Thursday, June 13, 2019

Black Sea: Turkey

With players of our American Truck Simulator busy with Washington and Forest Machinery, it's time to show some more of the next expansion for Euro Truck Simulator 2. This time, Turkey!


Turkey is a pretty big country (783,356 square kilometers) with a population of more than 80 million people. However, Road to the Black Sea will feature only the European part. This part is bordered by Bulgaria and Greece. It says something about the history of this region - from Ancient Greece, through the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire to the modern Republic of Turkey, this land has seen it all.


Thus, you'll find a solid number of landmarks, historical buildings and remnants of the past. Edirne, for example, one of the first cities you'll encounter upon entering Turkey, was founded by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, on the place of the ancient Thracian settlement and later served as the third capital city of the Ottoman Empire.


Trucking-wise, Turkey is a great country. The profession of a truck driver is one of high esteem there so anything connected with trucking is usually of a high standard - be it truck stops, gas stations or anything else. But that is a theme for future blog posts. For now, we offer these early screenshots, but we can't wait to reveal more!





Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Washington Released!

We are excited to announce the official release of our newest map expansion, Washington for American Truck Simulator!



We also have more surprises under the hood today, with the release of the Forest Machinery DLC.



This brand new trailer pack offers new and unique trailers for drivers to deliver to throughout Oregon's and Washington's logging industries and includes:

Towed Forest Machinery:
  •  Forwarder
  •  Log Harvester
  •  Log Loader
  •  Log Stacker
  •  Mulcher
  •  Stumper
Specialized Trailers:
  • Tub Grinder
  • Knuckleboom Loader
Truck Accessories:
  •  Headache Racks (2 versions for each cabin type)
  •  Hanging Chainsaw toy
With the release of these new add-ons, we have created a 'West Coast Bundle' which includes The base game of American Truck Simulator, Oregon and our latest releases, Washington and The Forest Machinery DLC. This special bundle offers great value on these products when purchased together.

You can buy this special bundle on Steam by clicking on the image below! 




Monday, June 10, 2019

American Truck Simulator Update 1.35

We've completed the testing cycle and American Truck Simulator Update 1.35 is now live!


First off, let us thank all of you who helped us with your bug reports, opinions and general feedback during the Experimental and Public Beta phases. The changelog is really huge and testing it would have been much harder without you. Its size is also the reason for why we won't describe all the details here again (please read the Public Beta article).

Most of you have already noticed that since a few days ago, a GPS voice navigation function was added to the Public Beta build of American Truck Simulator. For the initial phase, you can choose from 9 different language options (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Turkish and Mandarin Chinese). As with most of the new features, you can expect more options and improvements in the future. And while we have already amassed a considerable amount of feedback from the 1.35 update for Euro Truck Simulator 2, don't be shy to add your own feedback on our forum - the more the merrier!

Now here's a short recap video to help you navigate through all the changes and new features before Washington arrives tomorrow! Are you ready to truck on?!


To enjoy the 1.35 update, make sure to OPT OUT of beta branches and your game will be automatically updated on Steam.

Some mods, however, may not have caught up yet - this update can effectively break them; remember that you can always stay on 1.34 or an even older branch. Follow these instructions to access and select them: Steam client → LIBRARY → right click on American Truck Simulator → Properties → Betas tab → select the version you want.

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

Changelog:

MAP

VEHICLES

FEATURES
  • GPS Voice navigation
  • Use your own purchased trailers in External Contracts (WoTR)
  • Online garage purchase
  • Emergency refuelling service
  • Input improvements (Steam controller support, Tobii eye tracker support, controller hotplug support, better FF on Linux)
  • Razer Chroma support (RGB)
  • New options: truck stability, truck suspension, dual localization of names in map
  • Faster job generation for hired drivers
  • Lots of new drivers to hire
  • Experimental DX11 support

MOD
  • Curve item (new editor item)
  • Walker/mover item improvement
  • Multiple LODs for models
  • Modded trucks support (in-game function)
  • Traffic data improvement
  • Vehicle data improvement (COG, wipers, transmission names, bracers sound)
  • Randomized cargo model (eg. container color)

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Washington: Infrastructure

As we near the release of our upcoming map expansion for American Truck Simulator, we want to focus on some of the areas that truckers will use most on their travels around Washington and the west coast.


An essential part of any long-haul journey are Truckstops and rest areas, an area where a driver can take a break from the road. Whether you are taking a snooze, filling up on fuel or even weighing your load, with 10 Truckstops, 4 Rest areas and 13 Weigh stations in Washington, you will never be too far away from a stop to take a 10-100.


With the states many connecting highways and interstates, you'll be sure to find many unique junctions along the way. With traffic passing over and under you, these art-like road networks serve the purpose of connecting you to your destination.

And if you enjoyed that glimpse into Washington, we are hosting a special Washington stream today from our SCS Studio (on both our Twitch and Steam.) Featuring interviews with developers who were involved in the creative process of the map expansion, a Q&A session with CEO Pavel Šebor, a chance to win a new Washington bundle and much more. So make sure to tune in from 5pm UTC today!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Black Sea: Bulgaria

While the news this week has been dominated by the upcoming release of Washington, we have not forgotten our dedicated Euro Truck Simulator 2 fans. Following the release of the 1.35 Update for ETS2, let's keep the ball rolling by talking about the Road to the Black Sea. Next on our list of country profiles; Bulgaria.


Bulgaria is a medium-sized Slavic country (110,994 square kilometers) bordered by the Black Sea to the east, and Turkey to the south. Its location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia has led it to serve as the staging ground for multiple cultural and strategic shifts over the past centuries and millennia. As the birthplace of the Cyrillic alphabet in 9th century AD, it was also part of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and then the Soviet-led Eastern Bloc, before finally becoming an independent parliamentary republic in 1991. Relics of this amalgamation of cultures can still be seen throughout the country as you drive along its winding country roads, bustling cities, and serene coastal roads.


While we can't wait to show you much more in the coming months, here's a collection of a few work-in-progress screenshots to whet your appetite; this time featuring some rustic localities and Soviet-era architecture.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Washington: Logging Roads Preview

A unique part of Washington that drivers can experience are its renowned logging cliff roads. These dirt roads will certainly test the skill of any driver, as you haul heavy logging equipment, machinery and tree logs up and down these dirt roads.


We have previously shown off these challenging roads in a recent blog post, and we are eager to show you more of these beautiful but dangerous roads. Take a peek of what challenges lie ahead in this gameplay video from our upcoming map expansion.


And if you enjoyed that glimpse into Washington, we are hosting a special Washington stream today (on both our Twitch and Steam) featuring more gameplay of the new map expansion and special guests who were involved in the making of Washington. So make sure to tune in from 4pm UTC today!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Euro Truck Simulator 2 Update 1.35

We're happy to announce that after spending some time in internal testing, Experimental Beta and Public Beta, the Euro Truck Simulator 2 Update 1.35 is now ready for all trucking enthusiasts!


As we have said before, this update is really huge so we'd like to thank all those who helped us in testing it. Due to its size, we won't describe all the details here again (read the Public Beta article please).

Instead, we'd like to address some questions regarding a new feature that was added only a few days ago; GPS voice navigation. As with many other features, please do consider this to be the initial phase. For now, you can choose from 9 different language options (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Turkish and Mandarin Chinese), but we do plan to add more in the future, in addition to other improvements. The beta feedback we've received so far has been really positive, but don't be shy about adding your own on our forum. Your opinion is important to us!

And for those who like short recap videos, here's ours for this content-packed update!


To enjoy the 1.35 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 1.34 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

VEHICLES
  • Purchased container trailers
  • Purchased logging trailers
  • Browse purchased trailers & accessories
  • Double trailers in Germany and Netherlands
  • Krone Boxliner for 40ft or 2x20ft containers (Krone DLC)
  • Purchased Schwarzmüller reefer, curtain and log trailers; also traffic (Schwarzmüller DLC)
  • Adjust purchased trailers without service visit (extendable trailer, sliding tandem)
  • Copy truck/trailer configuration across fleet
  • Wiper settings improved

FEATURES
  • GPS Voice navigation
  • Use your own purchased trailers in External Contracts (WoTR)
  • Online garage purchase
  • Emergency refuelling service
  • Input improvements (Steam controller support, Tobii eye tracker support, controller hotplug support, better FF on Linux)
  • Razer Chroma support (RGB)
  • New options: truck stability, truck suspension, cabin suspension, dual localization of names in map
  • Faster job generation for hired drivers
  • Lots of new drivers to hire
  • Experimental DX11 support

MOD
  • Curve item (new editor item)
  • Walker/mover item improvement
  • Multiple LODs for models
  • Modded trucks support (in-game function)
  • Traffic data improvement
  • Vehicle data improvement (COG, wipers, transmission names, bracers sound)
  • Randomized cargo model (eg. container color)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Washington Announcement

We have loved sharing with you our progress on Washington, and with the final touches being made to the map, we are now ready to confirm a date...

We are excited to announce that the Washington map expansion for American Truck Simulator will be released on the 11th of June, 2019.

We hope that this short trailer will give you a small glimpse on what you will be able to experience for yourself very soon.


And as you can see for yourself, Washington will be rich in content for drivers to explore...

  • 3800 miles of dense road network
  • 16 brand new cities (Vancouver, Longview, Aberdeen, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Port Angeles, Bellingham, Omak, Wenatchee, Yakima, Kennewick, Grand Coulee, Spokane, Colville)
  • More than 20 landmark bridges
  • 10 original truckstops
  • Keystone-Port Townsend Ferry
  • Everett swing bridge
  • Grand Coulee Dam
  • Washington's iconic mountains (Mount St. Helens and Mt. Rainier)
  • Challenging logging cliff road
  • Dynamic speed limits and LED signs
  • Large and realistic ports (Seattle, Tacoma, Everett)
  • Many unique junctions
  • Distinct company docks for new cargoes: yacht builders, vast farms, material storages...
  • Washington-specific achievements to unlock

With the upcoming release of this map expansion, you will see news, reviews, images, and videos appearing online this coming weekend. With a plan to lift the embargo, the media as well as trusted friends of SCS Software will be able to openly start showing their footage from the map.

Additionally, on Thursday the 6th and Saturday the 8th of June we will be hosting a special Washington stream (on both our Twitch and Steam) featuring gameplay of the new map expansion and special guests who were involved in the making of Washington. They will be guiding you through this new state, hosting giveaways, talking with you in the chats and much more, so make sure to tune in from 4pm UTC on Thursday and 5pm UTC on Saturday!


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Washington: Grand Coulee Dam

On this day in 1942, the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam was completed, after 9 years of construction.


Currently, it holds the title of not only the largest dam in the Columbia River Basin but one of the largest in the world. Located west of Spokane, it provides a whopping 2,300 megawatts of hydroelectric power across the state, which is enough power to continuously supply the needs of two cities the size of Seattle!


Taller than the Great Pyramids of Giza, at over 550ft tall from its bedrock base and spanning over a mile long, this impressive landmark has been recreated in spectacular detail using unique assets in our upcoming American Truck Simulator map expansion.


Amongst one of the new Special Transport routes which you will find in Washington, you will be able to deliver unique and heavy loads to a nearby town, which will offer dam good views of this man-made wonder.