Thursday, December 5, 2019

Road to the Black Sea Release

Are you ready to start your engines and travel through three new unique countries in Euro Truck Simulator 2?

 The Road to the Black Sea map expansion has been released!


With 20 new major cities and many more towns and rural villages to discover on your journey, Road to the Black Sea has something for everyone. If you prefer a more scenic journey, route your GPS to avoid the highway to travel past coastal views and forested countrysides, or marvel at Europe's largest city, Istanbul.


We look forward to you sharing all your photos and videos across our Social Media channels! Be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #RoadtotheBlackSea and we will share our favourite ones.

Check out the store page for Road to the Black Sea by clicking on the widget below.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Euro Truck Simulator 2 Update 1.36

Road to the Black Sea is approaching fast so it's time to close the Beta and move on to the next best thing! Euro Truck Simulator 2 Update 1.36 is out now!


As always, we'd like to thank every single one of you for all your help with your bug reports, opinions and general feedback during the Public Beta. This time, the update brings probably the biggest system change we have ever implemented, together with some nice features.

The main feature is the upgrade to DirectX 11, which allowed the complete removal of support for DirectX 9 and all its limitations. While it may need a little tweak here and there, general feedback is very positive (FPS increase, smoother gameplay, better long-range LOD behaviours) as we hoped, since listed minimum requirements for Windows already support DX11.

And to spice things up a bit (as "invisible" changes aren't as appreciated as they should be), there are two bigger features and a number of smaller ones.

Corsica, a beautiful island in the Mediterranean is now available to all existing and future owners of the Vive la France! map expansion as a free addition.

Detours are also coming to Euro Truck Simulator 2 after a long testing period in its American twin. Do tell us if it's ok as it is, or what adjustments you'd like us to make still.

Besides that, you'll get a number of other nice features - such as a long-requested feature for drivers, trucks and trailers to be visible on the manager map, avoidance pins for your GPS and more. For those wishing to see a more detailed changelog, please read the Public Beta article, or check out our changelog video!


To enjoy the 1.36 update, make sure to OPT OUT of beta branches and your game will be automatically updated on Steam.

For the legacy non-Steam edition of ETS2, the update should be ready in a few days.

Some mods, however, may have not caught up yet - this update may effectively break them. So remember that you can always stay on 1.35 or an even older branch. The way to access and select them is: Steam client → LIBRARY → right-click on Euro Truck Simulator 2 → Properties → Betas tab → select the version you want.

Also, check our modding wiki to get details pertaining to mods for the game.

Changelog:

MAP
FEATURES
  • Detours
  • Avoidance navigation pins
  • New AI vehicles
  • Drivers / Trucks / Trailer visible on manager maps
  • DX11 full support (DX9 removed)
  • Chinese and other non-Latin character input (IME)
  • Anti-aliasing improvements (SMAA, electrical wires)
  • Improved Tobii support and configuration page
MOD
  • Sun profile changes (HDR)
  • LP changes for AI (data-driven types, background texture data)
  • Dash display UI elements (digital gauges, fuel consumption bar)
  • Map editor history (undo/redo)
  • Continuous selection of nodes 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Road to the Black Sea: Iasi to Târgu Mureș

It's time for us to start our engines and shift into gear for our upcoming release for Euro Truck Simulator 2, Road to the Black Sea on December 5th.

We are excited to share with you today gameplay footage from the eye of the driver travelling from Iasi to Târgu Mureș in the country of Romania. Can you recognise any areas or landmarks along the way? Some say you may even pass the legendary Piatra Teiului, which some locals claim changes places each night.



Be sure to add Road to the Black Sea to your Steam Wishlist to be notified of when it releases this Thursday on December 5th! You can also nominate us for the Labour of Love category in this years Steam Awards, Vote for your favorite games here.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Road To The Black Sea: Release Date Announcement

We know that our community has been very eager to hear news about the upcoming map expansion for Euro Truck Simulator 2. With the final touches being made, we are ready and excited to announce a release date...

Road to the Black Sea will be released on the 5th of December 2019



We have also released our official trailer for you to enjoy, this will give you a small insight of what this map expansion features:


Road to the Black Sea will have plenty for drivers to explore, main features include: 

  • Over 10.000 kilometers of roads to drive on
  • Romania, Bulgaria, and European part of Turkey to explore
  • Europe's largest city, Istanbul
  • 11 new local company docks and industries
  • 20 new major cities and many smaller towns and settlements
  • Famous landmarks and recognizable places
  • Characteristic Balkan architecture
  • Brand new unique 3D-assets
  • Lush regional vegetation
  • Local AI trains, trams, and traffic cars
  • Horse carts - for Bulgarian and Romanian countrysides
  • Border crossings - including feature-rich border controls
  • River ferry over the Danube (Dunaj)
  • Black Sea region achievements to unlock

We can't wait for you to explore the countries of Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey. From traditional architecture to historic landmarks, there will be many roads to discover and industries to deliver to. Make sure to add Road to the Black Sea to your wishlist on Steam and be the first to be notified of its release on December 5th.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The 2019 Steam Award Nominations!

It's that time of year again where players across the world nominate their favorite games in 8 different categories in the Steam Awards! We believe this is a great opportunity for players to recognise and reward game studios and developers for creating a title they really enjoy playing.


This year, our titles Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator are eligible to be nominated for the Labour of Love category which is described as "This game, to this day, is still getting new content after all these years" which we believe fits both of our games very well and with your support will continue for many years to come. If you choose to nominate us for this years awards, we will be very thankful for your vote.

As we approach the end of 2019, we thought to take a small look back on our updates for both games this year.

At the beginning of the year we announced Washington State for ATS, which was released in June. It includes many miles of new roads, unique industries, landmarks and more! We also released the Forest Machinery DLC along with the 1.35 update which included a ton of new content and updates.







In July, we announced Utah for ATS which was a SCS Software first for releasing two maps in one year. It features many miles of road networks, cities large and small, new oil and mining industries and over 260 recognizable landmarks! Alongside it, we also introduced 1.36 which included map revamps, new ownable trailers, Direct X 11 support and more.





And just around the corner, is the release of the highly anticipated Road to the Black Sea for ETS2. Featuring the countries of Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. As you've seen from more recently blogs, it includes more complicated border control checks, unique river ferry crossings, new industries and much more.


And there has been so much more, such as new trucks for both titles, countless updates, the Pink Ribbon Event, competitions, live-streams, RGB peripheral integration, our on the road tour, World of Trucks events, GPS voice navigation, tuning packs, Sardinia and Corsica and more!

So for those who have already decided to vote for us, thank you, and if you wish to nominate us you have until the 3rd of December at 10am PST to do so! If you also have some spare time, we would really appreciate a Steam review of our latest releases, it really helps us and other users who may be thinking of giving one of them a try.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Road to the Black Sea: Trains & Tram

There's a theme from Road to the Black Sea we didn't touch on yet - and you can probably guess what it is from the pictures.

The regions seen here are a beautiful mix of the old & the new, and so are the different kinds of rail transport that pass through these areas. They really give every city a different kind of living atmosphere, don't you think?

We've picked the cities of Cluj, Galati, Iasi and Timișoara to show you the differences. Anyone here able to say which picture belongs to what city? :)







Friday, November 22, 2019

Bulgarian Paint Jobs

With Road to the Black Sea approaching fast, we're filling in one of the missing national paint jobs pack coming nicely along with this map expansion - Bulgaria!

For now, we have this batch of pictures featuring new paint jobs on Bulgarian soil, but fear not. An actual release date for our upcoming DLC is coming soon - and release itself won't be long after!





Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Road to the Black Sea: Plovdiv to Istanbul

It's time we take a closer look at our upcoming expansion for Euro Truck Simulator 2, Road to the Black Sea. Featuring the countries of Romania, Bulgaria and the European part of Turkey, there will be plenty to see on your travels.

We are excited to give you a glimpse behind the wheel of a driver travelling between the cities of Plovdiv in Bulgaria and Istanbul in Turkey. Be sure to keep an eye out when approaching the border, you may find that stricter searches are in place when crossing. Please note that this DLC footage features work still in progress.


Like what you see? Then join us for our special live stream tomorrow (20th November) from 16:00 UTC as we explore Bulgaria with a couple of special guests from the SCS development team. You will also have the chance to win yourself a Steam key for this upcoming DLC, so be sure to tune in on our Twitch or Steam broadcasting channels.

We also have some important information to share with you regarding release dates of upcoming DLC's you may be seeing online from third party websites. The dates given by various online stores are incorrect and are merely their own speculation. Official release announcements for our content will be found posted first here on our blog and on our official social media channels. You can find a small statement about this topic & the dangers of key reseller websites at our SCS forum here.

Be sure to add Road to the Black Sea to your Steam Wishlist to be notified of its release!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

On The Road: Gamevention

As our SCS On The Road season comes to a close for 2019, we are excited to announce that we will be adding one more stop to our calendar!


On the 23rd and 24th of November we have been kindly invited to Gamevention 2019 hosted in Hamburg, Germany. This has been made possible by the team at HyperX and Allied Esports who have invited us to exhibit alongside their famous, Big Betty Truck.


Much like our SCS truck, Big Betty is a Kenworth W900 trucking around Europe hauling the best in HyperX gear and PC gaming rigs. They also host Esports competitions, allow players to have the opportunity to play and be coached by professionals and even win some great prizes.

We are excited to be showcasing our latest map expansions PLUS an opportunity to win prizes in our reverse-parking challenge. We hope to meet many of you from our community there, alongside HyperX and many other great developers and fun games.

You can find out more info and how to get tickets to Gamevention 2019 at their website: https://gamevention.de/ - We hope to see you there!