Monday, October 25, 2021

Steering Wheel Roll-Out Event

Help us celebrate the release of Thrustmaster’s new Steering Wheel, the T248, by taking part in our latest World Of Trucks event – Steering Wheel Roll-Out! For over 30 years Thrustmaster has been creating new designs to satisfy and entertain all types of gamers and we’re offering for you to join us in celebrating by rolling out this new hardware, as cargo, within Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator.


This will be your own personal journey and it will come with some nice perks along the way, including a World of Trucks Achievement and a unique cabin item, for taking part and delivering the T248 Steering Wheels cargo using our special event trailer. All you have to do is make sure your T248 Steering Wheels cargo delivery is over 248km / 154 miles.

During the #T248RollOut, players will also have the chance to enter up to 4 different ways and test their luck to win 1 of 11 very special T248s that have been specifically crafted to include either our ATS or our ETS2 logo!

Rules

Using External Contracts with a World of Trucks-connected profile in Euro Truck Simulator 2, American Truck Simulator, or both, your Personal goal is to complete at least 5 deliveries of T248 Steering Wheels cargo.

All jobs for the event need to be at least 248 km / 154 miles in length, or more.

You can check if your recent deliveries met these conditions using your Log Book in your World of Trucks profile.

Rewards:

Personal goal: Players that complete 5 or more deliveries of the T248 Steering Wheels cargo will gain a personal World of Trucks Achievement, a T248 Pedals dashboard toy as a Steam inventory item for Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator.

Don't forget, our previous Thrustmaster promotion is still running, which means that anyone who logs in to their World of Trucks account will automatically receive a matching free gift - the Thrustmaster T248 Mini Wheel cabin accessory item. Together they are the perfect pair!

The event will be concluded on Sunday the 7th of November at 23:59 UTC.

But this cool event is not all that there is, our dear #BestCommunityEver! During the #T248RollOut, players will also have 4 unique ways to win 1 of 11 very special T248s that have been kindly provided by our friends over at Thrustmaster.


However, these are not your normal T248s! We are talking about a very exclusive and limited edition T248 steering wheel & pedal set, all of them boast a distinctive red & black colour theme and proudly carry either our ATS or ETS2 logo on the base! Be aware that you won't be able to buy these anywhere else. Only those among the few winners will ever be able to get their hands on one!

Now that we have your attention, let's talk about how you can actually win one, shall we? We will be giving away 11 of these (6 carrying ETS2 and 5 ATS logos) in total. However, this time we have designed multiple ways you can participate and try your luck.

1) Steering Wheel Roll-Out Event - Live Stream Giveaway

You know us, when there is a new event, there's also a live stream. This time it won't be any different, so we look forward to seeing you join our live stream featuring Gavin, our Game Designer who'll be hauling some of these steering wheels, either in ETS2 or ATS on Twitch and YouTube.


The stream will take place on Wednesday, October 27, from 18:00 CEST. During the stream, we will host a giveaway in which you'll have a chance to try your luck to win one of the limited edition T248s mentioned above. We can't wait to go live with you all once again!

2) #T248RollOut Social Media - Giveaway

Another thing we normally do is host a supporting campaign, whenever we release any new content. This time, we call upon our #BestCommunityEver to hop in their trucks, either in ATS or ETS2, to participate in the event, get their T248 Pedals personal reward item, and then decorate their truck cabin with it alongside the Thrustmaster T248 Mini Wheel cabin item that you can get from our previous, and still running Thrustmaster promotion! Then, take a screenshot at one of your favourite locations that includes both the T248 steering wheel and T248 pedals cabin items, and post it over on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. The post will need to tag the social media profiles of both SCS and Thrustmaster, and include the #T248RollOut hashtag.
 
At the end of the event, when we'll be wrapping it up, we will pick 2 posts internally that include screenshots that stole our hearts the most, and reward each of them with one of these exclusive Thrustmaster T248 steering wheels! 

3) Personal Goal Finishers - Random Lottery Giveaway

This is a new way to approach our giveaways, but we feel it will bring some extra love to all those who took their time to finish their personal goals in this event! This will be done by our internal World of Trucks team, who will export a list of WoTr account names who have accomplished their personal goals. Then we'll randomly pick 5 lucky winners from it! These winners will be contacted later, with each winner receiving 1 of the limited edition Thrustmaster T248 steering wheels!

4) Gleam.io - Giveaway

Last but not least, we want to offer a chance for a winner from an even broader audience, so that as many people as possible can try their luck. So, this one is for those who prefer a social media challenge.
 
Gleam.io is a great service through which we have created a fully automatic application form, allowing anyone to join and have the chance to be among the lucky winners. Once we'll be concluding the Steering Wheel Roll-Out event, we will randomly pick 3 people who'll each become the lucky new owner of one of these limited edition steering wheels.

The rest is up to you! All you need to do now is pick a way you want to enter this giveaway competition, and how high you want to make the chances for yourself. The more steps you do in the form, the more chances you get. It's easy and it can all be done in the form embedded below. In order to be able to contact the winners, we will need to ask for your email before letting you enter the form. We promise that all email addresses gathered will be deleted right after the winners are picked.
 
Steering Wheel Roll-Out Event Giveaway

Now it's up to you, to choose one (or more ;-) ) of the ways listed above and try your luck! We are looking forward to seeing more of your photos as you roll-out these latest T248 Steering Wheels from Thrustmaster! Share them with us using the hashtag #T248RollOut on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles and we will share our favourite ones (we may even feature some of them in a future blog post!).

Thursday, October 21, 2021

ETS2/ATS 1.42 Release

We are excited to announce the arrival of update 1.42 for both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator! 

We'd like to thank all those who took part in the 1.42 Open Beta, made bug reports, and provided general feedback on this new version. Whilst our updates usually feature many new changes, this update is focused more on introducing a new and substantial feature to our Convoy online multiplayer mode alongside some smaller updates and general fixes. 

So without further ado, let's take a look at what the 1.42 update has in store!

Convoy MOD Support

Support for third-party modifications in Convoy was a very frequent request from our community when we first released our multiplayer mode. Since then, our teams have made it a high priority on their list to support the use of MODs. 

However, this was not an easy task for our team, especially when it came to the challenge of profile recovery when a crucial MOD is removed or changed, and visualizing what MODs are missing from the Steam Workshop when players join a server that contains modifications. We have done our best to overcome these hurdles; however, there may be a few things that might need tweaking and changing before we are fully satisfied with the results.

We have also created a completely new UI to accommodate MOD support. When you enter the session browser, you will see a new section on the right side listing the MOD compatibility requirements for the server. We have also included new icons for servers to let you know which servers have MODs enabled and which do not. 

Session names in screenshots are blurred for privacy reasons.

Previously, next to the server session, we indicated if you could or could not join the server using a red or green icon depending on if the session was full or due to problems with map compatibility or even with different game version numbers. We have now introduced an orange icon, which indicates you cannot join the server now, but via the new MOD synchronization UI, you can download the missing modifications and join then!


If a modification is missing and it is available via the Steam Workshop, you will be able to download it via the Steam browser which will be overlaid in-game, so you do not need to exit the game to subscribe to it. This will be accessible via a new window that opens when you try to join a session where you have some missing MODs. This window will show you all your currently active modifications on the left side and all the modifications the server is using on the right side.

Session names in screenshots are blurred for privacy reasons.

If the server is using a modification that is NOT available on the Steam Workshop and downloaded via a third-party site, then you will need to source the modification yourself. Unfortunately, our system will not be able to check what version of the modification the server has or where it is sourced. Once you have everything required by the server, the confirm button will become available and you will be able to join the session.

We expect a majority of popular modifications to work from the get-go with this update, however, there may be some compatibility issues with others. 

At this time, a convoy session will only allow for a maximum of 70 modifications during a session. We understand that a smaller percentage of our community may use more than this number and we will continue to monitor feedback made across our social media channels to tweak and make adjustments in the future if we see it necessary. 

MOD authors please be aware that some modifications will require some adjustments to work properly in Convoy. Sound modifications will be heard locally by the user, but other players will not hear them as remote trucks use a simpler soundbank (or they may just hear default truck sounds) if the modification is not configured to do so. Vehicles, Trailers, and Cargo modifications must also include proper traffic models for other players to see and interact with. 

Our teams will continue working hard to overcome the difficulties that may come with using third-party modifications in the convoy mode. Your help and contributions during the Open Beta have been extremely valuable to our teams, so please continue to submit your bug reports and feedback onto the appropriate sections of our forums (ETS2/ATS). 

We look forward to seeing the many wonderful and creative MODs that will be used whilst convoying together with friends! We also plan to release a new FAQ in the future with more up-to-date information as we continue to work on the Convoy feature. You can find our first Convoy FAQ blog here, which answers the community's most popular questions!

Third-party modifications were used to create illustrative screenshots for this blog article. By choosing these publicly available MODs to make such screenshots we make no claim or endorsement of any kind that these MODs or their authors are officially supported, recognized, preferred, or recommended by SCS Software.

Force Feedback Update

1.42 also brings an update to our Force Feedback profiles for steering wheels and controllers which are compatible with Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. 

The new FFB has been written from scratch and utilizes a 120 Hz refresh rate, independent from the main game loop. It combines some of the old artificial effects with the new centering and tire friction force feedback, which is based on real calculations from forces on the first steering axle and simulates the behavior of a hydraulic steering gear system used in most of today's trucks. This brings a more realistic and immersive feedback experience for our players! 

We highly recommended resetting your Force Feedback settings to their new defaults. 

We recently released a detailed FAQ blog about this update which answers some of your most asked questions about this update and goes more into depth about the topic of this update. If you missed that, you can take a read of that here! 

Changelog

Gameplay

  • Initial MOD support for Convoy multiplayer

UI

  • Convoy session modification UI added for MOD compatibility and downloads.

Other

  • Force feedback improved and available for more controller types on more systems (Linux)
  • Steering wheel animation range setting


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

ETS2 Anniversary + Renault Trucks Evolution Posters Giveaway Winners

Today is a very special day for us here at SCS Software, as Euro Truck Simulator 2 celebrates its 9th Birthday! Since its 8th anniversary a year ago, ETS2 has continued to grow and develop with the release of updates and content throughout the past year. 

Our progress since the release in 2012 would not have been possible without the tremendous support from our #BestCommunityEver, which keeps us going every day! With many years ahead of us in ETS2, we look forward to bringing you more updates, developments, content, and more. We have lots of exciting things in the pipeline and we cannot wait to tell you about them when the time is right. 

We'd love to hear your stories and memories of when you first started playing Euro Truck Simulator 2, so be sure to send us a tweet, comment, or message on our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to spending many more years on the road with you! 

Staying on topic with Euro Truck Simulator 2, last month we announced that we would be printing 5 exclusive posters featuring the original artwork of one of our artists, Annie, and that we would be signing and giving away 3 of them. 

To choose a winner, we asked you to send us your best screenshots of the Renault Trucks Evolution in Euro Truck Simulator 2 and tag us on social media with the hashtag #RenaultTrucksEvolution.

Today we are excited to announce to you the 3 winners of the signed Renault Trucks Evolution artwork! Without further ado, here are our chosen winners of this special giveaway: 

1. @the.huskie

We really love the colors and landscape captured in this photo! 

2. IstvΓ‘n-Fekete

We like the contrast between the old historic buildings and the new Renault Evolution!

3. @4brotrans

We love the yellow paint job on this rig. Clean, eye-catching, and modern!


Congratulations to our 3 winners, these pictures really impressed us! We will contact you shortly to ask for your details so we can ship the prize to you! We really hope you display these unique pieces of artwork with pride as they really are one of a kind. 

However, it was not easy to pick just 3 winners, as there were many images that came close to taking the top spots; so we wanted to share some of these as well! You really do know how to take some incredible photos in-game!

And of course, there were hundreds of more like these posted across the social media channels. You really impressed us with all your creativity!

We thank you all for taking part in this special giveaway! We hope you had a lot of fun getting creative when taking photos of the new Renault Trucks Evolution in-game. However, this isn't the end of news related to Renault Trucks, as we look forward to bringing you more content in the future. Keep an eye out on our social media channels and here on the blog as always! 

Also, be sure to join us for a Convoy Chill, Chat & Nostalgia Live Stream tonight as we drive together in Euro Truck Simulator 2 and reminisce the past 9 years since its release. While we don't have any plans to share any big news there today, we thought it'd be a nice opportunity to join us as we take a trip down memory lane. We will be live on Twitch and YouTube from 6pm CEST onwards, be sure to join us there! 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Heart of Russia: Food Mill Industry

The grain milling industry is the link connecting farmers to consumers and is one of the newest industries to be featured in the Heart of Russia DLC currently in development for Euro Truck Simulator 2. Today, we are happy to share with you a closer look at some of the food mill prefabs that you will be able to deliver to and from. 

The grain mill is used to grind cereals such as wheat, rye, oats, corn, and other cereal grains. Grain mills often manufacture flour mixes and produce prepared dough too. The entire process of cutting, grinding, and crushing helps to break the solid material into smaller pieces of grains ready for transport and production in the food industry. 


From there, the processed food grain is transported for delivery to food stores or other industries for sale or further food production. 

We look forward to sharing more development news about the Heart of Russia in the future, and the beautiful landscapes, landmarks, and other industries that will arrive with it. Until then, however, be sure to check out the official Heart of Russia Steam store page with early-development screenshots, and if you wish to support us, be sure to add it to your Steam Wishlist! 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

#Pinktober2021

Each October, many charities around the world organize various events in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Due to the support and consequential impact of these activities, "Pinktober" has become an immensely important tradition. This idea is usually represented by the Pink Ribbon, which has become a symbol of hope and a reminder to promote and share the necessary health information.

To help spread awareness of this cause, we hosted the Pink Ribbon Charity Event which came along with two special DLCs in 2019 - one for American Truck Simulator, one for Euro Truck Simulator 2.


The purpose of these DLCs has been clear from the very beginning and it remains the same to this day. We want to donate 100% of the income generated from the sales of these two DLCs to the charities and organizations dedicated to the fight against Breast Cancer.

Throughout the whole year, we have been collecting the income from these DLCs and now we are getting everything ready to donate the final amount to some of the Breast Cancer charities, just like we did last year and the year before.


At the end of the month, we will release another blog post, in which we will announce how much money has been collected. This amount will be donated to the following 4 charities:


Rest assured, we are always looking for the right opportunities to extend this list in the future!

Until then, if you’d like to support a good cause and obtain some new paint jobs for your trucks, now is the perfect opportunity to get these two DLCs or gift them to a friend and contribute to the battle against Breast Cancer. And in case you and your friends already own these DLCs, you can spread awareness by decorating your trucks in these paint jobs, and haul with pride while letting others know about this good cause by flooding social media with screenshots of your trucks under #Pinktober2021.

Additionally, don’t forget to actively do everything you can to remain healthy and to keep regular medical checks in mind. Apart from not feeling shy to visit the doctor if something doesn’t feel right, make sure your loved ones are having regular checks, and most importantly, there are numerous health checks you can do by yourself, to help you stay safe. After all, health always comes first and it is definitely one of the most important aspects of human lives that should not simply be ignored!


And finally, you can catch us live on Thursday 14th of October on our Twitch and Youtube for a special stream dedicated to #Pinktober2021. Come hang out with us in the chat and help us spread the word!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Texas - Nature #1 (Plains, Fields, Meadows)

Due to the vastness and diversity of Texas, it is virtually impossible to wrap up and put all the information about the local nature in only one blog post. That's why we decided to divide this topic into multiple dedicated blog posts. In today's, we start our presentation with the seemingly infinite plains, fields, and meadows, that stretch across most of this massive state.

The land of Texas consists of numerous enormous regions, from which some are more fertile than the others, but in the end, all are home to different flora and wildlife. When driving through these areas you may be able to recognize animals you have passed by on your previous journeys - such as deer, cows, or horses. However, this time you will also have a chance to spot numerous new road signs that warn about snakes! And while the actual snakes are not guaranteed to be seen, the signs are definitely one of the reasons why this state feels so unique.

The local plains are historically a part of many myths and legends, and you can be sure to feel their magic as well while driving on the roads that are surrounded by these lands. After all, Texas boasts a size of 268,596 square miles (695,662 sq km), so you will certainly have a lot of natural beauty to look forward to.

Whether you fancy meadows full of wildlife or empty fields with a view far into the distance, you can experience all this and more in the upcoming Texas DLC. And if you cannot wait for more information regarding the nature of the Lone Star State, make sure to add the map expansion to your Steam Wishlist and you will stay in touch with all the latest news!