Just as with bulk carriers, there is also a wide range of cargo available for container ships in TransOcean 2: Rivals. As the name suggests, these goods will be
transported in practical containers, which offers the advantage that they can pass through the transport chain over water and land, without having to be reloaded
over and over again. Containers with furniture, antiques, textiles and toys can be transported by any container ship. For the transport of electrical appliances,
luxury goods, medicines or even radioactive materials upgrades like a freight-damping, a sophisticated cooling system or a special license are required.
01. Mar 16
Different freight types
Today we want to give you a first insight into the different freight types of of the game. So let's start this series with the bulk carriers which will enable you to
transport loose bulk materials such as coal, ores and salt or other semi-finished products and capital goods such as plastics for example. For the transport of bulk
goods such as grain and sand you will have to upgrade your ships with so called big bags while coffee needs a ventilation system. To ship phosphates you will need a
special license first.
22. Feb 16
New feature trailer has been released
First moving pictures ahead: We are happy to present you our feature trailer of TransOcean 2: Rivals today. So cast off and have fun watching!
18. Feb 16
A well-loved feature is back!
Full steam ahead: According to your wishes we are happy to announce the return of a well-loved feature today! During manual docking and undocking in the single player mode of TransOcean 2: Rivals you will
once more be able to prove your skills at the helm!
This mini game occurs randomly whenever the tugboat crews decide to go on strike for better pay. The player now has to decide: Will I wait for the end of the labor dispute or will it be better to try my own
hand at entering and leaving the docking area? The ports specially designed for the mini game emphasize on variety in the optimal route planning and the skilled circumnavigation of obstacles.
Next to the desire to avoid high repair costs by ensuring preferably accident-free arrivals and departures you can look forward to a bonus multiplier on delivered wares for flawlessly executed dockings. We
hope you will have a lot of fun with this feature and wish you a skilled hand at the rudders of your ships!
15. Feb 16
New decoration for the Deck13 Hamburg office
Game designer Andrea in front of the TransOcean 2: Rivals artwork of our gamescom 2015 booth. As you can see the wall panel has found its place of honor inside the Deck13 Hamburg developer studio.
12. Feb 16
Ship facts of the month
Next to the other ship types you will of course also have access to several classes of container ships in TransOcean 2: Rivals. The ship shown in the picture is a class 4 container ship - also known as New
Panamax class. Ships of this class are meeting the size criteria for travelling through the newly expanded Panama Canal. Did you actually know that below the deck of the largest container ships there is enough
space to set up a football field, an ice hockey field and a basketball court all at the same time?
09. Feb 16
Choosing the right type of ship
As you already know there will be bulk carriers and tankers available additionally to container ships for the first time in "TransOcean 2: Rivals". Since each of these ship types offer very specific advantages and
disadvantages, you should choose wisely what the best option is at the given time before buying a new vessel. The contracts for bulk carriers usually offer more region points but relatively low premiums. The job
offerings for tankers entice with enormously profitable premiums but will bring significantly less region points. Meanwhile container ships are known as a balanced ship class with a medium amount of region points
05. Feb 16
The new automation function
Did you already know that "TransOcean 2: Rivals" will offer an automation function for your ships? This feature enables you to assign up to four objectives to a specific ship of your fleet. After doing so
the ship will automatically steer to the next destination port where the captain selects new contracts all by himself before he sets sail to the next destination etc. This way even really large fleets can
be managed comfortably and profitably at the same time.
01. Feb 16
The job system of TransOcean 2: Rivals
On your way to becoming the biggest shipping company of the world, the job system of "TransOcean 2: Rivals" plays an important role. While selecting the contracts offered in the ports you
should of course keep an eye on the volume and delivery date of the goods as well as on the payments offered for each of the jobs. How many contracts you can accept simultaneously depends
on the available capacity of the relevant vessels. Among other things, the premiums offered for each job also depend on the type of cargo and the distance to the destination port. It should
be noted that contracts with lower premiums offer more region points. The latter determine your influence and the opportunity to open a subsidiary in a specific region. So, to gain an
advantage over your competitors you always have to choose wisely if you want to go for money or region points at a given time.
28. Jan 16
Subsidiaries and their advantages
Did you actually know that there is a total of five different types of businesses available in "TransOcean 2: Rivals"? All of them offer very particular advantages for your shipping company.
After opening a subsidiary in a harbour you will receive profit-shares of this company every time you or one of your rivals is using its services.
Here is a brief overview:
Refinery: You will receive a profit-share every time a competitor fuels up his ship in the region of your business.
Repair Dock: You will receive a profit-share every time a competitor repairs his ship in the region of your business.
Upgrade Dock: You will receive a profit-share every time a competitor equips his ship with upgrades in the region of your business.
Tugboat Company: You will receive a profit-share every time a competitor uses a tugboat to drag a ship into or out of a port in the region of your tugboat company.
Shipyard: You will receive a profit-share every time a competitor buys a new vessel in the region of your business.
25. Jan 16
TransOcean 2: Rivals - Introducing characters
Lydia Blythe-Smith (German: Megan R. Boyle) is the scheming investor who placed many obstacles in your way to glory and riches in TransOcean 1. Only with the decisive help of Hiram Witherspoon, your faithfull aide,
you were able to put this stubborn person in her place. But which role will she play in "TransOcean 2: Rivals"? And with which perfidious plans will she try to take her revenge on you and Hiram?
22. Jan 16
Fourth Video Blog of TransOcean 2: Rivals
In our fourth video blog for "TransOcean 2: Rivals", Andrea of the Deck13 Hamburg developer team grants some deeper insights into the single-player mode. You will find interesting details
about some of the most important characters of the exciting story as well as first information regarding the game play of the campaign mode.
Clark Masterson is an emerging and rivalling shipowner from North America. He is not only working for profit but also some kind of do-gooder who participates in fundraising actions to improve
the world. His goal is, besides an acceptable amount of personal wealth, to improve the world and to regularly attend fundraisers. But, what role is he playing in reality...?
18. Jan 16
E-Sport Club Munich plays TransOcean 2: Rivals
As you already know, apart from the thrilling single-player "TransOcean 2: Rivals" will also offer an enormously exciting multiplayer mode. To test whether the latter is also suitable for
e-sports, we offered the members of the E-Sport Club Munich the opportunity to extensively test the alpha version of the TransOcean 2 multiplayer mode for a whole weekend in early December.
The conclusion of ESCM CEO Robert Fankhänel: "Our first test of TransOcean 2 provided us with some very enjoyable hours and and nights of gaming. Especially the multiplayer mode brings a
lot of fun to the table and will certainly be one of the highlights at LAN parties, as soon as the game will become available. Even though TransOcean 2 is currently still in development,
I can imagine that it will for sure be suitable for e-sports once the development process is finished. My advice for the developers: Make the gameplay a little bit more competitive than
it already is." For sure we will take that to our hearts and we hope you are awaiting the final result as much as we do!
As a little appetizer here are some photos from the TransOcean 2 weekend at the E-Sport Club Munich. Ship ahoy!
13. Jan 16
TransOcean 2: Rivals - Introducing characters
Heather Witherspoon (German: Patrizia Hohlstein) is the sister of Hiram T. Witherspoon - your former advisor in TransOcean: The Shipping Company. Actually, Heather owns an agency for bonsai hire and care. After noticing that her brother
is in trouble, she drops everything and hurries to bail him out...
31. Dec 15
Happy New Year and a great start into 2016!
The entire TransOcean 2: Rivals team wishes you a Happy New Year and a great start into 2016!
25. Dec 15
TransOcean 2: Rivals wishes a Merry Christmas!
We wish all our fans on the seven seas a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
22. Dec 15
TransOcean 2: Rivals - Introducing characters
Hiram T. Witherspoon (German: Patrick Hohlstein) is the lively and lovable nerd who assisted you during your economic struggle against Lydia Blythe-Smith in TransOcean 1. Now the roles are reversed and you have to help him out of trouble ...
21. Dec 15
Announcement of winners
The winner of our TransOcean 2: Rivals raffle has been notified by e-mail and will be able to experience an exciting and entertaining visit to Deck13 Hamburg. We would like to thank all participants and congratulations to the winner!
To ensure that TransOcean 2: Rivals will be an entertaining and challenging experience, our colleagues of Deck13 in Frankfurt (Germany) set sail with the current alpha version of the multiplayer mode of
the game. Getting straight to the point - everyone has been impressed by the result! So, here are some photos of the exciting event that we didn't want to keep from you.
The participants were:
Jan Klose (Creative Director an Co-founder of Deck13)
Janine Bertet (Concept Artist at Deck13)
Felix Rischbieter (Head of QA at Deck13)
Martin Geier (Concept Artist at Deck13 and Concept Artist of TransOcean)
Lukas Flagmeier (Trainee for UI Design at Deck13)
Christopher Grünewald (Producer of TransOcean 2 at Deck13 Hamburg)
08. Dec 15
Singleplayer-Facts of TransOcean 2: Rivals
Did you actually know that the exciting "Competition" mode of TransOcean 2: Rivals will not only be available in multiplayer games against real opponents but also as a single-player version against the AI?
Just as in multiplayer you are allowed to define the length of the game by yourself and there are numerous and exciting victory conditions waiting for you. And of course you will also be able to choose by
yourself if you want to compete against one or up to seven AI opponents. The more AI counterparts you select, and the higher you define the level of difficulty for each of these opponents, the more challenging
the competition will be. Accordingly, you will have to rethink your strategy again and again and adapt it to the current situation.
27. Nov 15
Ship facts of the month
As announced before, next to container ships there will also be bulk carriers and tankers available in TransOcean 2: Rivals. Did you actually know that bulk materials such as nickel ore and others are able to liquefy? The pressure of the load and the movement of the ship can lead to the creation of a viscous slurry in the cargo area of the ship. If this happens,
the movement of this slimy mass can result in the ship leaning to one side or in the worst case it will even capsize!
20. Nov 15
TransOcean 2: Rivals - Dev Diary #1
We are happy to present you today our first Developer Diary for TransOcean 2: Rivals! Game designer Andrea not only carries you off into the atmospherical Port of Hamburg, but also provides some deeper insights into the Deck13 Hamburg developer studio and the team behind the game.
Did you already know that the singleplayer campaign of TransOcean 2: Rivals starts in North America and will lead you in six gripping chapters with steadily
increasing levels of difficulty back to the top of the shipping industry? Next to the scheming investor Lydia Blythe-Smith you will also meet other old friends, like your former
advisor Hiram T. Witherspoon, during the exciting story of the campaign. After the events of the predecessor Hiram is sitting in a tight spot. Will you be able to protect him from
the intrigues of the vengeful Lydia?
17. Nov 15
Multiplayer-Facts of TransOcean 2: Rivals
Did you actually know that the world map is divided into regions and that you will earn region points by delivering orders into destination ports of a region? After gaining a certain
number of region points you are allowed to open your own branch offices in the ports of the corresponding region. Each branch office will offer certain functions (repair, refueling,
upgrades, etc.) of which the owner will benefit. For example, every time an opposing player is refueling his ship, the owner of the branch office will gain a share of the revenues.
Once a player owns the majority of branches in a region, the region turns into his sphere of influence and he benefits even more from opponents acting in "his" region. This way, the
region and branch office system will offer a lot of room for cleverly devised strategies in multiplayer games!
13. Nov 15
Die Singleplayer campaign in TransOcean 2: Rivals
Did you already know that TransOcean 2: Rivals will not only offer a unique multiplayer mode but also some tremendously entertaining single-player modes? One of them is the thrilling
singleplayer campaign. The campaign seamlessly continues the story of its predecessor and you will also meet the shady investor Lydia Blythe-Smith again. The extensive singleplayer
campaign will not only introduce you step by step into the gameplay elements and tactics of the game but will also prepare you for the challenging multiplayer sessions. You can also
look forward to an extremely thrilling story with some unexpected twists.
12. Nov 15
Third Video Blog of TransOcean 2: Rivals is live
In our third video blog for TransOcean 2: Rivals, Andrea of the Deck13 Hamburg developer team grants you some insights into the development process of the multiplayer mode and explains in which
way the "Donations" feature will affect your chances to win or lose a game in the multiplayer sessions.
Did you actually know that before the start of a multiplayer session you will be able to choose between three run times and thus determine the number of phases of the game itself? Each phase offers
certain quests and actions to you which will reward you with victory points, when completed successfully. The tasks which will earn you victory points will vary (for example: Which company has the
highest value? Who donates the most ships to the United Nations? etc.). The player with the most victory points at the end of a match wins the game.
30. Oct 15
Developers at work: the singleplayer mode
In addition to the multiplayer there is of course also a single player campaign available in TransOcean 2: Rivals. In this picture game designer Andrea explains to the awed rest of the team,
what they will have to do to earn the highly coveted medals, which will enable the players to unlock new chapters of the campaign in the final game.
21. Oct 15
Multiplayer-Facts of TransOcean 2: Rivals
Did actually know that the sabotage features of TransOcean 2: Rivals will give you the opportunity to flip a multiplayer game around to your advantage? For example, you will be able to temporarily
freeze your opponents account and to prevent him from gaining the majority in one of the regions, that he would reach by buying the third local branch on the decisive continent.
16. Oct 15
Deck13 gives TransOcean 2: Rivals' multiplayer a trial
Hardly anyone would have expected this, but after an extensive test of the multiplayer mode of "TransOcean 2: Rivals" game designer Andrea has been beaten for the first time. Chin up, Andrea! Next time you
will come back as No. 1 in our internal ranking
15. Oct 15
Second Video Blog of TransOcean 2: Rivals has been released
In our second video blog for TransOcean 2: Rivals, Andrea of the Deck13 Hamburg developer team gives some deeper insights into the development process and the current state of the game.
We wish you a good time watching and hope you will like it!
A first look at our works on the world map during a multiplayer session in TransOcean 2: Rivals. In order to fulfill the victory conditions and to win the game your strategic skills will indeed be helpful!
08. Oct 15
Deck13 @ work
Here our Lead Artist, Marco, is working in Substance Painter on the fine tuning of the textures of one of our new ships for TransOcean 2: Rivals.
03. Oct 15
Have a nice German Unity Day!
In keeping with the Day of German Unity, today we're heading for Hamburg with the Brandenburg Gate. We wish you a wonderful weekend!
02. Oct 15
Tankship in TransOcean 2: Rivals
As announced previously, next to container- and bulk ships, there will also be powerful tankers available in "TransOcean 2: Rivals" which we want to present
to you in some more detail today: During the game, the tankers can be used for the transport of various liquids (e.g. oil or even illegal goods like contaminated water).
Overall, there will be a selection of 20 different tankers in the game. Starting with the relatively small ships of the Handysize class, over Panamax and Suezmax ships,
up to gigantic VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) and ULCC (Ultra Large Crude Carrier) supertankers with a capacity of up to 2,500,000 barrel.
29. Aug 15
TransOcean 2: Rivals preview on 4Players.de
The German games magazine 4Players has published a nice preview for TransOcean 2: Rivals. For those who want to take a deeper look into it... here is the link:
Here a first look at one of the bulk carriers of TransOcean 2: Rivals which can be used to transport unpackaged bulk cargo around the world. Next to container ships and tankers there will be a total of 20 different bulk carriers
available during the game: Starting with versatile Handysize carriers and the Panamax and Suezmax class, up to gigantic VLOC (Very Large Ore Carrier) and ULOC (Ultra Large Ore Carrier) freight ships.
24. Sep 15
TransOcean 2: Rivals - Game Facts #1
As of today, we would like to introduce our "Game Facts" series, in which we will present interesting facts about our upcoming "TransOcean 2: Rivals" game on a regular basis. Let's start with the ships: Did you know for example that there
will be a total of 60 different ships in "TransOcean 2: Rivals"? These consist of 3 types (container ships, bulk ships and tankers) which will be available in 5 different sizes each as well as four models per size. So stay tuned for more interesting infos in our next part of Game Facts!
09. Sep 15
New interview with Andrea Keil
During this year's gamescom 2015 in Cologne, we were able to conduct a short interview for you, in which game designer Andrea and programmer Nicki of the Deck13 Hamburg developer team will give you some deeper insights
into the gamescom version of our upcoming TransOcean 2: Rivals game.
15. Aug 15
First Video Blog of TransOcean 2: Rivals now available
In our first video blog game designer Andrea Keil from the Deck13 Hamburg developer team explains the basic idea of the exciting multiplayer mode of our upcoming economic simulation TransOcean 2: Rivals.
In the gamescom 2015 interview with the German Let's Play team from GudnLP, Andrea Keil from the Deck13 Hamburg developer team is presenting further details about our upcoming economic simulation TransOcean 2: Rivals.
10. Aug 15
Interview with NordrheinTV
gamescom 2015: In an interview with the German web video magazine NordrheinTV, Andrea Keil from the Deck13 Hamburg developer team is presenting first facts about our upcoming TransOcean 2: Rivals.
03. Aug 15
TransOcean 2: Rivals - Official teaser trailer revealed
Good news everyone! The first official teaser trailer for the upcoming game TransOcean 2: Rivals has arrived! Check it out now!
Are you ready to face your rivals?
30. Jul 15
TransOcean 2: Rivals at gamescom 2015
Dear fans, during this year‘s gamescom 2015 in Cologne you will get the unique opportunity to get a firsthand glimpse of our upcoming economic and logistics
simulation TransOcean 2: Rivals and prove yourself as owner of a big shipping company! Where? At the astragon booth A020 in hall 8.1.! In addition, we have prepared
some exciting surprises for our fans. We hope to see you in Cologne!
23. Jul 15
Reveal of the TransOcean 2: Rivals logo
as some of you may already know,the second game of the TransOcean-series is currently in development. We are very happy to present the official title, and the logo you today!
TransOcean 2: Rivals is the latest work from the studio Deck 13 in Hamburg! Why Rivals? In the game, a strong focus is on the new and extensive multiplayer mode and therefore also on the rivalry among players!
07. Apr 15
Announcing TransOcean 2
first of all we would like to thank each of you for the tireless support and constructive feedback to TransOcean: The Shipping Company over the past weeks and months.
We are very happy that the game is so popular and, thanks to such a vibrant community, is still on everyone's lips.
We apologize for being a little quiet lately, but be assured that we neither have abandoned the game nor have forgotten you. We used the time for an intense study of possible future development of the game.
Together with the Deck13 Hamburg developer team we were thinking about your feedback and your wishes for the game and we discussed about the options for an implementation of your most desired features.
Due to the large number of suggestions and the implied work, we decided to start the development of a successor - the necessary extensions and improvements simply aren't realizable in form of a DLC for
the first part of the game in a satisfactory way. The following new features of "TransOcean 2" are just an excerpt:
Extensive multiplayer mode against real competitors (incl. live chat) which will carry competition for lucrative contracts to the next level!
An even more vivid economy which will offer a lot of macro-economic challenges.
Relationship management with various institutions such as ports, shipyards or tugboat-shipping companies to gain a decisive advantage over your competitors.
2 new ship classes: tankers and bulk carriers will increase the diversity of the logistics system.
The development of TransOcean 2 has already started, but of course we are still grateful for any feedback from the community. The release of the PC and Mac versions is planned for 2016.