Monday, March 18, 2019

A Road to Somewhere New...

Our Euro Truck Simulator 2 map team has been busy building a new major map expansion for quite a while already. Research and pre-production have actually started over half a year before the Beyond the Baltic Sea DLC was released.

A huge amount of work is still ahead of us to complete the work, but we think the time has come to start teasing you with the very first visual clue. Don't worry, in a matter of a few weeks, we want to announce the new map DLC officially, and the teasing should turn into regular project progression reveals and updates. There is so much cool new stuff to show you, we are really looking forward to sharing it with you!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Washington: Logging cliff road

Servicing the logging industry (together with farming industry) will be an important aspect of the in-game economy for the upcoming Washington map expansion. If you are looking for a more challenging drive, you will not only come across beautiful open roads but also winding and dusty ones leading through the thick forests of Washington State. The most interesting example of this is the logging cliff road used to transport tons of logs and wood chips as well as to haul heavy logging machinery.

Our map designers also have a new tool and process for scenic background creations available. This will help us create an even more immersive environment in our games. We used them extensively while creating this hill-side road. You can see the results in this fantastic panoramic screenshot gallery.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Scania presentation at Science Center, Luleå

A few weeks ago a very interesting inquiry came from our friendly contact who works for Scania. Their team was about to open a dedicated booth in the 'Teknikens Hus', which is Sweden's northernmost nonprofit science center, or as they put it, a world of technology and an exciting place for the curious of all ages.

The science center sees around 100,000 visitors from around the world each year! Featured among the many exhibits is a Scania exhibition which is focused on the components of the truck, such as the rear axles and similar, which are manufactured in the city of Luleå.  To represent the final finished product, they have also used a full-size real Scania truck!


Because the center receives a lot of visitors, including children of all ages, an amazing idea was conceived: to implement a special version of Euro Truck Simulator 2 into the cabin of the truck, and let the visitors experience what it is like to drive the vehicle on the road.

We're always open for such challenges and potential cooperation and even more so when it's for the good cause of children's education! We are happy to be able to configure a special build of our game according to their needs. And from the looks of things, it looks like the event was a great success and the visitors truly enjoyed the opportunity to try this unique combination of an actual Scania truck and our game.

Check out a few photos their team has sent to us. By the way, their booth is planned to be there for at least four years - so if you are around the area in the future, be sure to stop by.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

SCS On The Road calendar update - Truck Event Austria

We have a bonus update to our on the road plan - we're adding the Truck Event Austria 2019 to the list, which takes place in Wels this time, on June 29, 2019.


This event has developed quite a lot, during recent years, from a small trucker meeting to a huge festival. Due to the steadily increasing number of visitors and show trucks, it was relocated to the outdoor area of Welser Messe, and while it has been an integral part of the truck festival season in Austria since 2016, the organizers expect this year to be something special!

On an area of 27,500 m² you can expect more than 500 polished show trucks with their proud owners from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and lots of different attractions and activities for everyone, be it a kid or seasoned trucker. And besides all that, you can expect our On The Road team there, with our sim-trailer, 4D motion seats and lots of merchandise to be gifted to our fans!

Check last year's video - what a way to spend a free day, is it not?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Washington: Prefab building

One of the challenging tasks with every new map expansion is to come up with new industry depots. Since these are the cornerstone of the in-game economy with direct impact on gameplay overall,  their development has come a long way from the same-sized generic prefabs, through landmark-like quality of huge industry areas to modular depots - which you could see for the first time in our recent map expansions of Oregon and Beyond the Baltic Sea.

In Washington, we took another step with modular prefabs. Each dock consists of the foundation stone of our own depot and around it, we gradually build the whole complex, making the process quick and efficient. This also makes each depot unique, as every map designer has a different approach.

Today's batch of screenshots shows depots in general, while some of the future blog posts will go more in depth of the industries found in the state of Washington.







Friday, February 22, 2019

Estonian Birthday

The release of Beyond the Baltic Sea brought five countries to the world of Euro Truck Simulator 2, including Estonia, which celebrates its 101st birthday on February 24th. To mark this special occasion, we have updated the Estonian Paint Jobs Pack for ETS2 with an additional national truck cabin design to wear with pride when driving across Europe. For existing owners of this paint job pack, this special design will come as a free update to your garage. Happy Birthday Estonia!


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Community Driver Seats #8

It has been some time since we shared your driver seats. And now that the latest 1.34 update is safely out, we'd like to share more photos of your driving rigs. Previous blog posts on this theme inspired some of you to build your own, according to discussions throughout various fansites so perhaps this one will inspire some more.

Regardless of if some parts are home-made or if everything is bought, all of these show great devotion to driving games, almost no need to get a real truck right?





Want to spare space at home? This guy shows us how it's done ;)


And it's time for some real creativity! Everything that can be bought can also be hand-made at home, and here's the proof!


This one, though....with this setup we'd be afraid to start Windows, let alone thinking about pushing the horn key. That said, we are not sure if people living six blocks away can hear your truck well enough ;)


Thanks to everybody sharing your photos with us - and for those who didn't and would like to, post them here on our forum, please. Also keep an eye out on our social media channels, such as our facebook and twitter for the latest news and announcements.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Washington: Urban landmarks

Transferring real-world environments into our games universe is always a challenging process. For example, there are many technical and practical limitations which exist, many of which are related to the games' world scale of 1:20. To help us create an immersive experience that allows players to drive in the most realistic environment possible, we use several development tricks; one of these techniques is creating and placing distinctive landmarks in addition to local architecture, which can be natural or man-made structures.


Today we are focusing on showing you urban landmarks which can be found in our upcoming American Truck Simulator map expansion for Washington state. These can all greatly differ in shapes and size, from smaller statues of prominent figures to large bridges spanning across the state. Local experts will know many of these landmarks instantly, and we are sure you will be quick to recognize them in the blog comments below.












Do you have American Truck Simulator: Washington on your Steam Wishlist already?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Steam Awards 2018: Thank you for your vote!

The Steam Awards 2018 are over and the results have been revealed. Earlier this year, it was a nice surprise to see that we had made the first round of voting. Euro Truck Simulator 2 was nominated for the Most Fun with a Machine category, among so many other fantastic and popular titles and developers nominated. We know this wasn't possible without our devoted community.



We may not have taken the title this time around, but every vote made for us by our community was in our eyes the biggest award. We appreciate every one of you for your continued support throughout the years, and to us, YOU are the champions!

We would like to congratulate all those who received awards this year, especially to the Rocket League team who won the 'Most Fun with a Machine' Category. You may still remember our cross-promo effort from a few years back.

From all of us here at SCS Software we would like to thank you once more for your vote. We are already looking forward to this year's Steam Awards for 2019.

As a token of our gratitude for your support, and to fuel some speculation we all like so much ;-), we want to leave you with this before-and-after teaser image of a project we have currently in the works.