Friday, April 30, 2021

Renault Trucks Evolution Design Community Vote

The unique and innovative community design contest we've started with our friends over at Renault Trucks is reaching its final phase! After gathering all the creative and cool contest entries, we are now coming to you with an announcement of the 5 finalists, who'll try to steal your heart and your vote! 

These 5 participants should already feel like a star, as their submitted designs have impressed the team of judges comprising of designers from Renault Trucks and a few consultants from SCS Software too! Plus, as was promised in some of the previous articles we've published during this campaign, these 5 creative members of our #BestCommunityEver have just won the amazing T150 steering wheel kindly provided by Thrustmaster, the exclusive sponsor of the contest! 

If you see your name/design amongst these 5 finalists, then make sure to keep an eye on your email inbox, as we will get in touch with you very soon to get your shipping details for the delivery of your prize!






But here's where the race for everlasting fame begins! Because now, we will all decide together who the ultimate winner of the #RenaultTrucksEvolution community contest design will be; who'll become a real legend, whose design will not only be implemented into ETS2, but also recreated on a real truck as a monument to this close collaboration between the automotive and gaming industry!

Please visit this special landing page and cast your votes, to help us decide who the star of the show is, the chosen one, the person who designed the most impressive and unique design out of these 5 finalists. You can take some time to closely inspect and browse the designs. The community voting is now active and ends on the 2nd of May, 2021, at 23:59 CEST. Also, we highly suggest you read the full regulations here.

The winner, along with the winning design, will be revealed later this year in the summer at a very special event in Lyon, France. This is where the winning designer will be invited by Renault Trucks, to be the star of the night, to reveal the truck and to test-drive it as well!*

*The planned reward of an expenses-paid trip to the launch event in Lyon might be subject to change, as neither SCS Software nor Renault Trucks can guarantee that future COVID-19 travel and safety restrictions will allow such an event to take place.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Wyoming: Mines

The mining industry in the United States has a long history and continues to play a crucial role in the country's economy today. Despite being a top consumer of coal, the US is also among the top five exporters of it. Today, we will be taking a closer look at the U.S state of Wyoming and the industries in which players will be able to take job contracts in our upcoming DLC for American Truck Simulator.

Located in a mountainous region, Wyoming has been the USA's leading coal producer since 1986, providing around 40% of the country’s coal, with 42 billion tons of reserve recoverable coal, with an estimated 1.4 trillion tons that has yet to be mined. One such mine which will be featured in our upcoming Wyoming DLC is The Black Thunder thermal coal mine. Located in Campbell Country, this is one of the largest coal mines in the world. Despite the rising adoption of cleaner and renewable energy sources, the mine still continues to cater to large demand, producing an estimated 115 million tons of coal per year, and was the first coal mine in the world to transport one billion tons of coal!

Drivers in Wyoming will be able to help contribute to the service and upkeep of the mine dumpers that transport coal in the Mines, by delivering parts and goods to the maintenance garages located on their outskirts. 

However, coal isn't the only large export from the state! Wyoming is also home to the world’s largest deposit of trona, supplying about 90% of the nation’s soda ash (or more commonly known as baking soda). It is used in a number of everyday products including paper, detergents, textiles, glass, and more! 

Truckers in our Wyoming DLC will also be able to deliver to a nearly 1:1 landmark depot of a soda ash mine and help contribute to delivering the necessary materials and cargo needed for its day-to-day operations. 

If you want to say 'Wyoming is mine', be sure to add Wyoming for American Truck Simulator to your Steam Wishlist. It really helps supports us in the development and release of our upcoming content. We thank you for your support. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

#BestCommunityEver Celebration

Through rain and shine, there's been a driving force that has kept our team in top gear throughout our company's history of game development. From earlier game titles such as Hard Truck: 18 Wheels of Steel to our well-known titles of today, we've been lucky to have YOU, our #BestCommunityEver as our co-driver every mile of our journey so far.

From modders to content creators to virtual trucking companies, we are lucky to have what we believe is THE best community a game studio could ask for. For us, you are so much more than just an average fan base! You are a never-ending fountain of ideas, suggestions, research, feedback, constructive criticism and so much more. We also see daily examples of drivers helping each other on various social media platforms which in turn creates a better driving experience for everyone. You have become our driving force throughout the years and because of you, we have recently reached some amazing milestones! 

From 300,000 subscribers on our official YouTube channel, through nearly 180,000 followers on our Instagram profile, 120,000 followers on our Steam Developer Hub, more than 235,000 followers on the American Truck Simulator Facebook page, nearly 220,000 followers on our official and finally verified SCS Software Facebook Page, almost 110,000 followers on our Twitter profile, to the enormous 1 MILLION FOLLOWERS on our Euro Truck Simulator 2 Facebook page, we wanted to reward all our drivers with a special gift to recognize our trucking family. 

We couldn't think of a better gift than one that you can proudly adorn whenever you are on the road! So we've created a special #BestCommunityEver Truck + Trailer paint job for both Euro Truck Simulator 2 & American Truck Simulator; this can be earned by taking part in our World of Trucks micro-event! 


Using External Contracts or External Market, with a World of Trucks-connected profile in Euro Truck Simulator 2 or American Truck Simulator, deliver 1 external contract cargo (any cargo) with a minimum of a 500km distance. 

Players will be rewarded the #BestCommunityEver paint job in each game which they completed the delivery in (Euro Truck Simulator 2 or American Truck Simulator)

Thank you for being our #BestCommunityEver! We really believe we have a wonderful family of ETS2 & ATS truckers and we appreciate all that you do to support us and the continued development of our trucking titles. We can't wait to spend many more miles on the road with you! 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

#RenaultTrucksEvolution Design Contest Reminder

We've teamed up with the amazing team over at Renault Trucks to give you the incredibly exciting opportunity to create a paint job design for the new Renault Trucks T High Evolution, which could feature in-game in Euro Truck Simulator 2 and on a REAL Truck!

With limited time left until your entry must be submitted, let us run you through how YOU can get creative and take part in this amazing opportunity, and what prizes are up for grabs. 

You have until the 25th of April to create and submit your own originally created design
and this can be done in a number of ways! 

  • If you have experience in modding, you can create your paint job and transfer it in-game. Then take a screenshot of the T High Evolution truck with your "skin" in the game and send it. 
  • If you are good at editing, you can paint/draw/overlay your design onto images of the truck
  • Not great with software? Print out the template images provided, draw on them and scan/capture them and send them to us! 

Everything you need to know is on this special landing page developed especially for this contest! We highly suggest you read the rules, plus terms and conditions very carefully!

So what exactly is up for grabs in terms of prizes? All of the 5 finalists will receive very cool rewards kindly provided by the exclusive sponsor of this campaign, Thrustmaster. Winners will receive the amazing T150 steering wheel!

And what about the ultimate winner? Well for that person we have prepared something very special. Their design will actually be recreated by the team at Renault Trucks on one of their production trucks and revealed in a special event around Summer 2021 at Renault Trucks' headquarters in Lyon, France. The creator of this design will get an expenses-paid VIP invitation to this special celebration, to be the star of the night, to see the truck, to test-drive it, and to enjoy a good time with people from SCS Software and Renault Trucks*.  Plus, we will bring this design into the game as an exclusive paint job as well! 

With so many exciting prizes up for grabs, you have zero reasons not to enter! Get creative and you could see your original artwork on a Renault truck! We have received so many great submissions so far and we look forward to seeing so many more! Here are just a few of them so far (this doesn't mean you won't be picked as a finalist, we are simply just showing some of the ones we personally like!)

If you are looking for some inspiration, have a watch of our previous streams where you can find tips and tricks not only from one of our own artists here at SCS Software but also from Paul Daintree, Design Director for Renault Trucks! Watch them below! (we apologize for the technical difficulties with audio during our stream with Annie!): 

*The planned reward of an expenses-paid trip to the launch event in Lyon might be subject to change, as neither SCS Software nor Renault Trucks can guarantee that future COVID-19 travel and safety restrictions will allow such an event to take place.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Iberia: Community Showcase

With the recent release of Iberia for Euro Truck Simulator 2, our social media channels have been filled to the brim with photos & videos from your first journeys through this enormous peninsula. We love looking through them during the workday and we even share them with each other across our internal channels. It really does bring a lot of positivity among our colleagues as we love seeing drivers getting creative with video content and sharing some really cool snaps! 

We'd love to share a selection of content created by you, our #BestCommunityEver! What you see here is really just the tip of the iceberg; you can watch a lot more or find your favorite creators here. You can also continue to send us your screenshots and videos from Iberia on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CruisingIberia.

Our #BestCommunityEver have also been busy in our #CruisingIberia event! In just 8 days, you completely smashed the community goal of 250,000,000 km! WOW! Looks like we are going to have to check your logbooks to make sure you have been taking regular driving breaks, as even we weren't expecting you to reach this goal so quickly!  

So what does this mean for the event? This means everybody who has completed their personal goal will receive a Plush Iberian Lynx toy and an Iberian Mask Bobblehead ornament as Steam inventory items via the World of Trucks site. If you haven't already completed your personal goal, don't worry! You still have plenty of time participate and we urge you take things slow, as you continue #CruisingIberia. Find all the details on how you can take part at our dedicated blogpost.

We have also received a large amount of reviews on our Iberia Steam Page. To everyone who takes the time to write reviews and give constructive criticism about Iberia, thank you! If you have enjoyed your travels through Iberia thus far, it would support us a lot if you could leave us a Steam review.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Wyoming: Railroads

With the demand for shipping higher than ever before, drivers on the road are not the only ones feeling the pressure when it comes to making on-time deliveries. Whilst the logistics of railroad operations is completely different to those of a trucker, neither party would be able to operate without the other. And as the railroad network often closely follows the roads, one could say trains are sometimes well-known company on a trucker's journey through the lands, hauling important cargo side by side.

In our upcoming Wyoming DLC for American Truck Simulator,  drivers will be able to contribute to the maintenance of the locomotives that serve the railways and deliver important rail parts from one of the biggest rail yards in the US! 

Located in Cheyenne, this Railyard Depot holds everything from spare parts to service bays for the hundreds of locomotives that ride on its rails every year. Cheyenne is also the home base for UP Big Boy 4014 from Pomona. "Big Boy," the largest steam locomotive in the world! 

Drivers will also be able to deliver to railroad construction sites where tracks are being built for future routes or being repaired.

So while it may seem a little frustrating to be held up at a railroad crossing, remember the train driver is much like us truck drivers! Always on the move and delivering essential goods, products, and more across the country. 

If you would like to help keep the hype train moving, then be sure to add Wyoming to your Steam Wishlist!