Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Euro Truck Simulator 2: 1.45 Open Beta

Today, we are happy to share with you that the 1.45 Open Beta branch for Euro Truck Simulator 2 is now available to try and test out. Please note, that this Beta branch has been released earlier than usual and is a work-in-progress build that contains known issues & bugs. If you plan on participating in this Open Beta, we ask that you please help us by reporting any bugs you may encounter in the appropriate section(s) of our official forums.

Your feedback and reports are extremely valuable to our team and we thank you in advance for taking the time to help us out.

So, without further ado, let's take a look at what the 1.45 Open Beta has in store.

Hannover Rework 

The city of Hannover has been given a fresh look and has been completely reworked for 1.45! Similar to the Austria rework, we have more-or-less deleted the entire city and started from scratch. The city circle has been moved, although we have also done our best to keep as much from it as possible. 

That’s not the case with the city center and southern part, however, as these areas now feature a completely different layout with a new economy, which actually consists of some unique depots in the world of ETS2.

One of the most unique areas arriving in this rework will be the very famous Hannover Messe - one of the world’s largest trade halls and also one of our biggest challenges due to the fact that the part that we are adding is almost in a 1:1 scale. Dedicated to the topic of industry development, trucks and trailers always take the spotlight during the IAA event, which is an exhibition for commercial vehicles and a chance for brands to showcase their constant technological advancements and evolution. 

Perhaps this area might come in handy later this year, who knows? We look forward to you exploring this reworked area in this update. Read more about it in one of our previous dedicated blogposts.

Ownable Tank Trailers

We are also happy to share with you another long-awaited addition coming to the selection of purchasable trailers - ownable cisterns!

For now, we will be adding two different types of tank trailers to our games - Fuel Tanks and Silos (Dry Bulk trailers). Both types will have different customizations and uses. And don’t worry, we plan on bringing more versions of this trailer to you in the future!

The fuel cisterns in Euro Truck Simulator 2 will be used for the transportation of combustible liquids. For silos, you will be able to deliver a number of bulk materials with them, for example, sand, concrete, or grain. Tank Trailers will feature a selection of 4 connection types (Single, Double, B-double, HCT).

We are incredibly excited to see you hauling these new cistern trailers in your company and how you will customize them! You can read more about ownable Tank Trailers and what you will be able to customize at our previous dedicated blogpost. 

Krone Trailers Pack DLC Update

Owners of the Krone Trailer Pack DLC will receive two new trailers as part of a free update, the new Profi Liner Building trailer, and the Paper Liner trailer. These new three-axle trailers will both come with lift axles. So what can be hauled with these new trailers? 

The Krone Paper Liner curtainsider trailer is used to haul standard cargo and Krone's updated Profi Liner Building Material drop side trailer allows drivers to transport goods such as seed bags, fertilizer, plant substrate, outdoor floor tiles, roof tiles, and bricks. You will also find a new freight market cargo for the Boxliner, which consists of two stacked boxliner chassis for hauling! 


Both trailers also come with optional accessories including original Krone paint jobs, side skirts, pallet boxes, tire stores, and bumpers. This update also includes five new Krone accessories for your cabin including cute bear and truck toys. but that's not all!

We have also worked closely with the fantastic team at Krone to bring you a detailed representation of the Krone production plant virtually in Euro Truck Simulator 2.  Drivers who own the Krone Trailers Pack DLC will have the opportunity to deliver parts to and from the factory as well as deliver brand new trailers from the Krone Trailer Point within the production plant where they are rolled off the line!

You can read more details about this update at our previously dedicated blogposts on the subject.

Custom City Intros for Austria & Hanover 

A new experimental feature that we are introducing for players during the Open Beta is custom city introductions. These special cutscenes will appear when a player selects a starting city when creating a new profile. 

For now, these custom city introductions will only be shown for cities in Austria and the city of Hanover in Germany. We would love to hear your feedback on this new feature and gauge your opinions if you believe this would be an interesting new addition for new players to see; be sure to let us know on our official forums, we would appreciate your comments!

Optional Mods Support for Convoy

One feature our teams have been working on for Convoy, our in-game multiplayer, is support for missing modifications. We recognize that many players do play with third-party modifications created by our talented community, but we also understand that not everyone would like to download all the required modifications to join a friends' convoy session.

Thus, our team have come up with a solution to allow you to join Convoy sessions without the need to have all of the required modifications of the host's session. There will be options to opt-in, both on the server's and client's side to enable this if you choose to use this. In most cases, the session will not display the modification that is missing, however in some cases, such as if a player is using a vehicle that you do not have, it will show as a coloured placeholder box in that replicates its size. 

If you are a modder in our community, please note that your modification must be tagged as "mp_mod_optional" to be recognised as a MOD that can be ignored by a convoy server that allow for missing optional MODs.

Rain Sensor

When you are out travelling on the road for a while, you are bound to come across a bit of rain at times. Whether it's just a short passing rain shower or a full on storm, it's important for drivers to stay safe while driving on the road during variable weather conditions. 

One of the more common safety features found on vehicles today is Rain Sensors! This nifty piece of technology does exactly what it says on the box, it detects the density of the rain and in turn, adjusts the speed of the wipers for you. This feature is active when you set the wipers of your vehicle to the first position. 


This new feature will be available as an option that you can choose to enable on the settings page. So next time you are driving towards some liquid sunshine, you won't have to worry about adjusting your wipers. 

Option to hide inaccessible road markers

Another new UI option that we are introducing in this update is the ability to show or hide the X markers which mark inaccessible/undriveable roads for the player. This new option may make the game feel more immersive for some drivers, however we do urge players to take care and follow the correct route, as the invisible barriers which stop you from driving down these areas will still exist and appear for a short time if you hit them!


We hope that you will enjoy this small addition which we know many of you from our community have been requesting for a long time!

Changelog

Map

Gameplay

  • Optional MOD Support for Convoys
  • Custom City Intros for Austria and Hanover
  • Rain Sensor Option
  • Option to hide inaccessible road markers


Vehicles

  • Ownable Cistern Trailers (Silo and Fuel Tank)
  • Krone Paper Liner, Krone Profi Liner Building, more Krone toys (requires Krone Trailer Pack DLC)

So enjoy all the new additions, but please remember: It's only an open beta, not a stable public version - so you may encounter bugs, instability, or crashes. It's completely okay if you want to wait for the final release. But if you're interested in helping us to get there faster, we'll appreciate all of your feedback on our forum and your bug reports in this section.

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

If you wish to participate in the open beta, you can find this version in the public_beta branch on Steam. The way to access it is as follows: Steam client → LIBRARY → right-click on Euro Truck Simulator 2 → Properties → Betas tab → public_beta → 1.45. No password required. Somtimes you have to restart your Steam client to see the correct branch name there.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

ETS2 + ATS - 1.45 Update: Ownable Cisterns

Yesterday we have released the 1.45 Open Beta for American Truck Simulator and you have probably noticed that among numerous other changes, there is a massive and long-awaited addition coming to the selection of purchasable trailers - ownable cisterns! Let’s take a more detailed look at this trailer type, which will also be arriving in the 1.45 update for ETS2 as well.


For now, we will be adding two different types of cistern trailers into our games - Fuel Cisterns and Silos (Dry Bulk trailer). Both types will have different customizations and use. And don’t worry, we plan on bringing more versions of this trailer to you in the future!

The fuel cisterns in American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2 will be used for the transportation of combustible liquids. The ATS version will offer 6 connection types (Single, Double, B-double, Rocky Mountain Double, Turnpike Double, Triple) and 2 different customizable body types (Single drain pipe, 4-way drain pipes), while ETS2 side will have a single connection and single body type (Classic). Here is a detailed combined list of available customizations

  • Chassis type
  • Paint jobs
  • Front Mudflaps
  • Markers
  • Left, right, rear, front body
  • Rear fenders
  • Rear bumper
  • Rear mudflaps

In regards to silos, in ATS and ETS2 you will be able to deliver a number of bulk materials with them, for example, sand, concrete, or grain. ATS will have 5 connection types (Single, Double, B-double, Rocky mountain double, turnpike double) and a single body type (Classic), while ETS2 will include a selection of 4 connection types (Single, Double, B-double, HCT) and a single body type (Default). The combined list of customizations:
  • Chassis type
  • Paint jobs
  • Front fender
  • Chassis front left and right
  • Markers
  • Left, right, rear, front body (in ETS2 front only for Non-Semi Double Trailer)
  • Rear fenders
  • Rear bumper
  • Rear mudflaps

We are incredibly excited to see you hauling these new cistern trailers in your company and how you will customize them! Be sure to share with us your photos of your newly owned trailers on our Social Media channels (TwitterFacebookTikTokInstagram) once you will get your hands on them after the 1.45 update arrives. Also, if you want to stay in touch with all the upcoming changes make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and you will never miss anything important!

Monday, June 27, 2022

American Truck Simulator: 1.45 Open Beta

Today, we are happy to share with you that the 1.45 Open Beta branch for American Truck Simulator is now available to try and test out. Please note, this Beta branch has been released earlier than usual and is a work-in-progress build that contains known issues & bugs. If you plan on participating in this Open Beta, we ask that you please help us by reporting any bugs you may encounter in the appropriate section(s) of our official forums.


Your feedback and reports are extremely valuable to our team and we thank you in advance for taking the time to help us out. So, without further ado, let's take a look at what the 1.45 Open Beta has in store.

Cody + US-14 Wyoming DLC Addition

A much-requested update to the Wyoming DLC from our community has arrived with 1.45, which includes the additions of the city of Cody and the US-14! 

Self-proclaimed as the “Rodeo Capital of the World”, Cody offers drivers the chance to see famous landmarks and attractions such as the Buffalo Bills visitor center and the Rodeo Stadium; and that's not all! Drivers will also be able to discover and deliver to new industries in Cody, a Truck Trailer service, and a Waste Transfer Station too, which are a small taste of what you can expect to find in the upcoming Montana DLC

Cody is also known for being the gateway to the Yellowstone National Park, located 52 miles from the east entrance to the country's first national park, which also brings us onto the US-14. Beginning at the east entrance to the Yellowstone National Park is U.S Route 14, one of the original United States highways of 1926.



Drivers will have plenty to see on their drive on US-14, including the Buffalo Bill Reservoir and Dam, Pahashka Teepee, and of course, the stunning scenery and natural beauty that Yellowstone offers its millions of visitors every year. 


We can't wait for you to explore it for yourselves. The Cody + US 14 update comes free for current and future owners of the Wyoming DLC for American Truck Simulator as part of the 1.45 update.

Ownable Cistern Trailers

We are also happy to share with you another long-awaited addition coming to the selection of purchasable trailers - ownable cisterns!

For now, we will be adding two different types of cistern trailers into our games - Fuel Cisterns and Silos (Dry Bulk trailer). Both types will have different customization and use. And don’t worry, we plan on bringing more versions of this trailer to you in the future!

The fuel cisterns in American Truck Simulator will be used for the transportation of combustible liquids. They will feature 6 connection types (Single, Double, B-double, Rocky Mountain Double, Turnpike Double, Triple) and 2 different customizable body types (Single drain pipe, 4-way drain pipes)

Silos will also be an addition in ATS and you will be able to deliver a number of bulk materials with them, for example, sand, concrete, or grain. Apart from having 5 connection types (Single, Double, B-double, Rocky mountain double, turnpike double) and a single body type (Classic), it will have plenty of customizable options as well.

Gas & Truck Stops Rebranding

We've revisited 6 of the brands which we've used for in-game truck stops and gas stations which have been present since the game's release in 2016. Originally when we first designed these areas, we did not have the amazing team of dedicated 2D artists and talent at our disposal, which we have now at SCS Software. 

As many of you might have seen originally from our concept art from the Texas and Montana DLC microsites, these new designs bring a fresh, modern, and more realistic look to gas stations and truck stops, wouldn't you agree? 

We hope you enjoy seeing these newly rebranded areas on your travels throughout American Truck Simulator. Let us know which one is your favourite via our Social Media Channels! 

Optional Mods Support for Convoy

One feature our teams have been working on for Convoy, our in-game multiplayer, is support for missing modifications. We recognise that many players do play with third party modifications created by our talented community, but we also understand that not everyone would like to download all the required modifications to join a friends' convoy session.

Thus, our team have come up with a solution to allow you to join Convoy sessions without the need to have all of the required modifications of the host's session. There will be options to opt-in, both on the server's and client's side to enable this if you choose to use this. In most cases, the session will not display the modification that is missing, however in some cases, such as if a player is using a vehicle that you do not have, it will show as a coloured placeholder box in that replicates its size. 

If you are a modder in our community, please note that your modification must be tagged as "mp_mod_optional" to be recognised as a MOD that can be ignored by a convoy server that allow for missing optional MODs.

Rain Sensor

When you are out travelling on the road for a while, you are bound to come across a bit of rain at times. Whether it's just a short passing rain shower or a full-on storm, it's important for drivers to stay safe while driving on the road during variable weather conditions. 

One of the more common safety features found on vehicles today are Rain Sensors! This nifty piece of technology does exactly what it says on the box, it detects the density of the rain and in turn, adjusts the speed of the wipers for you. This feature is active when you set the wipers of your vehicle to the first position. 

This new feature will be available as an option that you can choose to enable on the settings page. So next time you are driving towards some liquid sunshine, you won't have to worry about adjusting your wipers.

Option to hide inaccessible road markers 

Another new UI option that we are introducing in this update is the ability to show or hide the X markers which mark inaccessible/undriveable roads for the player. This new option may make the game feel more immersive for some drivers, however, we do urge players to take care and follow the correct route, as the invisible barriers which stop you from driving down these areas will still exist and appear for a short time if you hit them!


We hope that you will enjoy this small addition which we know many of you from our community have been requesting for a long time!

Changelog

Map

  • Cody + US-14 Addition to Wyoming DLC 
  • Gas & Truck Stops Rebranding

Gameplay

  • Optional MOD Support for Convoys
  • Rain Sensor Option
  • Option to hide inaccessible road markers

Vehicles 
  • Ownable Cistern Trailers (Dry Bulk and Fuel Tank)

So enjoy all the new additions, but please remember: It's only an open beta, not a stable public version - so you may encounter bugs, instability, or crashes. It's completely okay if you want to wait for the final release. But if you're interested in helping us to get there faster, we'll appreciate all of your feedback on our forum and your bug reports in this section.

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

If you wish to participate in the open beta, you can find this version in the public_beta branch on Steam. The way to access it is as follows: Steam client → LIBRARY → right-click on American Truck Simulator → Properties → Betas tab → public_beta → 1.45. No password required. Sometimes you have to restart your Steam client to see the correct branch name there.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Texas - Intermodal Terminals

When you get your hands on the wheel in American Truck Simulator, after hours and hours of driving on the roads it can be easy to sometimes forget that cargo and materials can be transported by other means as well. In Texas DLC, you will have the chance to visit Intermodal Terminals, which are special areas where the so-called transport modes meet.


In case you are new to the name of this unique area or you just need a brief revision, intermodal is a term that is being used when referring to transportation involving two or more modes of transport. Therefore the terminals serve as places that offer a swift and safe movement of goods; which are mostly stored in whole trailers or containers without the need to unpack and repack; from trains, trucks, or ships. 


For Texas, in addition to trucks (of course!), trains play a very important part in this process and the immersion overall. After all, the arrival of local railroads has managed to change the entire economy of the state due to the travel no longer being slow and unreliable. This is why you will have a chance to see several railway stations on your trucking journeys and miles of busy railroads.


If you are looking forward to the large intermodal terminals and this type of transport sounds interesting to you, make sure to add Texas DLC to your Steam Wishlist and eventually you will be able to visit these places yourself! Also, don’t forget to keep an eye out for our microsite, which contains a lot of interesting and exclusive content. And finally, check out our social media profiles (TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok) and give them a follow to stay in touch with the latest news!