Wednesday, September 20, 2023

1.48.5 Maintenance Update Open Beta

Our West Balkans team is gearing up for the highly anticipated map expansion's release. To pave the way for it, we will be rolling out the 1.48.5 Maintenance Update. We haven’t bumped the game version all the way up by a whole number, as this is mostly really about tidying up some data.

With the West Balkans DLC on the horizon, we are hard at work behind the scenes, bug fixing and polishing; making sure everything is in place for a smooth release. This includes tirelessly iterating over multiple databases with the world economy and route access topology, and sometimes implementing related code changes and cleanups.

In addition to under-the-hood data changes, there are still some visible highlights of this update - the inclusion of new map content! Players can look forward to exploring the newly added city of Trieste, along with the updated cities of Ancona and Bari. These changes were previously described on our blog, so for more details, check out the dedicated articles here (Ancona + Bari) and here (Trieste).

We need to ensure that all the hard work and dedication poured into the new data is ready to go public, setting the stage for the map expansion's release. As you can tell, the ETS2 1.48.5 Maintenance Update is an important step in preparing for the West Balkans release, as it brings with it not only bug fixes but also exciting new map content that will allow better connection to the new part of the game’s universe.

Our seasoned players are welcome to help us out again in beta testing the changes. For mod creators, checking their mods against the changes to make sure there are as few compatibility issues as possible would be useful, too. 

Participate in the open beta, explore the new cities, and provide feedback at the dedicated section on our forum to help the development team fine-tune the experience. Together, we can ensure that the upcoming West Balkans DLC release is a memorable and enjoyable journey for all ETS2 fans. 

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 → 1.48.5. No password is required. Sometimes you have to restart your Steam client to see the correct branch name there.

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