Friday, January 19, 2018

Something's cooking

It’s only been a few weeks since our last release, but many of you are wondering and guessing, what does the future hold? What are we doing now? When will we add something new to our games?

Well, as you know, we don't publish any "road plan" or "release hopes" type articles. We simply don't like promises, until we’re sure that we’ll be able to deliver. And as much as we’re certain that 2018 will be a great year, we don't have anything ready... yet.

But if you really want some news at least - check these out! Any ideas what it is and where it belongs?








Thursday, January 11, 2018

American Truck Simulator 1.30 Update

In the frenzy of releases at the end of last year, we have not managed to sync the codebases of American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2 to the same revision. With multiple builds of games and DLC to pass through QA, we did not have enough testing capacity to dedicate to this update. The 1.29 revision was solid and working, and we didn't want to risk releasing a new build just a day or two before starting our whole-company vacation, only to find out that a hotfix is needed immediately. It was deemed safer to live with known little glitches for a few weeks rather than to risk introducing an unknown game-breaking bug.

This maintenance release mostly brings some bug fixes and safety measures for mods.

Your game on Steam should update automatically, unless you have opted out from auto updates, or unless you prefer to stay with a particular branch to preserve older mod compatibility.


Features:


  • Code support for multi-torque engines
  • Fixed generation of terrain when it is connected to terrain in unloaded sector
  • AI will not use blinkers when canceling a lane change while it is in progress
  • Fixed sleeping area triggers not being visible in UI map after initial game load
  • Improved calculation of trailer weight distribution when lifting trailer axles
  • Various editor fixes and improvements (stamps in content browser, support hiding of instanced geometry, collections, item performance info, searching, traffic tool)
  • Cleanup of OpenGL support
  • Fixed light sources in multi-time HQ screenshots
  • Prevented crash if road is using a stamp whose material is missing
  • Prevented crash when creating new board template in mod
  • Updated localization

Monday, January 8, 2018

Grand Gift Delivery countdown

Hurry up all Santa's trucking elves! You may be a little late, but your effort still counts! If you want to participate in our Christmas event, there is plenty of time left to deliver those parcels and earn your chance to get unique prizes both digital and physical!


To get up to speed, make sure to read our earlier Grand Gift Delivery 2017 blog post first.

Physical rewards will be drawn randomly from all participants for each Tier after the special event completion on Monday, January 22, 2018. Keep an eye on our social media so you do not miss the event winners announcement.


During the event so far, we have noticed several questions being asked repeatedly. To address them, we decided to create a little f.a.q. list:

Q: How can I see my progress?

A: Both in-game (in a new little bar at the top of the main menu screen) and on your Profile page on the World of Truck web site. The latter includes the Log Book page to help you keep track of recent jobs' details.

Q: I keep delivering things and the progress still shows 3/6. How comes?

A: Please make sure your jobs are:
  • External Contracts - Quick Jobs nor Freight Market doesn't count.
  • Gift jobs - only the big gift boxes as the cargo count, nothing else does.
  • Different destination cities - each job has to be delivered to a different city than any of the previous ones. Check the log book! The list of visited cities doesn't reset after finishing tier 1. 

Q: I get an error that my vehicle is too long when I try to take an External Contract. What's going on?

A: You have very likely some incompatible mod enabled. It's recommended to disable all mods when participating in World of Trucks events.

Q: I finished Tier 1 and got nothing!?! Help!

A: You have to log in to World of Trucks and claim the Steam inventory items from the Event page. The "Open Events Page" button from the in-game event description will steer you there as well.

Q: I finished Tier 1 and got no Steam achievement. What's wrong?

A: It's a World of Trucks achievement, not a Steam one.

Q: How can I activate tier 2?

A: Just keep going. Once you deliver another gift job, it will be counted towards Tier 2 automatically.

Friday, December 22, 2017

All the Best in the Year 2018!

Dear truck simulation fans,

After a couple of very frenzy weeks, we are taking a few days off to recharge our batteries.

There is a lot of opportunities to spend quality time now in both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator - with New MexicoItalia, Special Transport, and with the ongoing World of Trucks end-of-year event. So we hope that you will have some forty tons of fun (or more!) with our games in the next week or two!



We want to express our sincere thanks for your support. This year was great and full of promise, but our ambition is much higher. Our feature and content wishlist is very long, and our desire to provide you with the best truck/vehicle simulation anyone can build still very strong.

We want to wish you all the best in 2018. Party hard, celebrate and make a New Year’s wish. Have a healthy and prosperous New Year! Happy Trucking!

Your SCS Software Team

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New Event: Grand Gift Delivery 2017


Santa needs our help!

Our 'On The Road' crew has just arrived from the North Pole. Santa's logistics network is having a hard time coping with deliveries of all the gifts, and SCS Software has been summoned for help. Honestly, though, our humble sim trailer is just not enough, the motion seats just take up too much space. Way more capacity is needed. It is clear that we need to turn to players of our games for help!

There are billions of gifts around the globe waiting for delivery, and we have duly informed Santa that we may only be able to help him with a tiny fraction of the number, and only in limited territories. Even with the addition of New Mexico to American Truck Simulator and Italia to Euro Truck Simulator 2, our coverage of the two continents is still not satisfactory, not to speak about the rest of the planet. Yes, we know! Now even Santa is pushing us hard to improve the coverage for the next year already - as if he planned to depend on us again and again.

For now, let's try to do what we can do. There are rewards waiting for everyone who'll join in! Santa has some special cabin toys and accessories straight from his domain for you. He's even willing to let you park your mighty diesel beasts at the North Pole - in a new main-menu background scene. How cool is that?

This World of Trucks event is a bit more complex than what we had in the previous seasons. Players of both American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2 will be able to participate, but each game is counted separately and provides its own set of achievements and rewards. On top of it, each game's event actually has two levels of accomplishment, and two tiers of rewards!

The rewards are not just digital this time. At the conclusion of the event, we'll draw five lucky winners for each game and each tier (that's 20 prizes in total) and offer you a choice of merchandise from our e-shop to pick your reward from.

Rules & Rewards


We're running two events in parallel - you can choose between American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2, or participate in both events to earn the most goodies! Deliver gifts (that's a very specific cargo that you will only find on World of Trucks contracts now!) to at least 6 (for the 1st Tier) or 12 (to complete the 2nd Tier) different cities. Only deliveries of over 240 km / 150 miles are eligible. Receive unique rewards on each tier:

Tier 1:


  • Exclusive World of Trucks achievements for event completion in each game
  • Hanging cabin decorations - Xmas Ball and Plush Bear (ETS2), Polar Star and Polar Plush Bear (ATS)
  • Main menu background theme - "Magic Time"
  • Five people who completed this Tier have a chance of winning the physical reward: choose any amount of merchandise of your choice from our e-shop for a sum up to 50€.

Tier 2:


  • Hanging cabin decorations - Polar Beast and Snowman Trucker (ETS2), Grizzly Bear and Snowman Trucker (ATS)
  • Customizable paint-jobs "Crystal Dream" (ATS) and "Crystal Dimension" (ETS2)
  • Main menu background theme - "On top of the world"
  • Five people who completed this Tier have a chance of winning physical reward: choose any amount of merchandise of your choice from e-shop for a sum up to 100€.


Important Notes


  • Latest game version is required for participating in the event.
  • In-game rewards are granted as tradeable and marketable Steam inventory items
  • Quadruple (x4) your chance of winning a physical reward by completing the event in both games for both event Tiers!
  • Physical rewards are drawn randomly from all participants for each Tier after event completion on Monday, January 22, 2018. Winners will be announced on our blog!

That's it! Put on your hauling pants and hop behind your steering wheel! There're some delivery jobs waiting for you!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Special Transport Fan-Made Videos

On Wednesday, we have offered the players of Euro Truck Simulator 2 a new challenge with the release of Special Transport DLC. We wanted to bring you something fresh, something different from the monotony of standard deliveries. Some of the tight passes should put your skills to a real test, and the escort vehicles make it all look really exciting.

Reading your excited and positive reactions, comments, and reviews on the various communication and social channels, it looks like we have succeeded in our goal, and made our fan base mostly happy.

Searching the Internet, we have found many great fan-made videos, stream records, let's plays, and first looks. Let us show you just a small sample here...

MrMorrelo's Fan Made Trailer


TGM's Fan Made Trailer 



Daggerwin's First Look


Gadarol's Video (German language)


Hilmi Şahin's Video (Turkish language)




Gamekeepers_cz's First Look (Czech language)


If you are in the mood for even more movies, here is a link conveniently asking YouTube to search for "special transport ets2." However, who would just sit and watch movies all day when you can actually get behind the wheel to deliver those huge loads!? :)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Special Transport is waiting!

We are proud to bring you the final major release of 2017 - Special Transport DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2 is now available for everyone on Steam Store!

Important: If you are a long-term fan with a larger portfolio of ETS2 expansions but little patience to read the following wall of text, make sure to check out this Cargo Bundle link first!

It has been a very busy year for SCS Software, a year of major studio growth, and also a year with the record amount of content releases in our plans. We were planning to space out the releases through the autumn, but you know us, we don't release stuff until it's done. So we kept coming back to tweak, test, polish, re-test - rinse and repeat - until we are finally satisfied with the quality. We ended up with several releases all lined up for the final weeks of the year, we apologize for the avalanche.


This expansion is quite special for us and not only for its name. It's not just about a bunch of new highly detailed 3D models - as the regulations of oversize transports are very specific, we had to develop a ton of new AI code and created a sort of a game inside a game.

These jobs just don't allow you the same degree of freedom to roam the continent as standard deliveries, quite the contrary, you have to adhere to very strict instructions, keep your hand steady on the steering wheel and your eyes on every centimeter of the road. We have spent over a year coding and scripting the functionality and the first batch of Special Transport jobs for the release, but it's only a start, we are committed to bringing you a wider variety of routes in the future.

Your route will be secured by two escort vehicles guiding you through the transport job from its start to the place of delivery. It's not going to be a piece of cake, but if you obey the escort vehicles' advice and deliver the cargo in pristine condition, you can consider yourself a real pro, a true veteran behind the wheel who can deliver even the most enormous cargoes.

Let's take a look what the Special Transport DLC for ETS2 offers:

Key Features


  • 11 huge cargoes (up to 70 tons, 6 m width, 5+ m height and 20+ m length)
  • 4 new special trailers
  • Unique job routes for to challenge you with Special Transport (most in the base map, some through DLC expansions, more to come!)
  • A combination of over 80 Special Transport Jobs
  • Custom AI escort vehicles
  • Original intros for the cargoes and jobs, crowds and police cars along the routes
  • New models, characters, and animations of people assisting or spectating the transport
  • Curious pedestrians, journalists or transport co-workers along the routes
  • A new set of warning beacons for the trucks
  • Special Transport Achievements



 Gameplay Features

  • Close collaboration with AI escort vehicles required
  • Enhanced AI behavior: clearing the path, stopping traffic, giving advice, pushing opposing vehicles to the side etc.
  • The risk to fail the given Job on the spot if you do not adhere to strict instructions or regulations
  • New checkpoints system to keep your progress in a special transport job safe

We hope that you still have some free time left in your Christmas 2017 Calendar because these enormous cargoes will require some truly dedicated drivers to deliver them safely!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Special Transport DLC Promo Trailer

If you think that we are done with new releases for our fans this year, rejoice, because the hype train is not slowing down! The Special Transport DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2 is now in the final testing phase. In our humble opinion, it looks pretty promising so far!

We feel that it's the right time to tease you a little bit with its promo trailer:


We hope that the weekend ahead - that we plan to spend on re-testing and double-checking everything - won't shatter our confidence and that we'll be able to announce the Special Transport DLC's release date next week. Stay tuned!

Italia Fan-Made Videos & Reviews

Only a few days have passed since we released the latest ETS2 map expansion - Italia. The fan community's response has been overwhelmingly positive, we're so happy and honored by your voice of support! There were still some bugs reported, and we are working on a quick update of the game and the DLC for next week.

For a very brief moment in time, for some two or three hours on Tuesday evening, our humble map DLC has enjoyed its moment of glory at the very top of Global Top Sellers on Steam. This is a major accomplishment and an indication of the decication and strength of our fantastic player community. Not many full-priced games can do it, especially now in the era of total dominance of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in the chart.


Quite a lot of players and fellow truckers have also celebrated the release their own way - with "First Looks" or "Let's Play" videos for their channels. We think it may be of interest for you if we list some notable videos here...


MrMorrelo's Fan Made Trailer


Squirrel's First Look


SiSL's First Look


Daggerwin's First Look


Wujek Bohun's Video (Polish language)


NU89's Video (Italian language)




There are many many more! It would make a never-ending blog post if we tried to list them all, so if your favorite YouTube or Twitch.tv hero isn't placed among those above, try to search some keywords on these sites (like at this link) and surely you'll find their uploads as well.

Thank you all and see you next time! We have some HUGE news lined up for you very soon! ;-)