Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Wyoming - Welcome Areas and Rest Stations

Hours upon hours of driving through vast and massive states tend to take their toll, and a trucker’s life is not simply pressing the pedal and moving forward. Whether you are longing for a small change of scenery or it’s that time of your travels to rest your weary head and take a break for some time, welcome areas and rest stops in the upcoming Wyoming DLC will allow for just that. 

The Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center is a fairly aesthetically-pleasing complex consisting of the main building structure and adjacent rest area. This particular center tends to serve about two thousand people a day during the height of the tourism season; it’s no wonder that picnic tables, placards and other items of historical value are all present. Upon entering the parking zone you will be greeted by a prominent sign, and prior to that you will also be able to pass by the so called "The Greetings and the Gift" sculptures, which depict a meeting of a friendship offering between a Native American and a Mountain Man. This truly sounds like a unique welcome center, doesn’t it?

You will also be able to "cool your engine" in several Rest Stations found throughout Wyoming. These areas are a convenient feature especially for those who do not wish to be a part of the rush of usual gas stations, or perhaps for others who’d like to avoid a parking challenge with eyes already half closed, as these stations offer much more space for manouvering. And no matter if it is a bright and sunny day, or a gloomy and rainy late evening, stations so close to the natural environment are always a good choice to take a break for a while.

We know that resting is as necessary for a trucker’s story as driving on the road itself, so hopefully these areas will provide the comfort needed to continue your journey, which you will be able to fully experience in the upcoming Wyoming DLC. Make sure to add the map expansion to your Steam Wishlist and once you turn your engine back on, we’ll see you back on the road!

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Liebe Freunde, Guess Where We Are?

While our teams are busy working on multiple future map expansions for both ATS and ETS2, we are working so diligently we still managed to find some time to compose a small team that handles the task of bringing older regions of our game world closer to the current state-of-the-art quality as seen in new DLCs. Today we want to show you a small tease of what we are currently working on. Can you guess what, and moreover where it is?

Although that may be all we have for now for you, if you are impatient to find out whether your assumptions are correct, follow our social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and once we reveal more information about this project, you can be one of the first to have your questions answered there!

Friday, July 30, 2021

Convoy - Community Spotlight

With the recent release of the Convoy feature for ATS and ETS2, our social media channels have witnessed an avalanche of absolutely incredible photos and videos from your first multiplayer journeys, in which you and your friends were taking on the same jobs and delivering cargo together. It’s difficult to simply express with words how much we appreciate this kind of feedback, since in the end, whatever we do we are doing for the happiness of our #BestCommunityEver. 

What you will see here is just a small selection of videos we have laid our eyes on and there is much more here and here. Feel free to keep sending us pictures and videos on our social media - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and we’ll make sure to check them out as well!

In addition to screenshots and videos, quite often there are developers who are watching the ETS2 and ATS categories on Twitch, so the streamers certainly do not have to feel left out.

We also immensely value the amount of positive feedback we have received for the update in comment sections and on our forums. We know you have been waiting to drive together with your friends for a long time, so do not be afraid and start a Convoy session yourself or jump into an already created one and work together with your fellow truckers in this awesome new multiplayer experience!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Wyoming - Farms & Agriculture

Agriculture has been an integral part of every human society for thousands of years and it is truly exceptional how this practice of cultivating plants and livestock remains just as important to this very day. For Wyoming, modern farming is a key component in the overall economy of the state. Let’s take a closer look at the Cowboy State and examine why the previous statement is true and along the way show you multiple new screenshots from the upcoming map expansion as well!

In Wyoming, agriculture is one of the top three industries (along with minerals and tourism) and it contributes approximately $2 billion per year to the state’s economy. The local cattle industry dates back to the middle 1800­'s and in the following hundred years, cattle ranching became one of the most noteworthy businesses with Cheyenne becoming a world trade center for cattle. It is due to the state’s vegetation in the grasslands and mountains that livestock cultivation is able to thrive.

With more than eleven thousand farms producing commodities across the state and over thirty million acres of farmland, the importance of the industry is truly difficult to miss. Interestingly enough, land-related to agriculture takes up about fifty-five percent of the total land in Wyoming, with wheat contributing the highest production value out of all other crops.

As always, don’t forget to add the map expansion to your Steam Wishlist and you’ll be able to stay in touch with all the latest news regarding the upcoming Wyoming DLC.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Wyoming - Weigh Stations

There are so many pieces in a trucker’s life that all fit together like a perfectly-built puzzle. From driving on the road to passing by various landmarks, there are certain aspects you simply cannot leave out. One of those elements are undoubtedly the weigh stations. Today we will take a look at some of these locations that will be featured in the upcoming Wyoming DLC.

While the function of weigh stations remains unchanged and they may even seem trivial to some, to others they have become well known and unique places. Echo Point of Entry may certainly be remembered for its rich history and unique design. Not only was this particular station constructed before the famous Interstate 80 was built, the support of commercial vehicles in this area dates back all the way to 1952. But the story with I-80 doesn’t end here, as you will also have a chance to stop by for an inspection at the Evanston I-80 Point of Entry!

There will be several more weigh stations situated throughout Wyoming, and while some of them may not draw their power from history or their architectural value, stopping at Alpine Point of Entry, for examplewill leave you in awe purely due to the marvelous mountains nearby. On the contrary, Cheyenne I-25 Point of Entry will give you the opportunity to see far into the distance thanks to its surrounding prairies. 

We hope you have enjoyed this peek at some of the weigh stations that will be arriving in Wyoming DLC. If you did, make sure to put some "weight" on the Steam Wishlist button and you’ll always be in touch with any news regarding the new map expansion.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

We're Back to the (New) Office Space!

It feels like it has been forever since we last had our teams working in our offices located in Prague. However, last week we were happy to welcome back a large portion of our teams back with the exciting addition of a new office space for our Vehicle and QA teams! 


While we are still keeping safety in mind with the necessary restrictions and rules in place to protect each other, we are all so happy to see each other in-person again; rather than over an online video call. 


During our time working from home, we continued to hire new talent into our teams as we further speed up and expand the development process of both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. 


This meant we had lots of new faces which we haven't yet had the chance to meet in person, plus, a lot of moving in to do when they arrived in the office for the first time. To celebrate this special moment we took the opportunity to open our new office space, which is located in the same building but on a different floor to our current main office space.


The new space will accommodate the Vehicle and QA teams for now, and hopefully many more in the future! And we made sure to make it feel as fresh and modern as the one upstairs! With a new small kitchen, pool table, trucking-inspired designs, and more. We believe it will make a great and comfortable place to work for all our colleagues. 


And we are not done growing! We are always looking for new members to join our team here at SCS Software. From 3D artists to Programmers and more; why not take a moment to check out our open positions? We have a wide range of job openings based here in our offices in Prague, each coming with numerous benefits including relocation if you decide to move from abroad. There has never been a better time to join our team and you can check out all the information you need to know at our SCS Software job offers page.


We look forward to bringing more exciting development updates and news from the office in the future here on our official blog and our social media channels. 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Idaho Spuds Event

We are celebrating the 1st anniversary since our Idaho DLC release, by highlighting its famous potato industry. So, we’re inviting our #BestCommunityEver to join us in hauling Idaho Spuds - our latest World of Trucks event! The community goal is to achieve 200,000 deliveries of either Potatoes or the The Big Idaho Potato; we’ve gone all out to faithfully reproduce this famous truck and trailer, used to advertise and praise Idaho potatoes throughout the United States.

The goal here is simply to have fun #HaulingSpuds and maybe grab a few rewards on the way. We’re sure you’re gonna like what you find. And yes, you can even haul Potatoes cargo using your own trailer in the external market, The Big Idaho Potato, however, is in External contracts only.

Not only do we have the trailer but we've also added the genuine Kenworth T680 paint job to accompany The Big Idaho Potato cargo, available in the game, and we can’t wait to see your pics as you make your deliveries. Don't forget to tag our and The Big Idaho Potato social media profiles (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) too to let them know how much do you like hauling their pride around!

We're also giving 2 special rewards for completing your personal goal which will require 6 deliveries of Potatoes plus 1 more delivery of The Big Idaho Potato, from any of Idaho’s cities.

This event is a chance to be part of the Potato industry which means so very much to so many people, not only in Idaho and not only in the U.S. but all over the world. I mean, who on earth doesn't enjoy a beautifully roasted spud?! So have fun, Haul them Spuds, and see you on the road!

We are aware some truckers are having some difficulty in finding their Potatoes cargo, so we have added the cities to help out. You can find jobs for these cargoes in the cities of Grangeville, Boise, Nampa, Twin Falls and Pocatello in Idaho! 


Rules:

Using External Contracts or External Market, with a World of Trucks-connected profile in American Truck Simulator, the community goal is to achieve 200,000 deliveries of either Potatoes cargo or the event-specific, The Big Idaho Potato cargo, from any city in Idaho.

When a player completes 6 deliveries of Potatoes cargo and 1 delivery of the event-specific The Big Idaho Potato cargo, from any city in Idaho, it will complete their personal goal.

Note:

  • The Big Idaho Potato cargo is only available from External Contracts.
  • Potatoes cargo is available from External Contracts or External Market.

All jobs for the event need to be 100 miles each (161 km) or more.

You can check if your recent deliveries met these conditions using your Log Book in your World of Trucks profile.

Rewards:

  • Personal goal: Individual player contributions of 6 deliveries of Potatoes cargo and 1 delivery of The Big Idaho Potato cargo, from any Idaho city, will gain that player a personal World of Trucks Achievement, and 2 Steam inventory items for their cabin. A yummy Wooden Bowl of fresh crisp potato chips, and an attractive, Idaho unique, Giant Salamander Sticker.
  • Community goal: When the community goal of achieving 200,000 deliveries of either Potatoes cargo or The Big Idaho Potato cargo, from any city in Idaho is met, and if the player has also achieved their personal goal then they will receive 2 Steam inventory items for their cabin. A specially designed Idaho Nights Air Freshener, and a cute Idaho Potato Sticker.

Note: In order to qualify for the community rewards, you must complete at least your personal goal in American Truck Simulator. Each reward will be a Steam inventory item for American Truck Simulator. Once completed, claim your reward in the Events page on your World of Trucks profile.

The event will be concluded on Sunday the 15th of August at 23:59 UTC.