Marmalade Game Studio has unveiled the beloved board game “Ticket to Ride” on Steam, offering a premium digital experience that promises to captivate both long-standing aficionados and new players. This version features an engaging 3D world, enhanced gameplay, and a multitude of playing options. Marmalade Game Studio, renowned for their digital adaptations of classic board games such as Monopoly, Clue, and The Game of Life 2, has now brought the strategic challenge of building a cross-country railway empire in Ticket to Ride to vivid digital life.
The board game “Ticket to Ride” boasts a substantial, dedicated fanbase. Throughout the development of its Steam adaptation, Marmalade Game Studio maintained close ties with this community, ensuring the digital version would meet and exceed their expectations. Insights from experienced players and enthusiasts were integral to shaping the game’s features and its future content trajectory.
Incorporating feedback from the community, Marmalade Game Studio has developed an innovative AI system using the latest technology. This AI, crafted with input from over one hundred master players and refined through millions of simulated games, offers challenging opponents that adapt to players’ styles and abilities in real-time. This single-player experience caters to both veterans and newcomers, replicating the thrill and complexity of the physical game.
On the multiplayer front, Marmalade has introduced a varied and comprehensive suite of game modes. Players can engage in online battles, private games with friends, and choose from fast-paced or extended play sessions. The game also supports asynchronous play, perfect for those connecting across different time zones or unable to commit to uninterrupted gameplay.
This immersive digital experience is set in a dynamic, 3D world that faithfully brings the essence of the board game to life.
Mike Rosser, Creative Director at Marmalade Game Studio, remarked: “When we adapt a board game, we aim to elevate the experience, to bring the world to life in ways that you can only do in digital. That’s especially important for games with a strong theme like Ticket to Ride – we want to capture that spirit of adventure that you associate with the golden age of rail, while giving it a vibrant, modern aesthetic! Our game board is 3D, with lovingly sculpted and textured terrain that helps to make the world feel like a real place, not just a map. You’re not just claiming that route from Denver to Salt Lake City – you’re crossing the Rockies! There are also opportunities to get up close and personal – when you complete a ticket, it flips to reveal a postcard of a train puffing into the destination you just reached, an animated 3D scene that’s like a magic window into the romantic world of steam travel.”
To commemorate the launch, Marmalade Game Studio is organizing a special event, encouraging players to compete, share their scores, and nominate their ideal adventure partner for a chance to win two Amtrak Rail or Interrail Passes.
Mike Willis, co-CEO of Marmalade Game Studio, stated: “Being big Ticket to Ride players ourselves, it was important to us that we connect with the fanbase from the start, and we intend to keep that relationship going. We have an exciting launch event planned and more to come, with a post-launch roadmap full of updates, including the release of fan-favourite and exclusive never-before seen maps. We’re looking forward to bringing our players hours of fun and excitement in the months and years to come.”
This collaboration between Asmodee Entertainment, Days of Wonder, and Marmalade Game Studio heralds a promising future filled with exciting game adaptations for both studios and their fans.
Ticket to Ride is now live on Steam – start your digital railway adventure today!