Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Washington: Seattle

Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Northwest region of the USA. Becoming the fastest-growing major U.S. city in 2016 with over 3.5 million residents, it is home to some of America's largest businesses.

With its iconic skyline, famous landmarks and sport stadiums, drivers in our upcoming map expansion will have plenty of scenery to admire, as they travel on the cities' winding highways with its unique interstate junctions. Can you name any of these famous buildings?

Creating a mega-city like Seattle is no easy task for our map team; it required careful planning and decision-making to fit the scale and limitations of our map. Despite the challenges of ensuring both quality and optimization for our players, we believe we have managed to create a realistic depiction of Seattle and its landmarks.

As you admire the views from your cab, make sure to stay alert for changing speed limits on your drive past Seattle. New technology on variable message-signs will keep you informed of speed restrictions throughout your travels in this busy city.

We are sure you will find no shortage of jobs from Seattle, being the shipping gateway to Asia through its many seaports and large airports; truck drivers are always in high demand to distribute and deliver freight across the West Coast and onwards.

We are sure you will love traveling to and from the city of Seattle. With its hundreds of coffee shops, it's bound to be a truckers' paradise.

Monday, May 27, 2019

On The Road So Far

At the start of this month, we began our On The Road season by attending the legendary Truckfest Peterborough in the UK. This year's show saw a record number of trucks in attendance (over 3,000+ !), in which we had a lot of fun checking out all the different variations on show, talking to trucking vloggers and best of all, meeting all of you from our community!

We didn't want to forget such a great event, so our talented SCS Film Crew has put together a short after-movie which wraps up the event quite nicely. Can you spot yourself?

But this wasn't the only event that we have visited so far. Along with our participation in this year's Open House Praha, we also attended Legendy 2019 on the weekend of May 18th which saw many of you from our home region, meet our team and have a try of our motion simulators.

This past weekend, we also had the privilege of being present at the Scania Driver Competition finals held in Södertälje, Sweden. We also teamed up with Grammer at their stand for Round 1 of the ETRC Season in Misano, Italy. At both of these events, we had the privilege of meeting with representatives from well-known companies and putting our mark in the trucking industry.

These events are a great way for us to connect with you, our community members, and we love meeting those who run different projects, create modifications or even beta test our games. They also present the unique opportunity to introduce ourselves to new companies in person, as well as strengthening our relationships with other leading truck industry partners too. As you can tell by these past events alone, we have had a large selection of companies to talk with!

With many more stops ahead on our On The Road calendar, we can't wait to meet more of you from our community. We hope to see you soon!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Black Sea: Romania

Since you already know what our next map expansion will be, it's time to take a closer look at the countries found on the Road to the Black Sea. This time, Romania.

Romania is a large (238,397 square kilometres) and wonderful country with a unique spirit and cultural tradition. A reason for this lies in the fact that the country is at the crossroad of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. Many different influences met in Romania during its rich history, and marks of these can be seen even today - for example in the number of architectural landmarks.

From a driver's point of view, you'll find everything you might desire - high mountains, deep forests, rivers, coastal roads and more! For now, here's a fresh batch of heavily work-in-progress screenshots, but you may look forward to more blog posts about the country's specifics - there's a lot to write about. One example would be the infamous castle which many of you might be interested to see...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Washington: Bridges

A considerable part of the western side of Washington has multiple bodies of water flowing around it; with the city of Seattle being surrounded by Lake Washington and Elliot Bay. Looking at a map of the state, this may seem like a logistical nightmare for any driver. To connect towns, cities, and islands, the state has built an impressive amount of Bridges.

With approximately 7,300 bridges, they form a critical transportation link for residents and industries. In our upcoming map expansion for American Truck Simulator, you will be able to drive on over 20 of these unique and landmark bridges; which have been re-created in impressive detail with unique assets and mechanics. One such example of this is the steamboat slough swing bridge located in Everett, which was built in 1954.

From floating bridges, fantastic views over state parks, you can truss us that there will be lots to explore in Washington.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Start of the #IDriveDAF! competition

You may have noticed that we have recently added a new paint-job scheme into Euro Truck Simulator 2. The Pure Excellence paint-job for the DAF XF Euro 6 truck and trailer is now available in both versions of Euro Truck Simulator 2 (1.34 and the 1.35 Open Beta) as free additional content for every owner of the base game.

Here is why! We have been discussing an idea to do a cross-promotional campaign with DAF for a while, and finally, we are ready. We are excited to start a new screenshot competition in cooperation with the wonderful people at DAF trucks!

As a lucky coincidence for this week, we are also participating in the Steam Weekly Sale on a large selection of our content; we are throwing in a special DAF Bundle temporarily with an additional discount on the DAF tuning pack.

The competition starts today (20.5.2019) and will end on the 3rd of June 2019 at 23:59 UTC, with 5 lucky winners taking home some fantastic prizes. There will also be prizes given for Honorable Mentions. So how can you enter?

The conditions are simple:
  1. Watch the DAF Trucks video carefully
  2. Take an in-game screenshot of your DAF truck (XF 105 or XF Euro 6) at a location similar to that in the video.
  3. Post your screenshot and make sure to follow and tag DAF Trucks and SCS Software on Twitter or DAF Trucks and SCS Software on Instagram, plus using the hashtag #IDriveDAF
  4. If you want to enter through Facebook, make sure to like the following pages: DAF and Euro Truck Simulator 2. Post your screenshot under the announcement post on both these pages with the hashtag #IDriveDAF
  5. Multiple entries are permitted, but each must contain a unique screenshot (on Facebook, you need to post each entry to both the ETS2 and DAF pages). Posting the same screenshot multiple times on Twitter/Instagram will disqualify you from the contest. Cross-posting is allowed.
  6. Mods are allowed - as long as they are of DAF content or generic branding.
  7. Editing/post-processing of the photo entry is not allowed. 
What makes this competition unique, is that all 5 winners will receive prizes from e-shops of both DAF Trucks and SCS Software. Take a look at what prizes you could win!
  1. DAF miniature truck (large) + SCS hoodie, T-shirt and hat
  2. DAF jacket + SCS hoodie and T-shirt
  3. DAF travel bag + SCS T-shirt set and hat
  4. DAF polo shirt + SCS mug set de Luxe or travel mug set (to be shown in tomorrows stream) and lunchbox
  5. DAF miniature truck (small) + SCS bag and lanyard
Additionally, on Tuesday the 21st of May, at 15:00 UTC we will be hosting another live stream (on both Twitch and Steam) with Alex (LondonLad), Carthoo and Nemiro live from the SCS Studio! They will be driving DAF trucks, hosting giveaways, talking with you in the chats and much more, so make sure to tune in!

TL:DR - over the next two weeks, you can look forward to seeing interesting videos and information on DAF Trucks, multiple giveaways, and of course your fantastic photos plus a chance to win some great prizes! #IDriveDAF

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Washington: Mount St. Helens

On this day back in 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in the largest Volcanic event in U.S. history. The devastating effects of this disaster resulted in the loss of over 150 square miles of forest, homes, railways, and roads.

Located 96 miles south of Seattle, it has since become a National Park and more importantly a world-famous natural laboratory for the study of volcanoes and how nature responds to a catastrophe. Standing at 8,365ft tall after the eruption, the mountain is still a very impressive sight.

Just as magnificent as the view was how our map designer team was able to re-create this landmark. The area was designed in fantastic detail using satellite imagery and land-scans.

In our upcoming Washington State expansion, drivers will be able to drive down to a beautiful viewing spot of Mount St Helens with surrounding forests starting to grow again. This combined with locally adjusted draw distance makes for an impressive sight. It will be hard for you to believe you are only a short journey away from the city.

Friday, May 17, 2019

SCS On The Road: FIA ETRC Misano 2019

After the success of the World Of Trucks FIA European Truck Racing Championship #OneTruckFamily event on Euro Truck Simulator 2, the racing teams' real-life counterparts are now making their final preparations for the start of the 2019 racing season.

The first round will take place at the Marco Simoncelli Circuit located in the beautiful coastal town of Misano in Italy on the 25th and 26th of May. Here you will be able to see these racing trucks take to the track.

This year at each of the ETRC events, we are excited to be teaming up with leading industry partner Grammer, who specialise in the development and manufacturing of seating for trucks and other commercial vehicles.

The Grammer team along with our SCS on the road crew are excited to invite you to visit their stand at any of the upcoming ETRC rounds this season to meet with you and have a chat. You will also have the opportunity to try out the Grammer Motion Simulator Rig, powered by our technology and showcasing our flagship titles, while demonstrating the benefits of Grammer's seats.

We look forward to having the opportunity to meet you many of you from our community across this year. If you can't make this event, make sure to check if we are visiting near you at our calendar below. See you at the races!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Regarding the SCS Sim Trailer

With a strong start to the SCS On The Road season at Peterborough Truckfest with our unique Sim Trailer and Motion Simulators, we have experienced a technical issue with the trailer that will mean bringing it off the road and into maintenance for a period of time.

It is important for us to inspect and repair the trailer for the safety of our team and visitors who use the trailer at events. Unfortunately, this means that currently, any planned stops in the near future on our calendar won't feature our SCS Sim Trailer, but a smaller setup. This weekend our team will be at Legendy 2019 held in Prague, who will be using our back-up rig but are still ready for this great event.

Our SCS On The Road team are still eager to meet you and we will still have the means of bringing a Motion Simulator for you to try out! We hope you can understand our current situation, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We will keep you updated and we look forward to seeing you on the road!