Sunday, April 15, 2012

Scania Truck Driving Simulator

The fact that we are working on another truck sim game in addition to ETS2 was one of the worst kept secrets. It was supposed to be under wraps until the very last moment, but such is the life of the games retail market. The publishing and distribution people need to work with retail chains to position any game in the development pipeline way ahead of release, and so the information and speculative release dates kept leaking left and right.


So what is this game and why does it even exist when you could argue that we should focus 100% on Euro Truck Simulator 2?

The project is the result of a very productive dialogue we have started with the great guys at Scania CV AB. You could have read our grumbling repeatedly here on this blog about how difficult it is for the company our size to even get noticed by the big guys, be them truck and trailer manufacturers or logistics companies. The "serious" industry too often considers games as something controversial and unimportant anyway, and even marketing departments are usually too conservative and concentrated on traditional media to grasp the idea that the thousands and thousand of people playing truck sims are in fact the ideal audience that they could approach through our game.

Fortunately, when we approached Scania about licensing their trucks for our games, this was not the case. In fact we immediately moved on to another stage - discussion on how we could work together on something deeper. And when such an opportunity appears - you just don't want to let it pass. This is a chance for us to learn a lot, and also a chance to get our production recognized in the transportation industry in general. We are in this for the long run (or at least so long as we have enough paying customers), and building industry contacts and experience is crucial for us in our quest to build an ultimate truck simulator combining best of both words - interesting for a gamer as well as a professional driver.

Scania Truck Driving Simulator is only about three times the depth and scope of Truck & Trailers, so still a relatively small game, but the variety of activities available in the game makes it way more balanced product. There are driving-school type of tasks in the game for a warm up. There is a big segment devoted to emulating the hard challenges in Scania's Young European Truck Driver competition (BTW you should really check out what the masters behind the wheel are capable of, just watch a bit of the previous YETD finals). But there is also a lot of fun-to-drive realistic-looking scenarios included, plus a sizable map just for free roaming deliveries. This game is packed with hours and hours of interesting driving for sure. Plus our very first step towards making our games networking-enabled, with the possibility to compete (and see other people's driving performances) over the Internet.







116 comments:

  1. Worst kept secret but most welcome XD

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  2. nice, going to buy this for sure. cant wait to play it

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  3. Most welcome secret indeed! I'm sure commentators will start asking when it will be released so let me be the first to ask.

    Also, will there be a download shop with EU bank transfer payment option for all SCSSoft truck sim?
    I would like to buy them all again, all at once just to add in my support as a paying customer as a big THANK YOU for hours of entertainment you guys provided.

    Just be sure to allow EU bank transfer as i do not own and will never own a credit card and dont even want to start paypal or anything like that.

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    1. release date is 8 may 2012(08-05-2012)

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    2. Thanks for answering that, Michael. If this has an adequate free roam area, will buy it to support ETS2 development.

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  4. Once I've completed trucks and trailers I'm buying this for sure! Very good work as usual SCS, the graphics look amazing! You are going to make 'the ultimate truck simulator' and it will be called 'Euro Truck Simulator 2'. I never thought you'd make a truck simulation this good!
    Mark.

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  5. Very interesting to read!

    It's nice to hear that Scania does see the future of media and understands that even tough games may not be the 'normal' way to contact potential customers it definitely could work.

    I was pleased to read that you combined the driving-school/driving tests with a small free roam map. For me that was a minor at T&T.
    And by overlooking the screens I think the free map looks quite challenging!
    Are you going to let us 'explore' more features that we might find in ETS2 like you did in T&T?! :)

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  6. I'm glad that you managed to make a contract with a company as big as SCANIA.

    Please visit www.ets2-mods.com

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  7. GREAT NEWS SCS TEAM. I LOVE YOU :):):) GOODLUCK

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  8. EPIC!!!! keep up the good work

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  9. Awesome!!! That's just fantastic! :D

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  10. Very nice..
    Trailer model very bad sorry scsteam...

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    1. how do you download ets2?

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    2. you can't, it isn't even released, and if you want these games in the future, you should buy them!!!!!!

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  11. What do mean with this:
    with the possibility to compete (and see other people's driving performances) over the Internet.

    Is it something like a Multiplayer?

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    1. i think they mean stats that you can compare over the internet

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    2. Something similar to TrickyTruck

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  12. http://eurotrucksimulator2.skyrock.com/

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  13. Very exciting news! I enjoyed T&T, and like the concept very much. I'll be happy to support the production of ETS2, and getting such a treat in return.

    I also like the sound of multiplayer, even if it is in small scale :) .

    I'll come with one suggestion / request / wish, for once: Drawbar combos (cargo carrying truck, with a cargo carrying trailer behind, like this one: http://www.nrk.no/contentfile/imagecrop/1.7750921?cropid=f169w650 ). That would be an awesome challenge for these kind of games. They are still very common in Norway, Sweden and Finland, and are also used elsewhere in Europe. And yes, we do reverse them as well :) .

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    1. It is not a multi-player, it is just a scoreboard tpe of thing, where you can see others performance rates and scores etc..

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    2. like sam says, its just comparing your stats over the internet

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    3. er ikkje linjegods sachenker no?

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    4. I see. My bad.

      Jo, Linjegods er Schenker, men slepvogn er slepvogn ;) .

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    5. jo det veit eg men linjegods eksisterer ikkje lengre. så er vi enige

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  14. Excellent but if you want money why don't you upload online games for example on facebook?

    Mitsos from Greece.

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    1. How will they make money from giving out their games for free? Please explain again.
      Mark.

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  15. Fake????
    http://games.gamepressure.com/game_info.asp?ID=18054
    release date: World: 08 May 2012

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    1. THANK'S FOR THE RELEASE DATE ANONYMOUS

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  16. "Plus our very first step towards making our games networking-enabled" :0 I just fell in love <3

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  17. I hope that at least in one of these two new games (STDS and/or ETS2) you will make the traffic cars more intelligent than they were in GTS - obeying signs about major roads and disable them from changing lanes while there's a truck in the lane they want to go. In GTS I was fined many times because of the stupid traffic cars which attempt to change lane while I'm next to those cars, respectively they hit me but at the end the fine is taken from my pocket. I'm driving in my lane as I should and when a traffic car goes under my truck, I'm being fined. I don't know what do you think, but in my opinion is that this is quite unfair.

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    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq39Ssxbyy0&feature=plcp&context=C49a9618VDvjVQa1PpcFPufb4VwoiXiYggb9MHHyhwf3p37nXheyw=

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  18. Splendid news. Looking forward to the release very much. Keep up the outstanding work SCS Software team.

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  19. Well done guys! Keep up the great work!:D

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  20. Chill guys, this game won't have multiplayer. You will only be able to compare your results with other players around the world. Not a big deal.

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  21. link to a video showing the the road on the 3 and 4 screenshot
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDSB03yi7cU&feature=channel&list=UL

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  22. magnifico scs los graficos se ven maravilloso solo insto ala gente que por favor compren este juego asi podemos apoyar a esta maravillosa empresa que que lleva ala realidad nuestros deseos

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  23. WOHA!!! The best surprize EVER... I'm a big fan of Scania an this is..is... AWESOME... Great!

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  24. Great news! I hoped for both game modes: skill tasks and free roam world. Making something like YETD was very good idea, challenging for sure! But sometimes one is bored or frustrated with too hard task and wants to relax and discover scenery. And man, these pics (and pics on other sites) indicates amazing game world. I believe this will be one of your best games. Wish you lots and lost sold copies - fingers crossed!

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  25. CAN WE PLZ HAVE TRAFFIC JAMS IN ETS PLZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. why not it would be much better

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    2. Sitting around all day, sounds fun! Please include it!
      That's why.

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  26. cool will this game be LAN capable?
    please :)

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    1. its just comparing your stats in a ranking system, when you guys see the word internet you guys immidiatly think multiplayer

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  27. Great!1 but i have a question, why there is no horsepower badges on Scanias?

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    1. Probably because they use the same 3d model for different engines. I don't think that a simple badge is important.

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  28. There must come new trailers in Scania Truck driver! :)

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    1. Do you like the new photo in my profile?

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    2. @Ironarmz
      Nobody cares about your stupid pic. Stop spamming!
      Mark

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  30. Euro Truck Simulator 2, the content seems to be certain in this game :)
    SCS Thank you!

    ForumTrucks.Com

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    1. While content of ETS2 is shrouded in mystery. Oh yeah... :-D

      Come on, I wanna be surprised with their masterpiece -- if there is actually something unrevealed in ETS2. There's hardly another videogame in whole world which is in development and we know so much about it. And now is STDS time, it should be advertised more than ETS2.

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  31. good job scs team...we'r waiting news ;) thax

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  32. Will ETS2 / STDS also simulate aspects of ecological driving and environmental protection like Scanias contest or will it again just be a dull non-simulation of gas consumption regardless of the drivers driving style ?

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  33. YOU ARE THE GREATEST!!!! IT IS THE MOST EVER WANTED TRUCK SIM, I THINK!! A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE SOO HAPPY WITH IT!

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  34. Sounds great! While I myself enjoyed T&T, it certainly became monotonous after a couple of hours, so I am happy to hear that besides skill-based challenges, you also include real-life scenarios and a free-roam map as well.

    Are you planning a crowdsourced translation this time as well? Let me know if you do, so I can get the Hungarian translators together.

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  35. Sounds like a pretty cool game, a game to pass the time until August, at the launch of ETS2, but it is a pity, as I'm still trading for a better pc, it will take some time for me to play this game, but at least know that it is the eve of the grand ETS2.

    Good job there for you on the two games.

    Eric
    SP/BRASIL

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  36. multiplayer
    please

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  37. mp mp mp mp mp mp

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    1. no no no no no no there isn´t mp

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  38. Wonderful! I really enjoyed playing Trucks and Trailers. And I will be happy to play this game too!

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  39. You keep moaning about how small SCS software is yet you are making to the quality of the biggest of game developers

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  40. my favorite game :) thax SCS TEAM. good job. good luck

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  41. scs day come another update of Euro Truck Simulator 2

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  42. Hello, why not to have included him in ETS2

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  43. Skill tasks and driving round cones and parking tests . Thanks i will certainly NOT buy this . I got rid of T&T after a day and this seems another almost exactly the same but with the Scania name instead .
    I will wait for ETS2 and hope that is the proper driving simulator it sounds like it is going to be and not a load of twaddle like T&T was

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  44. it has a freeplay mode in wich you can deliver freight, and it not just passing by cones, its letting the red one fall while the blue ones keep standing

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  45. for all you guys that want double trailers, this is an early picture of this game
    http://www.trucksimulators.nl/index.php/games/euro-truck-simulator-2/trailers

    scroll down to the last few pictures

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    1. i wonder if the game will be realistic then and those trailers not allowed in the UK as they are banned over here, if they are actually going to be in the game

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    2. I actually think people are wanting rigids and drawbar trailers more than double trailers like a lot of modders made for ETS/GTS and UKTS

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    3. Exactly. Dolly trailer is far more realistic than doubles in Europe. Especially in northern Europe, but also further south and east. Also, it would be more common to reverse a dollytrailer than a double combo, as with doubles, you would normally dock one at a time, but with a dolly trailer, you obviously have to dock the whole trailer at once, you can't disconnect the dolly.

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    4. Why cannot you disconnect the dolly ?

      After spending 7 years towing them in real life I often disconnected it on one bay and then backed the lorry onto another to load or unload that at the same time

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  46. Hey SCS!

    I was just playing RoR (Rig of Rods) and I had to think about something!
    In RoR when you drive a vehicle with low/mid/high ranges you can shift from 1-6 and then press button to be in low/mid/high and continue shifting :) Maybe it could be possibility in your games?!

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    1. If you have played trucks and trailers, it is in the games already.

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    2. Unfortunaley I haven't played it so didn't knew that but happy to hear its already in the game :)

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  47. WoooW! Coool Game :D

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  48. SCANIA for ever!!!

    Mitsos from Greece.

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  49. It may have been the worst kept secret in the world but then that means im the worst informed person in the world as I didn't have a clue it was being made let alone due out in a few weeks, keep up the good work, looking forward to the latest version of your trucking giant games keep the pedal to the metal 10:4

    M@x

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  50. la verdad que yo disfrute muchisimo truck and trailer y aun lo sigo asiendo scs este nuevo juego estoy seguro que superara con mucho el anterior principalmente en el comportamiento del camion sigue asi scs

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  51. Thanx SCS team, good game. I'm waiting relaese date :)

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  52. Oh, looks great, need to hunt it down in online shops now, if available for pre-order. (c:


    Also, just throwing out a thought here, about fans and support. Would a kickstarter.com page a la Wasteland 2 be an idea that worked, or something similar?

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  53. bok dobro veće

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  54. SCANİA Truck Driving Simulator New Release Date
    http://www.eurotruck2.com/scania-truck-driving-simulator-resmi-cikis-tarihi/
    22 May 2012 :D

    hasan525 - EuroTruck2.com Turkey

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  55. Please dont tell me that you have set back the release date already I only found out about the game being released yesterday, was surprised and shocked that it was so close to the release, and thought yea thats good, this new SCS game would give me my trucking fix until ETS2 is released in Aug, dam dam dam dam please reply back to state if this release date is correct or if the 8th of May is still when its going to be released

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    1. Are you sure??????
      How do you know that????

      Mitsos from Greece.

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    2. http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B007C1AWVW/ref=s9_simh_gw_p63_d2_g63_i3?pf_rd_m=A3JWKAKR8XB7XF&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1PD12593WKTPHPAXEH7G&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=463375173&pf_rd_i=301128

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    3. Ok thanks a lot.

      Mitsos from Greece.

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  56. Please check:

    www.scaniasimulator.ets2-mods.com

    It will be full of mods as soon as STDS is launched!

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  57. Now to wonder in STDS will there only be new scianias and just one type? Id love to see R, G, P, L and even the good old streamliner.

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    1. I agree with you, it would be really good if we had options for different cabs (P and G), not just R cab. Maybe the idea of an old model (streamline) could come as a bonus for completing missions or something like!

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    2. I'm almost 100% sure it will be once again the R only.

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  58. next update SCS team :)

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  59. Wow ScS is taking a risk here . Releasing this in May then expecting everyone to then buy ETS2 in August . If this is buggy or nowhere near as good as people expect it could seriously hamper sales of ETS2 .
    Whilst i realise that ScS is only a small company that needs finance it was their decison to keep putting back ETS2 and then do a deal with Scania for a game that could seriously hurt their hopes of having the proper names of the other major truck makers in ETS2 . Knowing how companies think I will now not expect to see the proper names of all the trucks in ETS2 until the modders get to work .

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  60. Good work scs. You 'r excellent.

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  61. Wow these pictures are so amazing! I wonder what this game will be like, maybe it will interest me more than Trucks and Trailers. But either way, you guys are still doing a great job anyway. These views are completely breathtaking!

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  62. you should make a game were you can start of buying really old scania,volvo,mercades,daf and renault and then you can buy the newer trucks later on in the game and do all the mods like you can in ets 2 now that would be a game to play and i would deffernatly buy this game but good job on all the other games

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    1. They are doing it is called ETS 2 . If it is like Ets you will have the option to buy a second hand truck . Or did you mean having the old style models available to buy . Modders will no doubt soon make those for the game

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  63. I want to know what companies have Zurich (Zurigo) in Switzerland. Good luck I want to Pavel for CEO. Also, I want date of releasing game in the Italy, because I'm living in the Milan.

    Happy Easter!

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  64. I'd love to see an updated 18WOS game! With the new graphics, but this and ETS2 are both on my shopping list! :) Can't wait!

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  65. je veux savoir si ce jeux va être langue intégrale ou bien en francais.

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  66. version francais sera tu disponible ? and ou on va pouvoir se le procuré.

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  67. Have you done the DAF XF yet?

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  68. I wonder if the game is out now. When is comes to Portugal to be sold?

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  69. I love it!

    You can get more there:
    scaniatruckdriver.eu

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  70. Why didn't it release just?
    When will it release??

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