Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Saint Petersburg - Western Diameter

A lot of work has been invested into St. Petersburg and specifically also into Western High-Speed Diameter in the upcoming Beyond the Baltic Sea map expansion. We have shown you a few screenshots already, but today we'd like to show you even more.

So we sat behind the steering wheel and made a video for you. Here is the Western Diameter through the eyes of a Euro Truck Simulator 2 truck driver!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Event: Trade Connections - Germany

Let us invite you to a join another World of Trucks event!

As you have no doubt noticed, with Update 1.32 we have started working on upgrading the territory of Germany in Euro Truck Simulator 2. We'd like to bring the community's attention to this ongoing work with the help of this event, and maybe get the right kind of inspiration for another major round of map improvements that we want to start working on right after we are finished with Beyond the Baltic Sea DLC.

Reworking Germany is no easy task! It's the core region of the ETS2 game world through which many deliveries are taking place, and we want to make sure that the results are solid. Now, at least in a sort of virtual way, you can help us, too!

So far, we have re-touched the northern part of the country, and we cordially invite you now to re-visit it with the event deliveries. But many more roads are to be rebuilt from scratch, there are new intersections coming, so many cities are waiting for a facelift and cleanup. This will take a ton of material and technology of all kind, but also various goods and supplies to sustain the hard-working construction crews on their long shifts. Therefore, we would like to ask you to start pumping up the economy of Germany in the game with deliveries to and from the country. Just to be clear, a successful wrap-up of the event doesn't yet trigger a new content drop for Germany. We are working hard on it, and this event may motivate us to work even harder ;).

The rules of the event:

  • This is a community event - there is a personal goal for each participant, and there is also a global shared goal to complete the event.
  • To earn your personal reward for participation, your goal is to complete a delivery of 10 cargoes to or from Germany, each starting or ending in different countries in the rest of Europe. The deliveries must be longer than 300 km.
  • A total of 50 million tons of material, machinery, goods, food, and supplies must be transported by the community during the event.
  • In order to qualify for the community reward, you must complete at least your personal contribution.
  • The community reward will be granted once 50 million tons of cargo are delivered.
  • You need to be signed up and connected to World of Trucks service for the online jobs to register.
  • To verify if you comply with the rule to deliver to/from 10 different countries, you can review your recent deliveries in the World of Truck's LogBook.

For your personal contribution of delivering 10 cargoes, you will receive:

  • Brandenburg Gate dashboard mini-replica
  • 3 random country pennants, possibly including rare German Pennant

If the community goal is achieved, you will also receive:

  • German Shepherd bobblehead dashboard toy
  • Golden Stag dashboard statue
  • 'Under the Bridge' background for the game's main menu

As you probably remember from the previous events, we are taking advantage of Steam's Inventory infrastructure to "drop" the rewards to you. As a consequence, the individual items can be traded or even sold through Steam. Just remember that if you get rid of a particular Inventory item, you will no longer be able to see it in the game's Upgrade Shop and equip your truck with it.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

SCS On The Road: PGA 2018

We are in a hurry to haul our Sim Trailer to the city of Pozna┼ä in Poland to attend the Poznan Game Arena 2018 gaming expo this weekend. We are looking forward to meeting our Polish fans there!

The logistics of the trip is pretty crazy. It's a long way from Jarama, Spain, and we have an extra complication to deal with. One of the custom steering wheels installed in the motions seats developed some sort of electronics problem (or so we think), and we need to make an extra stop half way to our destination to try to fix or replace it. If you have been to Master Truck Opole, you may remember all the fine dust in the air covering everything quickly. We tried to clean it all up, but it got pretty much everywhere, we are actually pleasantly surprised our hardware lasted this long. It's not all just fun and games, far from it; our On The Road team is working under very tough conditions. Fortunately, meeting the fans makes up for the stress on the road.

If you can make it to PGA to visit this big gaming event running from 12th to 14th of October, we will be fully ready for you. We will be showing our just-released ATS Oregon DLC, of course, but you may also see an exclusive glimpse of the upcoming ATS Special Transport expansion or Beyond the Baltic Sea map. Our friends at Polish distributor IMGN.PRO are very helpful in organizing our presence at PGA, and they are planning to experiment and set up a little merchandise shop alongside our regular show. If you can't be there with us, you are welcome to follow our daily feed on social media profiles on Instagram and Twitter where we'll be covering the show in real time.

As an appetizer, let's recap the previous event we have participated in - the FIA ETRC truck race at Jarama. The FIA European Truck Racing Championship 2018 is over now, the champions are crowned. Eights races in eight countries provided a ton of opportunities for us to get close to our fans, to get a lot of inspirations, and even to make some new friendships.

Here is a bunch of pictures taken during our stay at Circuito del Jarama for the final event of the ETRC 2018 season. We are sending our regards to Pedro of Pumizo3D - we are looking forward to seeing your video report from Jarama! Big thanks to our Spanish friend Ivan who was extremely helpful bridging the language barrier! This event wouldn't have been so great without you.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Oregon Celebration!

American Truck Simulator: Oregon is published!

We thank our great community: our fans, supporters, and sim-game players for their inspiration, thoughts, and wishes.

We still have a little surprise up our sleeve for today. For all fans of both classic and modern American trucks, we are also unveiling Classic Stripes Paint Jobs DLC at the same time. It comes with a total of eight stylish designs that fit perfectly on all trucks and combine the cabin paint job and trailer design.

We wanted to provide you a yet better value when launching Oregon, so we have combined the new map DLC and the new style DLC into a discounted bundle. You may consider checking out Oregon in Style bundle first before clicking that purchase button on the Oregon Steam Store page.

Oregon: Final Countdown

Today is the day! We are impatiently counting the hours and minutes until the launch of the latest American Truck Simulator Oregon map expansion.

Our plan is to release the DLC this afternoon - around 14:00 UTC

To shorten the wait, we have a new Launch Day Celebration Video for your viewing pleasure. It is following the daily jobs of four friends driving their big rigs through Oregon, eventually uniting to celebrate the special day together.

We are proud to announce that it features a song by Jessica Lynn, a talented young American artist and songwriter. A while ago, we met Jessica at her evening performance at N├╝rburgring race circuit. Realizing that she is into trucks, too, together we got an idea to feature one of her original songs in our Oregon promo video...

Oregon DLC release is coming today, stay up to date also on your preferred communication channels:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

SCS On The Road: ETRC Grand Finale in Jarama

We would like to invite our fans from Spain to meet us on racetrack Circuito del Jarama during the grand finale of the FIA ETRC 2018 truck racing season. See you this weekend!

Our On The Road team has a super busy time now. They have just arrived back to the office from Le Mans to celebrate the release of ATS Oregon map expansion on Thursday. But they won't stay in Prague for long - they need to hurry to catch a plane again to Madrid on Friday. So many exciting things happening in such a short time span!

We are looking forward to meeting all the visitors interested in our games and especially the hardcore truck sim players. We'll be in Jarama in full glory with our Sim Trailer, including the pair of 4D motion seats and our cache of merchandise reserved for the most loyal fans ;).

Great times ahead! Just like we had during our stay at Le Mans. We have a little photo diary from Le Mans for you below...

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Oregon DLC releasing next week

The wait is almost over. Our American Truck Simulator map design team is putting finishing touches on the Oregon DLC. We are ready to confirm its release date now...

Oregon map expansion for American Truck Simulator
will come out on October 4, 2018.

Let us prime you for next Thursday with a cool video trailer celebrating this announcement:

Please find the feature list and additional information on the Oregon DLC Steam page.

You may start seeing more news, reviews, images, and videos online this coming weekend. We will be lifting the veil of secrecy then, allowing the media as well as our friends in the senior volunteer tester group to openly start showing their footage from the DLC. We will also keep on working on the launch-day video trailer to make a yet bigger splash at the release.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

SCS On The Road: ETRC Le Mans

While the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 motor show is still in full swing until Thursday, we need to coordinate our crazy "traveling circus" autumn schedule for another upcoming event.

Our On The Road crew will need to set a new destination on their GPS advisor. The next stop is the 7th round of the FIA ETRC season at Le Mans, France!

But life is tough. Our Sim Trailer is currently parked in the middle of Hall 23 at Hannover Messe fairground. Various companies have their booths built all around ours, and the deconstruction of the IAA 2018 presentation only starts on the evening of September 27. It's pretty much impossible to get us up and running with our Sim Trailer to make it to Le Mans in time, the participants must be there early on Friday. We will need to improvise a little bit again, like we did for the previous round at Zolder, Belgium.

But no worries - we'll be there for our fans! Even without our Sim Trailer, we will have a solid roof to protect us from the elements, and you can find us at our usual place in the Fan Village. So as always, visitors can stop by and try our 4D Motion Seat, play our games, spend some time with our crew, and walk away with a bit of our merch. We are looking forward to meeting our fans from France! Meanwhile, our big Sim Trailer will already get on the way to Jarama, Spain.

If you are not following the social media feed on our Twitter or Instagram profiles, let us give you a sampling of our activities at IAA through this post. We are taking a ton of photos all the time. Participation at IAA should be very beneficial for all of us - we have had a ton of very promising meetings with various transportation industry companies. Keep your fingers crossed, as these discussions should eventually bring some sweet fruit in the form of new licenses for our games.

Wish us luck! And for our fans living near Hannover, Germany - you can still visit us at IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2018 in Hall 23, booth A18, until the late afternoon hours of September 27.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bridges of Oregon

Let us bridge the time until the release of ATS Oregon DLC by a post showing some of the bridges featured in the map expansion. Thanks to a plentiful amount of rivers in Oregon, our DLC will also contain a considerable number of bridges. We've just shown some major bridges while introducing Portland, but there are way more of them scattered around the state!

Bridges are landmark objects in the game that are experienced really up close, whenever the player's truck is crossing them. We need to provide a lot of detail, they are not a cheap 3D asset to build quickly. As each bridge structure and the terrain configuration around it is unique, bridges ask for solid planning and coordination across our teams.

We can see the light at the end of the.. bridge. October is getting closer, as is Oregon!