Tuesday, December 11, 2018

American Truck Simulator Update 1.33

We are happy to release American Truck Simulator Update 1.33 out of open beta! Thanks to everyone who helped us verify the stability of the new features. We kept testing the ATS update a bit longer to make sure that there were no surprises with the new detours feature, and fortunately it looks like the reactions to it are all positive. We'll keep tweaking the feature in upcoming updates, and of course we owe it also to players of Euro Truck Simulator 2 - once we create the relevant new graphics content depicting the blocked roads.


As both our flagship sims are running on the same codebase, American Truck's update benefited from the extended Experimental and Open Beta programs we have tried ahead of Euro Truck 2's new update. We are very likely to repeat the process again for most of the upcoming updates.

Even when we are not currently in open beta, we'd like to invite you to provide your feedback, input, wishes, and critique on our forums. We keep monitoring the message boards pretty much every day. The old school forums often work better for a discussion thread taking place across several days or weeks, compared to the typical quick fire and forget exchanges on newer generation social media.

Enjoy all the new additions and happy trucking. By the way, which changelog video do you like more? ;-)



To enjoy the 1.33 update, make sure to OPT OUT of beta branches and your game will be updated automatically on Steam.

CHANGELOG:
  • Buyable turnpike double trailers (Nevada only)
  • Detours
  • Added OR-140 road (Oregon DLC required)
  • Steam cloud based profiles
  • Reusable truck and trailer configuration templates
  • Physics improvements (suspension, damping, braking, cogs)
  • Rain drops behavior on glass improved
  • Music shuffling
  • Country/ state name localization settings
  • g_disable_beacons (0/1/2) - for people that have issue with blinking lights
  • Various customization options

MOD ALERT:
  • Due to the number of changes, most mods will need some work to catch up!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

SCS On The Road: Game Developers Session 2018

Starting tomorrow, for the third year in a row, we will be participating in the Game Developers Session 2018 event in our home town Prague. GDS is an annual game developer conference with the longest tradition in the Czech republic, dating back to 2003. It's getting bigger and better every year, and we are happy to support it as a Silver Partner.


Our own little version of GDC is two days of presentations and a small expo area to show the games. It's a great chance to have a chat with the fellow game developers from central Europe, listen to really interesting presentations from industry peers, and who knows, perhaps even hire some fresh and passionate blood.

We want to show off a bit, so we are bringing to the show not just our games, but also one of our 4D motion seats, and of course SCS Software's very own On The Road crew and a bunch of additional members of our teams. Also, two of our colleagues give an invited lecture - our CEO Pavel Šebor and ATS Map Design team lead Ondřej Dufek.


We're already looking forward to meeting anyone visiting the event. For those who can't make it there but would like to hear our colleagues' presentations, don't worry, everything is to be recorded and will be available online, soon.

We have heard from a couple of people that you may be interested in checking out the recording of our Beyond the Baltic Sea release stream. We have it available for you below.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Beyond the Baltic Sea - Community Videos

The Beyond the Baltic Sea map expansion for Euro Truck Simulator 2, the latest and so far largest DLC we've developed, has been out for almost a week, and we're extremely happy and honored that it's been welcomed by our games' fanbase so well.

We would like to share with you some of the videos created by members of the truck sim community, reviewing the new map DLC.

Squirrel's Review


Daggerwin's First Look



Clumsy's First Look - Entering Finland


Nordrheintvplay's video (German language)



Burning-Gamers.de (German language)





Darwen's Creative Video


ArturPL's Video (Polish language)



There are dozens and dozens more, the newest member of our ETS2 family is getting a lot of attention on Youtube and Twitch. If you want to see more videos, there are more links appearing in the search results all the time: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ets2+beyond+the+baltic+sea.

Meanwhile, we are working on a small patch for the game and the DLC, to address several fortunately relatively minor glitches reported by the players in the past few days. We hope to get it to you in a couple of days.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Beyond the Baltic Sea released!

We celebrated another important day for SCS Software  - the release of Euro Truck Simulator 2's large map expansion Beyond the Baltic Sea.

Beyond the Baltic Sea was published 06:00PM UTC on Thursday, November 29, 2018




To shorten the wait before release, we held a broadcast of a live-stream from our just-established studio in SCS Software's office. It's was the first experiment with streaming by ourselves, it was a bit improvised. You can see on the screenshot how it looked just a few hours before the start! We made a couple of interviews with people from the development team, answered some of the questions that may come our way, and of course, we played the new DLC live most of the time. You can watch the recorded stream on our Youtube channel.



As mentioned in the previous blog post, we also published three new national paint job packs bound with this expansion. It means that the players in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia will get an option to get and use their own unique graphics packs from now.


Typically, country-specific paint jobs are purchased by the players from the given country. But we know that there are some players out there who like to collect every DLC related to our game. So we have prepared a special sweetened offer lumping together the new map DLC with the paint job packs of all the countries in it, including Finland and Russia which have been available for some time already. You may consider checking out Baltic bundle first before clicking any other purchase button on the Steam Store.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Baltic National Colors

With the release of Beyond the Baltic Sea just around the corner, we are excited for you to explore three new countries that have not yet been featured in Euro Truck Simulator 2. Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are proud independent countries, home to many communities and industries, and we know that our truck sims have many eager fans there, too. Together with the upcoming map expansion, we have prepared national paint job packs for each of the three countries.

These new paint job sets will contain traditional thematic graphics including the national flag and/or the coat of arms and other national motifs of these countries.

The paint job packs will become available at the same moment we release Beyond the Baltic Sea. We're also preparing a special Steam bundle with an interesting discount covering all the countries featured in the map expansion. We wanted to give you this advanced information ahead of tomorrow's release of Beyond the Baltic Sea, as the big star "stealing the show" will be the map expansion itself.



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

American Truck Simulator Update 1.33 Open Beta

When there was no announcement of a Beta for American Truck Simulator, some of you were worried that Euro Truck Simulator 2 is getting all the love. It's true that ETS2 acutely needed an update to enable us to release Beyond the Baltic Sea map expansion, but there is more to ATS taking a bit longer out of the gate. Let's check the story below. We are proud to bring you American Truck Simulator Update 1.33 Open Beta, packed with new features!


As a counterpart to HCT trailers in Europe, ATS 1.33 brings you Turnpike double trailers (up to 100 ft). These trailers are pretty difficult to handle - in reality, they are in use only on specific roads built to meet their limitations. As of now, they are only allowed in Nevada in our game. You won't find jobs involving turnpike double trailers in freight market or quick jobs. The only way to use them is is to buy them (same as with HCT in Euro Truck 2) so that new players are not exposed to a challenge beyond their skill level.

There is one unique (and temporarily exclusive) new feature in ATS 1.33 - detours. We needed some time and focus to thoroughly review it internally before a public test, and this was the very reason why we avoided doing open betas for both games at the same time.

The goal of this feature is to introduce a bit of uncertainty into planning of your routes. The world in our games tends to be very predictable, while in reality the truck driver cannot take everything for granted. We wanted our players to have to improvise occasionally, and hence the concept of detours was born.


From time to time you'll find the road ahead of you blocked, maybe with state police waving you to go a different way, forcing you to remap your route. Or to search your memory for another option to reach your destination if you're so hardcore that you do not use the GPS. There'll always be a guaranteed way to deliver your cargo. But sometimes it can take more time than you'd be comfortable with, or move you away from the gas stations where you planned to refuel and get some rest. Detours are adding some adrenaline to the driver's job.

Think of this addition as "phase one" and please do give us your feedback. We hope that you will appreciate our ambition to spice up the universe of our games to make it feel more alive and dynamic.


For those of you hungry for new tarmac, we've added the first segment of OR-140. It remained on our wish-list for Oregon, and we are now catching up. We know how important this road is (trucking-wise) and its significance as "a shortcut", allowing you to avoid the long way around via US-20, or through California. The section we open today connects Lakeview and Klamath, a future extension we are also considering should reach to Nevada.


The list of changes continues with the features that we have introduced in ETS2 1.33 already. You may have spotted them outlined in our 1.33 update video.

Steam cloud-based profiles have received very positive reaction. Saving the game to a "cloud" can prevent potential loss of your profile due to a computer malfuction, or when changing your machine. It will also allow you to play on multiple computers without the need to carry a flash drive with you.

Reusable truck and trailer configuration templates also received a pretty warm welcome, as the life of a big fleet manager became much easier. We have some ideas to take the feature even further in the future, but we believe it's going to be a great time-saver for many players in its current form already.

Minor changes include improved rain drop behavior on the windshield, music shuffling and localization for names of states (countries).

For people having issues with blinking lights, we've added a new cvar. Try different settings with writing g_disable_beacons 0/ 1/ 2 in the console. We hope that one of these will suit you well.

So enjoy all the new additions, but please remember: It's only an open beta, not a stable public version - so you may encounter bugs, instability, and kinks. It's completely okay if you want to wait for the final release. But if you're interested in helping us to move there faster, we'll appreciate all of your feedback on our forum and your bug reports in this section.

If you wish to participate in the open beta, you can find this version in the public_beta branch on Steam. The way to access it is as follows: Steam client → LIBRARY → right click on American Truck Simulator → Properties → Betas tab → public_beta → 1.33 public beta. No password required.


CHANGELOG:
  • Buyable turnpike double trailers (Nevada only)
  • Detours
  • Added OR-140 road (Oregon DLC required)
  • Steam cloud based profiles
  • Reusable truck and trailer configuration templates
  • Physics improvements (suspension, damping, braking, cogs)
  • Rain drops behavior on glass improved
  • Music shuffling
  • Country/ state name localization settings
  • g_disable_beacons (0/1/2) - for people that have issue with blinking lights
  • various customization options

MOD ALERT:
  • Due to the number of changes, most mods will need some work to catch up!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Euro Truck Simulator 2 Update 1.33

You're probably used by now to SCS bringing a new game update just ahead of a major DLC release. This time is no different. We need to add support for new features specific for the new DLC content, but we also take the opportunity to add new gameplay and technical features that every player of the game will enjoy.


We've decided to do a little trial and released an Experimental Beta prior to the Public Beta. It proved us right with putting our trust into you, our amazing community – The Experimental Beta, or rather your bug reports and general feedback, helped us a great deal in getting to the stable Public Beta, and eventually to the full 1.33 update faster than anticipated.

A huge thank you to all who participated in helping us to pinpoint all the problems the Beta builds had. This was one of the smoothest Betas we’ve ever had, which is interesting, considering the number of new features. So enjoy all the new additions - including our first update video! We hope you'll like it!



To enjoy the 1.33 update, make sure to OPT OUT of beta branches and your game will be automatically updated on Steam.

CHANGELOG:

  • Buyable HCT (High Capacity Transport) double trailers (Finland only, Beyond the Baltic Sea DLC required)
  • Buyable double flatbed trailers (Scandinavia DLC required)
  • Buyable container and brick trailers (flatbed variants) and cargo market
  • Buyable Krone Boxliner (Krone DLC required)
  • Steam cloud based profiles
  • Reusable truck and trailer configuration templates
  • Physics improvements (suspension, damping, braking, COGs)
  • Rain drops behavior on glass improved
  • Music shuffling
  • Country and city name localization settings
  • g_disable_beacons (0/ 1/ 2) - for people having issues with blinking lights (watch the video)
  • Two new port cities added - Kapellskär in Sweden and Travemünde in Germany (read more)
  • various customization options

MOD ALERT:
  • Due to the number of changes, most mods will need some work to catch up!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Beyond the Baltic Sea releasing on November 29

The release of the Beyond the Baltic Sea map expansion is knocking on the hood! The results of the latest testing are in and are so positive that we can establish a firm release date. We can't wait for you to cross the border and to explore the countries of the Baltic Sea. We thank you for your continued patience and support of this eagerly awaited expansion.

We are happy to announce that the latest addition to Euro Truck Simulator 2
'Beyond the Baltic Sea' DLC will be released on Steam on November 29th, 2018!




Today we're presenting Beyond the Baltic Sea main features list for the first time. We hope that a summary of the upcoming expansion will leave you with no doubt in your mind that this is a very content-rich DLC.

  • Over 13 thousand kilometers of new in-game roads
  • Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia to explore
  • Southern Finland containing major cities and industry
  • Russian territory including Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad
  • 24 new major cities and many smaller towns
  • Characteristic Baltic architecture
  • Famous landmarks and recognizable places
  • Brand new unique 3D-assets
  • Lush climate accordant vegetation
  • Local AI trains, trams, and traffic cars
  • Over 30 new local company docks and industries
  • Finland-only High Capacity Transport (a tractor and two long trailers)
  • Baltic-region achievements to unlock




You may start seeing reviews, videos, and streams appearing online early this weekend. We have allowed the media, trusted content creators and members of our senior volunteer tester group to show video footage and other visual material from the DLC today at 22:59 UTC.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Steam Awards 2018: Nominations!

The Steam Awards 2018 have arrived and we are calling on you, the community to vote! There are several different award categories this year, where you can nominate your favorite games. There are awards for games that have been continually supported since their release, games with the best- looking environment and even an award for your favorite developers!



Our fans were quick to spot the announcements of the Steam Awards, and immediately brought it to our attention with numerous supportive messages on all social media and communication channels. It's so wonderful to be a part of this fantastic truck simulation community!

If you choose to nominate us for this years awards, we will be very thankful for your vote and for your continued support of our games. You are of course completely free to make your choice, but judging from the many messages we have seen, the opinion is kind of settling on these particular choices. Synchronizing your votes is probably not a bad idea to avoid having our two games competing against each other ;)

Thanks!