Thursday, December 8, 2022

Convoy: Dedicated Servers Support

Since the release of Convoy, our native multiplayer mode for Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator, we have been making small updates to further improve the players' experience. Today we are excited to share that a much-requested addition has arrived and that is the option to host a dedicated server! 

So what are the main differences between hosting a dedicated server and just creating a convoy session through the main menu? One of the biggest advantages of hosting a dedicated server is that your session will always be running, even without any players online (unlike a convoy that needs a host). This means players are free to join the session to continue their job and leave again freely when they need to without worry. You can also run a dedicated server without having any ownership of the game or the DLCs. 

Another advantage is that you don't have to run the server on your own machine. You can run the server standalone outside of the Steam client with no user interface on a rented or paid-for server that a hosting company owns. Alternatively, it is also possible to download the tool via the Steam Console Client (or SteamCMD) which is a command-line version of the Steam client. Its primary use is to install and update various dedicated servers available on Steam using a command-line interface.

It is also possible to host multiple instances if you so wish, however, keep in mind your server or system specs when doing this. Another important note we would like to include is that dedicated servers do not handle NAT punching. However, sessions hidden behind NAT can still be found via the direct search function. 

If this is your first time setting up or using a dedicated server, we understand things may seem a bit complicated or overwhelming. That's why we've included some documentation (a readme file) in the dedicated server package, which includes information on how to get started and important commands that'll help you get the content you want on your server. We hope that this helps you when it comes to setting up for the first time.

When setting up a dedicated ETS2 or ATS server, it is also important to create a list of 'known players' in the config file, this will give the listed player admin controls, which will provide them with the option to moderate players on the server. 

Ready to get going? The Dedicated Server tool is now available for both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator, which you can download for free from the Steam Client. If you don't own the game then the Dedicated Server app will not be displayed in the list of available tools. In this situation, you need to use SteamCMD for installation with the Steam IDs below.

  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 Dedicated Server ID = 1948160
  • American Truck Simulator Dedicated Server ID = 2239530

We look forward to seeing how you get creative with your dedicated servers and wish you many miles of happy trucking together. 

However, please keep in mind that this is the first iteration and that there may be a few bugs or things that need tweaking. We also plan to bring you more extensive tools and moderation features in future updates. However, for now, all the features of a standard dedicated server should be available. If you have any feedback, we'd love to hear from you on our official forums. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Germany Rework - Stuttgart

A while ago, at the end of our blog post dedicated to the rework of the city of Hannover, we teased you with a potential new look coming to other cities in Germany as well. Today, we are excited to let you know that our work continues with a brand-new rework of Stuttgart!

In order to represent the wonderful city of Stuttgart as best as possible, we had to tear down virtually the entire city with an exception of the recently reworked areas (airport, city circle) and build it anew. The overall layout is now larger and, in addition to exploring the industrial areas, you can look forward to taking a drive through some parts of the city as well.

The city has a rich history with discovered local settlements dating back all the way to antiquity and there are several landmarks from different eras that deserved to be featured in this project. Neues Schloss, the Staatstheater Stuttgart, and a castle in the distance are just a few examples of the amazing real-life structures that you will be able to check out. 

At the moment we are unable to say which city is going to be next on our path of bringing German cities up to the current standards, but keep an eye out on the blog and our social media (TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok) to never miss anything important!

Friday, December 2, 2022

Texas - Community Spotlight

The Texas DLC for American Truck Simulator was released about two weeks ago and ever since then, we have been swamped with monitoring an incredible amount of feedback. Our developers are still working hard to keep track of everything on multiple platforms and we figured we might send some love back to the #BestCommunityEver by showcasing several experiences with the latest map expansion in different forms.

Let’s start off with screenshots and videos, which filled our social media to the brim. We love reading about your journeys across this massive state and, as always, we’re making sure to share the most amazing posts with everyone in the company in our internal channels. We strongly encourage you to keep tagging us on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and TikTok, and we’ll do our best to check everything out!

However, the sea of community feedback is wide, and we were also amazed by hundreds of positive reviews on Steam. We appreciate everyone who put out the effort to let us know about the best parts of the DLC along with providing us with constructive criticism. Following are some of our favorite reviews. If you would like to write a review yourself, you can do so on the Texas Steam Store Page.

And speaking of which, the latest map DLC managed to get the attention of multiple internet video game journals, resulting in awesome reviews, such as this one by PC Invasion. If you are unsure what to expect before purchase, you might want to check the full article out.

We have also reached out to some of your favorite content creators (a couple of them are actually from Texas!) and they were kind enough to write us short reviews about their experience. Check out what they had to say about this massive addition to the world of American Truck Simulator.

Texas was by far the most anticipated state since Colorado, at least for myself and I am sure a lot of others as well. We all knew it was going to be a huge undertaking but I do not think anyone expected the amount of content that was included in this DLC! So many huge cities, small towns, open roads, flat ranch lands, and everything in between. I kept saying it is going to take me a long time to explore all of it. As a space nerd, seeing the Johnson Space Center and Launch center near Brownsville was very exciting! My favorite part that maybe some won't notice is the vast distances you can see in some areas. That adds to the immersion of an already very detailed state! And the truck stops are extremely accurate which is a great addition! Once again one of the best states in the game so far! - RyaStream

Texas! Being a Lone Star State resident I feel right at home. I've been looking forward to this DLC for a long time now, and let me tell you it did not disappoint. From Dalhart to El Paso or Brownsville to Longview the scenery and landscape are true to Texas. The new cargo and companies really add to the size of this DLC making it the biggest and best from SCS Software for American Truck Simulator. From big details to small SCS represented Texas very well. Catch you all on the open roads! - TruckinCowboy

Let me start off by saying “WOW”!!! I knew that this DLC was going to be amazing but it is much more than that. With Texas being my neighboring state, it feels amazing to just drive through there whenever I feel. I was blown away at how most of the POI’s in the state were absolutely spot on. Being able to drive past known locations and share with my community stories of what my experience was like while I was there was the best thing ever. I was even able to share a picture comparison while in Galveston, Texas. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you SCS Software for trusting me with early access and allowing me to share the experience #BestCommunityEver! - ThatGirlNisha

It's great to see a game developer take the time to recreate landmarks and cities in a game to make it seem realistic.  As a native Texan, it has been nice to be a tour guide to the community and show where I am from.  This DLC has added hours of new gameplay and roads to explore with friends or solo.  From landmarks such as Route 66 to the Corpus Christi Bridge, there is plenty to see and great opportunities for group photos and screenshots. “Everything is bigger in Texas.” - MoDoze

To say that we were blown away by the power of the #BestCommunityEver once again is an understatement. With the release of the DLC, we also started the #CruisingTexas World of Trucks event and it only took a bit over two weeks for you to smash the community goal of 125,000,000 miles (201,168,000 km). Absolutely outstanding! But no need to panic, you still have time until the 15th of January, at 23:59 UTC to get your personal rewards, which you can find out more about in the dedicated blog post.

In the end, as you can see, we have truly just been flooded with a lot of feedback ever since the release. The Lone Star state presented a true challenge to our developers and we are glad the project managed to receive so much attention. Thank you all very much!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

ETS2: Feldbinder Trailer Pack DLC Release

Feldbinder Spezialfahrzeugwerk GmbH is Europe's premier manufacturer of silos and liquid tankers. Founded in 1975, the company has since expanded its operations across Europe to become a leader in the trailer industry. Today, we are very excited to share with you that the Feldbinder Trailer Pack DLC is now available for Euro Truck Simulator 2. 

Back in 2021, a team of our vehicle artists traveled to Germany to visit Feldbinder at two of their facilities located in Winsen and Lutherstadt Wittenberg. There, they gathered references and learnt lots of information about the types of trailers that are produced. Since then, our vehicle team has been hard at work bringing Feldbinder to life virtually in ETS2.

One of the main driving forces behind the creation of this DLC is Leon Wosnitza from Feldbinder, a long-time fan of Euro Truck Simulator 2! Leon helped us a lot throughout the entirety of the DLCs creation. From organizing the plant visit to providing references and material to help our teams during its development. A massive thank you to Leon and the team at Feldbinder who made this project a reality! 

The Feldbinder Trailer Pack DLC includes 4 trailer types, 4 series variations, a wide variety of trailer and chassis sizes, cabin accessories, and customization options.
  • Feldbinder EUT (Silo Trailer) with 6 body types & 3 chassis variations
  • Feldbinder KIP (Silo Trailer) with 6 body types & 2 chassis variations
  • Feldbinder TSA LM (Food Tanker) with 2 body types & 1 chassis variation
  • Feldbinder TSA ADR (Chemical Tanker) with 4 body types & 3 chassis variation
  • Feldbinder branded cabin accessories of a mug, cap, notebook, t-shirt, gym bag, towel, and more!

This pack also includes a much-requested fan favorite, a double trailer configuration! Also included in this DLC Pack are 5 trailer paint jobs which include the official Feldbinder logo for all trailer variants. With so many options and customizations, we are sure you will be exploring them all in the garage for quite a while! We are honored to have partnered up with this fantastic company, and we would like to thank all those involved in this exciting project.

Feldbinder has also sent us a package full of all sorts of branded goodies including coffee mugs, playing cards, tube scarves, lanyards, and thermal mugs! We're excited to give you the opportunity to receive a bundle of these items for yourselves to have at home when you're trucking.

Simply tag us and share your first journey with Felbinder trailers in Euro Truck Simulator 2 with Feldbinder Spezialfahrzeugwerk GmbH on their Facebook Profile or us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #FeldbinderTrailers and you could receive some cool prizes from Feldbinder!

Friday, November 25, 2022

A Trip Down the Memory Lane

Phew, how time flies! It feels like yesterday when we were celebrating two decades of SCS Software and now here we are five years later acknowledging an interesting number once again. The year 2022 marks 25 years since our company began its existence in the video game industry!

On this occasion this past Monday, we hosted a big party for all our developers and a limited number of guests in one of the most modern clubs in Prague – EPIC Prague – where we had a lot of fun, brought back some nostalgia, prepared surprises for everyone, enjoyed a lovely birthday cake, and more! All this while having a good time together celebrating this amazing anniversary.

To remind ourselves of the stretch of the road that has brought us to where SCS Software is now in 2022, we have created a little documentary video for the team. While it was originally intended only for internal use, we have realized that all dedicated fans in the #BestCommunityEver may appreciate getting a glimpse of the memories of some important moments in the history of our company. But, who knows, you all might learn something about us that you didn’t know if you give the video a try!

We’d like to thank you all for your incredible and continuous support and we hope you’ll stay entertained with all the cool stuff ahead. We wouldn't be here without you all! It’s been an awesome ride so far, so, here’s to 25 more years. We’ll see you all on the road!

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Steam Awards 2022 Nominations

This year’s edition of the annual Steam Awards has begun and the nominations are open, along with the Steam Autumn Sale. 

We will always remember the honor of Euro Truck Simulator 2 winning in two categories during the very first year of Steam Awards in 2016, and we hope that the lightning will strike twice ranking us on top again. Both of our games can be nominated in this special event once more!

While we have continuously supported our games with updates and regular new content over the years, we still have several big and smaller features in development, along with map expansions and several new vehicles. Our developers are always doing their best to transition their passion for our titles into the in-game environment and we can’t wait to show you everything we’re currently working on.

This ongoing development is the reason why you will be able to nominate us for the Labor of Love category, which is dedicated to games that are constantly evolving with new additions. While this category is crowded with some heavy competition, we hope that the #BestCommunityEver will judge American Truck Simulator or Euro Truck Simulator 2 worthy and cast a vote on the Steam Awards Nomination Page. We’d like to hear your thoughts about the final decision, so comment below, or tag our official profiles on social media (TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok)!

In the end, whatever the outcome will be, the most important thing is to take part, and we really appreciate your support. After all, without you, it would be unlikely to have nominations like these time and time again, so, thank you very much! We’ll see you on the roads!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Introducing Oklahoma

Dear #BestCommunityEver,  you may have caught a glimpse of the following announcement at this year’s edition of Czech & Slovak Games Week, but now it is time to make it official. So, without further ado, let us show you the next step in the journey across the US states...

Introducing Oklahoma for American Truck Simulator

While Oklahoma tends to have an unfortunate reputation of being a rather arid place, sometimes it’s much better to avoid judging a book by its cover. The region is home to wonderful state parks, several natural marvels, and historical places full of mysteries and legends. And if you are looking for something more practical instead, the local road network and a strong economy will keep every trucker properly busy.

We are looking forward to showing you more in the future! For now, please keep in mind that everything you see here is still very much a work in progress and may not represent the final product.

If you wish to stay in touch with all the upcoming news, make sure to follow our social media (TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok), and to express your excitement and support add Oklahoma DLC to your Steam Wishlist. We’ll see you on the road!