Bus Simulator 21 - Updates

Bus Simulator 21
PC Update 2.20, PS4 Update 2.20 & Xbox Update 2.20 - July 05, 2022
  • Brazilian-Portuguese language is activated as expected again
  • Passengers: The issue with passengers getting stuck in overcrowded buses has been fixed
  • News Menu: Links within the News section of the game on PS5 can now be activated as expected again
PC Update 2.19, PS4 Update 2.19 & Xbox Update 2.19 - June 14, 2022
  • Minor fixes and stability improvements
PC Update 2.18, PS4 Update 2.18 & Xbox Update 2.18 - June 07, 2022
  • Chinese Voice Overs added (for Simplified Chinese)
Performance Improvements:
  • Overall performance improvements for various areas on both maps
Bug fixes and general game improvements
  • “Catch Em All” achievement has been fixed
  • Direction arrows on the streets of Seaside Valley are now visible again
  • Save games can be deleted again
  • Pedestrians do not jump from bridges anymore
  • Pedestrians do not sink into the streets anymore
  • Passenger delivery/pick up counter does not overcount anymore
  • Iveco Crossway LE is now showing the correct engine type
  • Mission 10 in Angel Shores which requires a balanced route does not complete with an unbalanced route anymore
  • In Sandbox Mode the Quest Log is hidden now
  • Female AI driver clipping elbow fixed
  • Corrected setting description for the language setting
  • Fixed controller can't apply locked customization
  • Interact area of the locker in the depot has been improved
  • Added a one time per game session reminder of how to stand up from the passenger seat
  • Now, you can not sit on passenger seats in the initial tutorial mission anymore
  • Long bus names are scrolling in the POI details panel
  • Fix of a wrong button icon in the Modding Kit menu
  • Added a boat called "Liam Dawe" as a special thanks for testing the game on Steam Deck
PC Update 2.17, PS4 Update 2.17 & Xbox Update 2.17 - Apr 08, 2022
New Feature
  • Customizable route colors
  • Customization of all buses of a type at once
  • Customization of select parts of a bus at once
Bug fixes and general game improvements
  • Fixed Mission 1 crash when starting new company in hardcore mode [PC]
  • Selecting a modded decal also changes the next decal. [PC]
  • Fixed gamepad bug in Driver Profile menu when creating a new company [PC]
  • The steering wheel buttons assigned to actions, are now shown in the interaction overview when the cockpit zoom is active [PC]
  • Mission 33 “Fun for all”: Fixed that passengers weren’t counting for subgoal deliver passengers to the Pier [PC/PS4]
  • Seaside Valley: Fixed pedestrians walking on cars in Astra Park [PC/PS4/X1]
  • The district names are now visible in the map menu screen only - you won’t see them on the mini map anymore [PC/PS4/X1]
  • Removed bus lane in Millbrook area, where cars were ignoring the lane. [PC/PS4/X1]
Bus fixes and improvements
  • IVECO Crossway LE: Added missing turn radius in the datasheet [PC]
  • Mercedes-Benz Citaro G: Adjusted physics so stabilize the bus and prevent flipping [PC/PS4/X1]
  • Volvo 7900: Added ignition key [PC/PS4/X1]
  • Volvo 7900: Added speedlimiter button [PC/PS4/X1]
  • Grande West Vicinity 30ft: Fixed rear indicators emitting white light instead of orange [PC/PS4/X1]
  • MAN Lion’s City 18C: Fixed that can get stuck in driver’s door [PC/PS4/X1]
  • MAN Lion’s City 18C: Cockpit lights are now working as intended [PC/PS4/X1]
  • MAN Lion’s City 18C: Fixed source for passenger lights [PS4/X1]
  • MAN Lion’s City CNG: Cashier light was not interactable and has been fixed. [PC/PS4/X1]
  • MAN Lion’s City 12C: Missing light source for the interior lights fixed [PC/PS4/X1]
  • MAN Lion’s City 12C: Cockpit light now turns on and off correctly [PC/PS4/X1]
  • Mercedes-Benz interiors: Enabled further customization options for Mercedes-Benz buses, which previously weren’t assigned to Citaro (O530), eCitaro and eCitaro articulated buses. Now all Mercedes-Benz buses have the same interior options (eCitaros having one extra) [PC/PS4/X1]
License plate editor improvements and fixes
  • Russian license plates can be customized on PS4. [PS4]
  • French license plates fixed (00 is now customizable, place where the area sticker would be, is now occupied with BS21 logo). [PC/PS4/X1]
  • British plate now accepts 4 letters/numbers in the last position [PC/PS4/X1]
  • Japanese license plate: Fixed that players could get stuck in UI while using a game controller [PC/PS4/X1]
  • Better names for the license plates in customization view [PC/PS4/X1]
  • Fixed the text format and placement on Chinese and Dutch license plates [PC/PS4/X1]
PC Update 2.16, PS4 Update 2.16 & Xbox Update 2.16 - Mar 02, 2022
New Features and Functions
  • Customizable License Plates in the Bus Customization Menu
  • Support for Steam On-Screen Keyboard added. It's currently only accessible in Steam Big Picture Mode or while playing on the Steam Deck.
  • Added network profiles, allowing players to adjust bandwidth limits for their game. (Under Gameplay → General Settings)
  • Bad Ping Warning: In the bottom right of your screen you will now see a orange or red icon if your ping to the server is higher than a certain limit.
  • Non-Player Vehicles AI: Cars stopping for no reason (idling for 2/3 minutes) improved
  • Increased size of chatter subtitles
  • Improved the highlighting of the passengers for inspection/ticket collection
  • Bus now properly reacts to analog throttle and brake input when playing with controller
  • Fixed Mission "Gotta go fast" & "Perfection" not being progressed when requirements are met (route through all districts, level up all bus stops and districts)
  • Buses: Fixed missing safety hammers and signs after last update
  • Mercedes-Benz eCitaro: Fixed missing setup (black mirrors, no lights)
  • Mercedes-Benz Citaro G: Fixed rain not showing on the front windscreen from interior
  • Mercedes-Benz Capacity: Fixed missing rain on doors from the interior side
  • Mercedes-Benz Citaro (O530): Fixed issue of incorrect scaling.
  • BYD eBus 18m: Moved standing positions for passengers to make sense
  • MAN 12C & MAN 18C: Adjusted headlights to resemble reality even more
  • MAN A23: Reduced feet clipping
  • IVECO BUS Urbanway Articulated: Removed some seat points, to reduce clipping of passengers
  • IVECO BUS Urbanway Articulated: Fixed floating radio in cockpit
  • IVECO BUS Urbanway Articulated: Adjusted retarder lever to no longer overlap door buttons
  • IVECO BUS Urbanway Articulated: Adjusted weight and physics behavior to resemble even more reality (heavier bendy bus with slower acceleration)
  • IVECO BUS Urbanway: Adjusted retarder lever so it no longer overlaps the door buttons
  • IVECO BUS Urbanway 12m: Fixed material on windshield to react with wipers
  • MAN A26: Fixed material on interior windows to display rain realistically (no longer sideways)
  • Setra S 418 LE: Fixed windshield wipers having no effect (now they clear rain)
  • Setra S 416 LE: Fixed windshield wipers having no effect and adjusted scale of rain in interior
  • Setra S 412 UL: Fixed wheel clipping while kneeling
  • Volvo 7900 Electric articulated: Fixed material on windshield to react with wipers
  • Additional fixes for traffic lights of the Seaside Valley map.
  • No driving possible when time-warping: While time-warping you can't drive.
  • Game no longer freezes when spamming the dealership UI pop.
  • The game no longer crashes when you drive routes that contain more than 127 bus stops.
  • The game no longer crashes when a bus is placed at a dead end and the NPC driver can't find home
  • Miras voice line no longer loops indefinitely on Mission "New And Shiny" when multiple players try to buy/drive a bus.
  • Buses now spawn correctly and not inside the pole when fast traveling to the Paint Paradise
  • Fixed that the leave bus UI was only a pink text instead of the controller icon, when using controller (bottom left of the HUD, should show a "C" when using keyboard and Dpad right if using controller)
  • Fixed advertisement showing up on every window from the inside, as well as in cockpit
Modding Kit fixes and improvements
  • Navmesh agent settings are now the same as in main game, so that Modkit generated navmeshes are compatible by default
  • Save install and build dir in config so user settings are not overwritten by each new Modkit release
  • Fixed crash in Modkit when trying to use Play in editor
  • Modkit buses no longer crash the game
PC Update 2.15, PS4 Update 2.15 & Xbox Update 2.15 - Feb 09, 2022
  • Fix: Traffic lights on Seaside Valley work as intended again
PC Update 2.14, PS4 Update 2.14 & Xbox Update 2.14 - Feb 03., 2022
  • Fixed an issue with the last mission of the Angel Shores campaign (called “Perfection”), which can now be completed as expected again

  • PC Only: The “Hiker” achievement on Seaside Valley can now be completed as expected
PC Update 2.13, PS4 Update 2.13 & Xbox Update 2.13 - Jan 28, 2022
New Features

Accessibility Features
  • On screen narration for bus stops on the map screen
  • Improved mouse steering
  • Subtitled passenger barks so you can now read about the risky burrito

  • eCitaro Buses now have a new soundset (buttons, doors, engine) we recorded from an actual eCitaro bus
  • NPC Buses no longer wait for an unreasonable amount of time at bus stops so player will not find themselves waiting
  • Improved pedestrian behavior on Seaside Valley map
  • Passengers now show visible tickets when being inspected
  • On company creation, it is now optional to reset the driver settings
  • Time warping now displays the correct time on the HUD clock to show time warp progress accurately
  • NPC umbrellas now work as intended with more color variations
  • Ramp reminder pop up is now shown for the intended time to lower impact on player HUD
  • Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses are now accelerating at a more realistic rate based on community feedback
  • Adjusted cashier positions in both eCitaro buses for better usability
  • Setra 418 LE lights have been optimized for improved performance
  • Adjusted sun blinds on Scania buses so they no longer negatively impact visibility
  • New input actions bindings are now merged with custom user input bindings (PC only)

Bug Fixes
  • Passengers do not get stuck in bus doors anymore when trying to leave the bus
  • Drive event “Passenger needs to get off” is triggered properly
  • Xbox Series S out of memory crash is now fixed (Xbox only)
  • Brake lights now work as intended when assisted gearing is deactivated
  • No oversized umbrellas anymore
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro200 opens doors again when driven by a NPC
  • MAN Lion's City 18C rear display now displays the whole route (ID + Destination)
  • Fixed missing cockpit interactable for far lights on IVECO BUS Urbanway 18m

PC Update #4, PS4 Update 2.0.10 & Xbox Update 2.0.10 - Dec 10, 2021
Performance Improvements
  • Lights on the buses have been optimized for better performance when multiple buses are rendered on screen
  • Trees have been optimized for better performance in scenes where a lot of trees are rendered on screen
  • Night time performance has been improved in areas with a lot of static lamps

New Features
  • Customizable bus displays: LED displays of the buses are now customizable
  • Bug reporting tool: You can now report bugs directly through the pause menu (PC only)
  • Steering wheel diagnostics tool: A steering wheel diagnostics tool has been added to the input settings menu that provides the developers direct information about steering wheels to help us fix any remaining issues experienced by players. This new data will allow us to identify outlying issues (PC only)
  • Static pedestrians are now visible around the map in Angel Shores to add more vibrancy to the city
  • Support for Tobii HORIZON (PC only)

Bug Fixes
  • Setra S 412 UL radio issues are now fixed including fully functioning buttons
  • MAN Lion’s City G A23 now correctly displays the cashier light hint
  • BYD 18m radio is now useable
  • Fix for BYD 12m dashboard buttons missing a material
  • MAN Lion's City G A23 ‘high beam’ button is now implemented and functional
  • MAN A47 Lion’s City now displays the parking brake lever arrow correctly
  • MAN A47 Lion’s City driver window now behaves correctly
  • Tutorial option for Seaside Valley has been removed, so players can start playing the missions as intended
  • In simplified mode the ramp of the buses can now be extended as intended
  • Info cards are now displayed correctly while playing the tutorial mission of Angel Shores

PC Update #3, PS4 Update 2.0.9 & Xbox Update 2.0.9 - Nov 11, 2021
General Fixes
  • Buses don't drive while gear is in neutral
  • Surface Force feedback intensity can now be reset
  • Users can now rebind the action menu button with steering wheels
  • Articulated buses are now less prone to sink into the ground
  • Seaside Valley mission "I Like trains" now completes correctly

General Improvements
  • Adjusted front door and driver seat interactables to be easier to interact with
  • Tobii camera movement is now relative to the initial mouse movement
  • Added popup that informs the player that Seaside valley is available now
  • Sitting in a bus seat now keeps the player view alligned with the bus

PC Update #2, PS4 Update 2.0.8 & Xbox Update 2.0.8 - Oct 28, 2021
Critical Improvements & New Features
  • Improved on getting access back in save games which doesn’t detect you as the owner
  • Improved performance of missions, including fixing performance issues in mission “Catch them all” unlocking Pecunia
  • Input configurations will be restored correctly in case they get corrupted or deleted
  • Multiplayer features less rubber-banding
  • Destination boards can be set to “Last Stop” mode using the cashier, this will always show the last stop of a route, no matter if driving according to the timetable or doing special trips
  • You can now sit on select seats in your buses - enjoy the ride!

Gameplay Fixes
  • Taking over an empty bus will no longer unnecessarily spawn an NPC driver
  • Description in tutorial as well as reminders for the handicapped ramp will show controls and conditions according to realism setting
  • Improved behavior when shifting into Neutral while driving, naturally slowing down the bus

UI Fixes & Improvements
  • The privacy notice is now available in Korean
  • Selecting the correct bus in collections of multiple buses works without click & hold
  • All the mission goals of mission “More Mansions” are now available in German
  • When having disabled the mini map, it will not reactivate itself after loading a save game
  • Dropdown menus in the settings can be closed by clicking the header again
  • Adjusted names for some key bindings as they were confusing
  • Driver presets can be applied again in the settings
  • Settings can be reset to default
  • Improved readability of company settings

Steering Wheels
  • Updated input library, fixing some steering wheel issues
  • Added additional force feedback settings to allow fine-tuning of feedback

  • Fixed door behavior on Grande West 30ft
  • Fixed sunscreen on IVECO BUS Urbanway 12m
  • Fixed problems with interior ads in MAN A37
  • Fixed driver window on MAN A47
  • Fixed handling on Mercedes-Benz Citaro G
  • Fixed left mirror on Setra S412
  • Fixed right mirror on Setra S417
  • Fixed sunscreen on Setra S417
  • Fixed sunscreen on Volvo Electric 7900 and Volvo Electric 7900 Articulated

  • Improved passenger movement in the front of the MAN 12C
  • Adjusted cashier location on MAN A47
  • Visual quality of buses in the garage menu has been improved

Visual Fixes & Improvements
  • Improved visual quality and performance of shadows on distance for some objects
  • Eyes of pedestrians are visualized correctly again

PC Update #1, PS4 Update 2.0.7 & Xbox Update 2.0.7 - Oct 5, 2021
Critical Fixes
  • Restoring access to save games you’ve been locked out of (missing permission issue) - you should now have the permission to use these save games again
  • Fixed a potential crash during the tutorial, mostly reported on PS4
  • Prevent writing empty save game files, fixing the future loss of save games (Sadly, lost save games unfortunately can’t be restored)

Improvements & New Features
  • PC only: Saving now creates a backup of the previous save state, which is loaded if the most recent save got corrupted
  • PC only: Added the option to reset controls to default in the Controls Menu (this does not include the steering wheel settings)
  • PC only: Improved the confusing bus selection with keyboard and mouse. Now you can just click and hold to accept your bus choice! The previous method for accepting still works. Nothing changed for controllers.

Gameplay Fixes
  • 'Perfect stopping position' when bus kneeling is on should now be more consistent (previously, the kneeling of the bus often prevented this from happening)
  • NPC drivers will now despawn when they cannot walk to their seat to prevent them from blocking the view in the bus cockpit
  • Passengers no longer suddenly spawn in the bus if another player is driving the bus or if the bus is not on a route
  • When taking over a bus from the depot, it no longer spawns with passengers and puts you directly into the driver seat
  • Fixed a bug where the length and duration of a route was not calculated correctly
  • District names are now only shown once per route

Multiplayer Fixes
  • Player is now assigned the correct route when joining a convoy
  • Joining a convoy should no longer get the camera stuck on the previous bus
  • Ambient assignments didn't show their reward text on clients, now they are shown for both server and client
  • Locked decals are now locked for everyone in a multiplayer session
  • Driven buses, routes and drive events now also show up for clients on the payday screen in multiplayer
  • Improved stability of the back part of bendy buses in multiplayer

UI Fixes
  • Removed empty notification text when trying to activate cashier mode while driving, the camera will also no longer bounce weirdly in this situation
  • General settings options now display the correct tooltip when hovering over them
  • Fixed display of route duration while creating/editing a route
  • Fixed texture of the selection square during bus and character customization. Compared to the white block, it should now look nicer
  • The ramp button in the action menu should now be highlighted correctly
  • Moved the NPC (Non-Player-Character) and NPV (Non-Player-Vehicles) spawn rate settings to the company/session settings as they could crash the game when changed in the main menu
  • PC only: Removed thousands separator from the resolution in the settings menu (1.080 is now 1080)

  • Fixed bendy bus joints. This prevents them from breaking apart when a player walks through them
  • Fixed some seat adjustment issues. Previously, you had to use numpad keys - not every keyboard has those, so now it’s the arrow keys (this can now also be rebound in the controls settings)
  • Fixed wraps on the interior monitors for the MAN Lion’s City CNG Articulated
  • Fixed floating stickers in a Scania bus
  • Fixed wiper animation of MAN Lions City 18C
  • Fixed bus LED displays showing the name of the next station twice
  • PS4 & Xbox only: Fixed a bug with Mercedes-Benz CapaCity Buses where the rear matrix display did not properly show the route info but only the route number

  • Improved steering curve on MAN Lion’s City A26 and Setra S 418 LE Business
  • Added texture to the eCitaro interior lights
  • Increase the intensity of lights in the eCitaro, and improved their performance

General Visual Fixes & Improvements
  • Tweaked “Very High” Shadow Quality a bit, so it looks better than “High”
  • Reduced stretching floors of rooms behind some windows
  • Fixed material of certain rocks when viewed from a distance
  • Improved visual quality of some far away assets and fixed some that were broken
  • PC & PS4 only: Tweaked the quality of some trees when viewed from a distance

Map Fixes
Angel Shores
  • Tutorial no longer gets blocked if the player closes the door before Mira unboards
  • GPS in Mission #2 now always leads to the correct paint shop
  • Made the first voice-over in Mission #2 conditional to prevent it from playing, even when the mission was already partially done
  • Reworked UI Tutorial of Mission #7 “Source and Sink” to make it more stable
  • During the mission “Hop Off”, Mira can no longer get stuck in mid-air if the player doesn’t complete the mission goals as intended
  • Made the Transit Station glass panels transparent again
  • Fixed flying grass at multiple places
  • Moved foliage into the correct sub-tile, which should result in less pop-in
  • Removed some of the landscape holes where people got stuck
  • Fixed player being stuck on an NPC bus de-spawning in depot

Seaside Valley
  • Detection for the first objective of the mission “Take off” now works correctly

General Improvements
  • Improved memory usage of missions

Note for PC:

We are aware of a bug concerning the backup of steering wheel settings. This bug causes the deletion of such settings and hinders you from creating new bindings. Should this come up, you will observe that the binding menu simply closes causing the game to be unresponsive to any inputs. This situation can be solved by deleting the "InputPreset.sav" file in the following location:

C:\ Users\ [UserName]\ AppData\ Local\ BusSimulator21\ Saved\ SaveGames\

We will release a hotfix soon to tackle this issue.

PC Hotfix #3, PS4 Hotfix 2.0.6 & Xbox Hotfix 2.0.6 - Sep 20, 2021
  • Fixed transit station materials (the good-looking glass is back)
  • Improved crosswalks and pothole fading
  • Improved far distance imposter quality
  • Depth of field is now forced to 0 to prevent blurry pictures
  • Xbox One Base & PS4 Base only: Improved shadow quality
  • PC only: Improved shadow quality on medium settings and performance on higher settings

  • Improved memory usage
    • Tweaked character textures
    • Rock imposters were improved
  • PC only: Improvements to save game stability while exiting the game

  • Fixed emojis not working

  • Decreased the amount of wheelchair passengers spawning

Updates to tackle the extremely frustrating save game issues are currently in the works and we believe to have found a solution. More news will follow very soon - thank you for your patience.
Xbox Hotfix 2.0.5 - Sep. 14, 2021
  • Steering wheel bindings can now be reset in-game
  • Fixed force feedback gain setting
  • Fixed some rare crashes
  • Fixed peak time demand always showing as 0

  • Improved ultra-wide monitor support
  • Improved performance in China Town area
  • Added automatic performance setting detection
Xbox Hotfix 2.0.4 - Sep. 13, 2021
  • Fixed steering wheel of Setra being inverted
  • Fixed Scania not accessible because of door animations
  • Removing/rebinding of steering wheel buttons work like intended again
PC Hotfix #2 & PS4 Hotfix 2.0.5 - Sep. 10, 2021
  • Steering wheel bindings can now be reset in-game
  • Fixed force feedback gain setting
  • Fixed some rare crashes
  • Fixed peak time demand always showing as 0

  • Improved ultra-wide monitor support
  • Improved performance in China Town area
  • Added automatic performance setting detection

PS4 only
  • Fixed audio in videos not working
The last hotfix for Xbox is still in approval and will follow as soon as possible. Once it is out, we'll release this update also as soon as possible.
PS4 Hotfix 2.0.4 - Sep. 8, 2021
  • Fixed steering wheel of Setra being inverted
  • Fixed Scania not accessible because of door animations
  • Fixed only fanatec steering wheels being recognized
  • Removing & rebinding of steering wheel buttons work like intended again
The hotfix for Xbox is currently in approval and will follow as soon as possible.
PC Hotfix #1 - Sep. 7, 2021
  • Fixed steering wheel of Setra being inverted
  • Fixed Scania not accessible because of door animations
  • Removing & rebinding of steering wheel buttons work like intended again