Monday, August 22, 2016

Euro Truck Simulator 2 Company Paintjobs

When we originally released Euro Truck Simulator 2, we gave the players a chance to pick a logo for their company, but never really worked with the visual idenity beyond a tiny rectangle in a widget in the game's main menu.

We have decided to revisit this old little debt. Just now we are applying the final polishing touches to a new set of eight paintjobs that you will find in the ETS 2 Update 1.25. These will become a part of the base game, they are not a part of any DLC - any newbie player can choose them right after they obtain their first truck in the game. You may notice that we have decided to redo one of the company logos in the process.

We hope to be ready to send Euro Truck Simulator 2's 1.25 Open Beta into the wild this week.

 
 
 
 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

ATS 1.4 open beta

We're happy to announce that the open beta of update 1.4 for American Truck Simulator is now available on Steam!

With 1.4 we're introducing a lot of changes to the core game. You'll find a condensed changelog at the bottom of this blog post, but first let's recap the major features that we'd like to bring to your attention (including a surprise feature - trailer selection).

MAIN FEATURES
  • Custom steering wheel position - You'll be allowed to modify both the height and the angle of the steering wheel so you can create your perfect driving position.
  • Trailer selection - We have recently changed how trailer data are organized under the hood in the game engine. More flexibility will come handy; one trailer 3D model can have multiple looks - different "paints" - textures - for example to represent different companies), and there may actually be multiple trailers compatible with the same cargo type. As we are adding new companies, trailers, and cargoes to the game (and so are modders), the old system was no longer sufficient.

    When you pick a job to transport, the game will now give you a chance to change the trailer look (or the trailer itself) if it finds that there are alternate possibilities available for transporting given cargo.
  


Other Features and Improvements

Here's a log of the additional fixes and improvements that went into this update:

CODE

  • Cruise control is not disabled by the throttle anymore.
  • Interior camera zoom - please set the key/button for zoom in Options → Key and buttons → Camera controls → Zoom interior camera.
  • Option to set preferred job length generation in options.
  • Option to set split shifting input.
  • More unit display options (volume, consumption).

DATA

MODDING

  • Separated map_data.sii from game_data.sii
  • Look_presets_defaults[] in interior camera
  • Change trailer looks to paint jobs.
Please also check our modding wiki, to get the best advice for modding of both games.

You can find the beta in the public_beta branch on Steam. (Steam client → LIBRARY → right click on American Truck Simulator → Properties → Betas tab → public_beta - 1.4 public beta).  No password is required.

Please keep in mind that this is still only a test version of the update: it's perfectly okay if you want to hold off until the final release.  But if you are curious, don't mind a little instability, and want to assist us in the polishing process, we greatly appreciate your help.  Please report any bugs on our forum.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cab Improvements

Adjustable steering wheels are not the only in-cabin feature we are going to include in the upcoming update coming for ETS2 and ATS. We are also going to deliver two new features:

1) Interior camera zoom:


When inside the cabin, you will be able to do a quick zoom-in just by clinking the button. It may be useful while maneuvering, reading far off road signs, or when you would like to see all the info on the dashboard in more detail. Of course you can bind this functionality to any other key or button in the game's options.

2) Changing the steering wheel:

 

Decoupling the steering wheel geometry from the rest of the cabin, which was needed for adjustable steering wheels, opened up the possibility to offer changeable steering wheels. Until now, steering wheels were a native part of interior model; the unfortunate consequence of this being that players could not replace a truck's standard wheel with alternate models. With the release of our upcoming update however, trucks which have more than one type of interior will also sport the option of choosing from two different steering wheels. Finally, some people using an external steering wheel feel that having two wheels in sight is a bit disingenuous: so we are going to add a new experimental console command that will allow you to hide the virtual steering wheel.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

American Truck Simulator Rescale Screenshots

Since announcing the ATS map rescale project, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. It was a confirmation that rescaling the map was the right decision - thank you for your encouragement!

We would like to share a couple of screenshots showcasing some locations in the game world that we are improving.  Enjoy!

A unique truck stop on a new road segment on I-10 in Arizona
Donner Pass - a road which winds through steep mountains.  We're trying to represent correct height profiles wherever possible. 
A big part of I-80 between Sacramento and Oakland was missing. We added it along with its unique junctions including the overpass that crosses I-580.
US-60 near Show Low - displaying a new type of landscape and environment profile.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Updated DAF XF 105 is coming

We are working hard to secure more truck licenses for our games, and we hope to be able to confirm some good news on this topic soon. Our fan community is fantastic - we are receiving great leads and active help in this area quite often, and your voice as heard on social media channels also means a lot. But the legal part of the licensing process can sometimes be very lengthy as you must have noticed by now, and we appreciate your patience.

Meanwhile though, we have revisited an existing truck model in ETS2 - the DAF XF 105. You may notice the similarity of this 3D model to the DAF XF mod by 50keda. That's no coincidence - 50keda is one of our great picks from the modding community to enter the professional game dev world as an SCS Software employee. The revision of the DAF XF 105, available soon in ETS2 update 1.25, is not just a simple merging of the mod that's already available to you, but is even further improvement with additional textures rework and remodeling of quite some parts - which we believe will be really appreciated by all DAF fans. Here is what you can look forward to...

    
    
    

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Images from La Rochelle

With the Vive La France DLC for ETS2 we are trying to raise the bar on quality and realism once again.  As you may have noticed, with the Going East and Scandinavia DLC we were step by step increasing the quality of towns and cities. Going East gave you your first chance to drive through small towns - even though there were no delivery options there.  With the Scandinavia DLC we made an essential step forward by offering a new level of complexity and diversity in cities.  But these two DLCs are definitely not our last word in the matter!

Case in point, it is our pleasure to introduce you to La Rochelle - one of new cities which provide the chance to taste the natural beauty and variety of French cities and countryside. You will no longer be restricted to entering industrial zones via arterial roads but instead the cargo depots here are fully integrated into living city.

With the new DLC you can explore the medley of times and styles French cities have come to be revered for. Enjoy ancient architecture and narrow, winding roads back to back with fully modernized complexes and detached houses. Vive la France!

    

    

Friday, July 22, 2016

Adjustable Steering Wheels

In both American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2, players already have the option to modify their interior camera viewpoint by adjusting the seat position, changing head position and modifying the view angle. In earlier game updates, we've also made the in-cabin camera more lifelike by simulating steering and blinker camera rotation as well as physical camera movement. But we still felt the job wasn't done, so now it's time to go one step further in order to fully simulate the range of possible adjustments you could make in real life.

So without further ado: in the following game updates, we are going to add a small new feature: adjusting the steering wheel column position. With this feature you'll be allowed to modify both the height and the angle of the steering wheel in order to give you the chance to create your perfect driving position. With this we're one step closer to making the cabin in ATS and ETS2 just like the real thing. Last but not least, in the Seat Adjustment UI screen we will add the ability to modify the Seat Adjustment window values with the mouse wheel.

We hope you're as excited about these features as we are. In the mean time, here is a short GIF showing it off:


Friday, July 15, 2016

New Box on German market, New Paintjobs, New Photos

Astragon Entertainment - our publishing partner for the "GAS" market (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) - is about to release a new limited Legendary Edition of Euro Truck Simulator 2. This probably isn't that exciting for most of our readers as we're sure you already own a legal copy of the game... right?  The software itself has actually been on Steam for quite a while already as the ETS2 Deluxe Bundle: a combination of the base game and a sizable collection of DLC plus some older games of ours. But we really like the cool content in the box, so we thought it was worth mentioning as context for the second part of this blog post. If you do own ETS2 already, it's not anything amazing - but if not, or if you are looking for a gift for somebody you know that's a potential truck sim addict, the overall value isn't so bad.


As the release of the Legendary Edition box set is almost here, today we are publishing two new paintjobs that are going to be added to the Deluxe Bundle and, in turn, also become available to anybody who will purchase or has previously purchased the equivalent of the Legendary Edition on another market such as Poland or our very own Czech Republic. The choice of countries is definitely not arbitrary - the Austrian Paint Jobs Pack and Swiss Paint Jobs Pack for Euro Truck Simulator 2 have been created specifically to appeal to players from the "GAS" region.



Last but not the least, based on your feedback we are fulfilling our small promise to show you some more photos from our trip to Mid-America Trucking Show. You can find them in a dedicated gallery on our SCS Software facebook page.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Glimpses from our PACCAR Research Center visit

We have finally managed to create a short video from the second leg of our trip to the USA this spring.

A small expedition team from SCS Software received a kind invitation to spend three days at the PACCAR Technical Center in Mount Vernon, Washington, USA. It has been a great adventure for us, we have recorded a ton of truck engine sounds, photographed and scanned whatever we could get our hands on, and spent hours discussing trucking topics.


In addition to recording various engine and truck sounds, our priority was also to acquire reference photos of Peterbilt 389, as we did not have enough quality references to build the truck's interior at that time. We have been working hard on the truck ever since coming back, and we are looking forward to introducing it to American Truck Simulator once the 3D model is finished and approved.