Wednesday, February 21, 2024

SCS On The Road - A First Look at Krone's Revolutionary eTrailer

Another SCS On The Road episode is here! This time, we take you back to last year's Solutrans expo where we talked with Vera Hunfeld from Krone about their revolutionary eTrailer.

Vera, the Managing Director from Krone France, told us everything a true trucking enthusiast would be dying to know about Krone's groundbreaking eTrailer. This special trailer is equipped with an electrified axle, a great addition that not only adds horsepower to a truck-trailer combination but also reduces fuel consumption and emissions. We're incredibly grateful to her for taking the time to chat with us and for giving us such valuable insights. So don't hesitate to take a look at the trailer yourself and get all the important information about its fascinating technology in our video!

We have already talked about this great trailer on our blog last year as we released a very unique paint job for ETS2, so if you want to remind yourself about that, take a look here. You should also check out Krone's dedicated website to find out more about the eTrailer and their YouTube videos covering this project.

We hope you've enjoyed this episode! Be sure to follow us on X/Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Threads for all the latest news about Krone Trailers and other upcoming projects from the world of Euro Truck Simulator 2.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Haulin' Hearts Event Conclusion

Over the past couple of weeks, we have certainly felt the devotion of our community, who has been 'Haulin' Hearts' across Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. Whilst this event has quickly come to an end, we can still strongly feel the love in the air!


We'd like to thank everyone who took part and helped deliver an incredible 600,000 loads of Valentine Presents cargo across our trucking territories. It was great to receive so many screenshots and videos from all of you enjoying this event across our Social Media Pages. We hope that during this time, you were able to share your love of trucking with a friend or perhaps someone closer. 

So without further ado, let's take a look at some of the statistics from the event. You managed to complete the Community Goal on the 14th of February (which we think you planned..), and in total completed 922,487 jobs by the event's end! Check out our official infographics below. 


Seeing so many of you take part in this event brought a lot of joy to our World of Trucks team, who worked hard to bring this event to life so quickly after the end of the previous ones. We'd like to thank all the teams involved for their dedication, beautiful artwork and rewards, which we hope you enjoyed!


If you did manage to complete your personal goal in-time, be sure to collect your rewards via the World of Trucks website, under the 'Events' tab on your page. However, the love doesn't have to stop there! You can continue to haul with hearts any time you like with our Valentines Paint Job Packs for both ETS2 and ATS. 


Once again, we are grateful for all your effort and the love you showed us during this event. We really hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to showcasing our next event to you in the future. Until then, remember love isn't just for Valentine's, but for anytime of the year. Happy Truckin'! 

Monday, February 19, 2024

California Rework - Yosemite National Park

The U.S State of California has a long history when it comes to the conservation efforts of preserving its natural heritage, so much so that it boasts having nine National Parks, more than any other state! In today's blog, we will be focusing on one such National Park you'll have the chance to re-visit as part of our California Rework project for American Truck Simulator.

Nestled within the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains of California,the Yosemite National Park features awe-inspiring granite peaks, majestic waterfalls, and pristine wilderness. Whilst this is not normally an area where trucks are allowed to travel through, we couldn't go without reworking this area from the ground up to bring it up to our current quality standards. 

One stand-out feature you'll be sure to notice is the new models of granite rock which are mainly found here. These new models and assets combined give the Yosemite National Park quite the transformation, don't you think? 

You'll be able to drive through CA-120 from Modesto to Lee Vining, which offers drivers some pretty breathtaking views of the natural beauty found across Yosemite National Park. We highly recommend taking a stop at some of the lookout points you'll find in the area including Olmsted point, Lake Vista Point or the Rainbow Pool Day Use Area.

Looking to visit the Yosemite National Park? Previously, this area was not on your GPS map. With a fresh rework, comes a requested change; we are pleased to share that with Phase 3 of the California Rework, you will now be able to find this National Park (like others) on your UI map! 

If you're travelling from Modesto, drivers can enter the Yosemite National Park at the Big Oak Flat entrance which features an information station. If you're looking to visit from the direction of Lee Vining, you can enter at the Tioga Pass Entrance, a high-altitude entrance point to Yosemite!

While you may be familiar this area already, we look forward to you re-discovering the Yosemite National Park, along with other parts of California in Phase 3 of our rework in the future. We look forward to sharing more new with you on it's progress here on our blog. Until then, keep on truckin'. 

Friday, February 16, 2024

Germany Rework - Rhine: Through Cities

Previously, we shared a blog on the Industries & Intersections you can find in the Rhine-Rhur region of Germany. Today however, we are excited to share with you more specifically about the cities themselves! Our small rework team has worked hard to give this area a complete overhaul. Let's take a closer look shall we? 

"All cities have been redesigned from the ground up" Iva, one of our Map Designers tells us, "We deleted the previous map, which did not represent the Rhineland region very well. Then, we created a completely new urban structure that reflects the area around the Rhine more. We tried to make the most of our spatial capabilities in the map and capture the Rhineland as realistically as possible, which includes the population density, industries and ultimately, its size. It will be a huge change from the base map."

"One of the biggest changes players will notice is the density of the road network." Iva explains "It will now be possible to look into the very heart of some of the cities and discover the contrast between the industrial zone and the centre itself. I dare say, we captured the best of each city!" 

Cologne 

When reworking the city of Cologne, one thing we wanted to make sure to capture was the size of the Rhine River, which passes through several cities in the area, and most famously Cologne. With this inclusion, it is now possible to drive right alongside the riverfront and admire the iconic buildings and landmarks of Köln.



This includes bridges such as the Hohenzollernbrücke, a pedestrian and railway bridge with its three charismatic wave-like arches, located nearby arguably one of the famous landmarks in the city, the Cologne Cathedral. You may have even travelled over this bridge if you have ever arrived by train (often delayed) into Köln Hauptbahnhof, the main train station of the city. 


Other landmarks include Kölner Dom, The Lanxess Arena and many other iconic buildings. You can also look forward to seeing trams running through the city. These trams will also be found in all the other cities mentioned in this blog too. We are also excited to announce the addition of the A3, a major autobahn route which connects Cologne to Frankfurt! We hope you enjoy re-discovering this popular city destination.

Düsseldorf

Love landmarks? Then be sure to visit Düsseldorf, as it features many of them, waiting for you to discover. From the addition of two new churches to modern architecture, there are plenty of reasons to travel on our new roads, some which travel right through the city. 

If sightseeing is not your thing however, you can look forward to delivering loads to and from the Steelworks and Car Factories located near the centre of the city. If you're looking to take your delivery to new heights, you can also find the Düsseldorf Airport, which features an animated Skytrain! 

Dortmund

If you prefer driving through Industrial areas, Dortmund is for you. With winding roads and large intersections, you'll find some of our biggest industry depots here which include familiar in-game companies such as IKA, LKW and ITCC. 

Don't miss out on delivering to and from this busy hub, there will be plenty of job contracts available from this city. Don't forget to also sport the local football team's colours, yellow and black! 

Duisburg 

As many of you may be familiar with already, Duisburg is a busy city, and not just when it comes to population, but its roads! Located between several other major cities, it serves as an important hub for industries not just by land but also by water. 



Located on the Rhine River, you'll find one of the World's largest Inland Port, Duisburger Hafen, which is the leading logistics hub in Europe, processing over 20,000 ships and 25,000 trains per year. The port handles a huge 3.6 million containers per year! This is one massive industrial area we could not miss.


You will also have the opportunity to drive into the centre of the city itself, where you'll find the Rathaus Duisburg (Town hall), churches and the Schwanentorbrücke, a iconic vertical-lift bridge located in the city. 


Players will also be able to drive across the Ruhr Brücke, alongside two new bridges which will connect you to the other side of the city, where you can find many other landmarks. You will also be able to travel on the E-40 highway, which runs through the city, and features the iconic Kreuz Kaiserberg intersection and much more. 


There is so much more to discover that we we could not fit into this blog, including some roads which are best kept hidden. Over the past 2 years, our small team of made up of mostly 2-4 people has managed to rework this area of 4 cities that can almost visually merge into one mega city in the UI.

We really hope you appreciate the time and effort that has gone into this region, and we are even more excited for you to explore it for yourself. Until then, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on this mega-project and what you look forward to most.