Thursday, July 22, 2021

Wyoming - Weigh Stations

There are so many pieces in a trucker’s life that all fit together like a perfectly-built puzzle. From driving on the road to passing by various landmarks, there are certain aspects you simply cannot leave out. One of those elements are undoubtedly the weigh stations. Today we will take a look at some of these locations that will be featured in the upcoming Wyoming DLC.

While the function of weigh stations remains unchanged and they may even seem trivial to some, to others they have become well known and unique places. Echo Point of Entry may certainly be remembered for its rich history and unique design. Not only was this particular station constructed before the famous Interstate 80 was built, the support of commercial vehicles in this area dates back all the way to 1952. But the story with I-80 doesn’t end here, as you will also have a chance to stop by for an inspection at the Evanston I-80 Point of Entry!

There will be several more weigh stations situated throughout Wyoming, and while some of them may not draw their power from history or their architectural value, stopping at Alpine Point of Entry, for examplewill leave you in awe purely due to the marvelous mountains nearby. On the contrary, Cheyenne I-25 Point of Entry will give you the opportunity to see far into the distance thanks to its surrounding prairies. 

We hope you have enjoyed this peek at some of the weigh stations that will be arriving in Wyoming DLC. If you did, make sure to put some "weight" on the Steam Wishlist button and you’ll always be in touch with any news regarding the new map expansion.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

We're Back to the (New) Office Space!

It feels like it has been forever since we last had our teams working in our offices located in Prague. However, last week we were happy to welcome back a large portion of our teams back with the exciting addition of a new office space for our Vehicle and QA teams! 


While we are still keeping safety in mind with the necessary restrictions and rules in place to protect each other, we are all so happy to see each other in-person again; rather than over an online video call. 


During our time working from home, we continued to hire new talent into our teams as we further speed up and expand the development process of both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. 


This meant we had lots of new faces which we haven't yet had the chance to meet in person, plus, a lot of moving in to do when they arrived in the office for the first time. To celebrate this special moment we took the opportunity to open our new office space, which is located in the same building but on a different floor to our current main office space.


The new space will accommodate the Vehicle and QA teams for now, and hopefully many more in the future! And we made sure to make it feel as fresh and modern as the one upstairs! With a new small kitchen, pool table, trucking-inspired designs, and more. We believe it will make a great and comfortable place to work for all our colleagues. 


And we are not done growing! We are always looking for new members to join our team here at SCS Software. From 3D artists to Programmers and more; why not take a moment to check out our open positions? We have a wide range of job openings based here in our offices in Prague, each coming with numerous benefits including relocation if you decide to move from abroad. There has never been a better time to join our team and you can check out all the information you need to know at our SCS Software job offers page.


We look forward to bringing more exciting development updates and news from the office in the future here on our official blog and our social media channels. 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Idaho Spuds Event

We are celebrating the 1st anniversary since our Idaho DLC release, by highlighting its famous potato industry. So, we’re inviting our #BestCommunityEver to join us in hauling Idaho Spuds - our latest World of Trucks event! The community goal is to achieve 200,000 deliveries of either Potatoes or the The Big Idaho Potato; we’ve gone all out to faithfully reproduce this famous truck and trailer, used to advertise and praise Idaho potatoes throughout the state.

The goal here is simply to have fun #HaulingSpuds and maybe grab a few rewards on the way. We’re sure you’re gonna like what you find. And yes, you can even haul Potatoes cargo using your own trailer in the external market, The Big Idaho Potato, however, is in External contracts only.

Not only do we have the trailer but we've also added the genuine Kenworth T680 paint job to accompany The Big Idaho Potato cargo, available in the game, and we can’t wait to see your pics as you make your deliveries. Don't forget to tag our and The Big Idaho Potato social media profiles (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) too to let them know how much do you like hauling their pride around!

We're also giving 2 special rewards for completing your personal goal which will require 6 deliveries of Potatoes plus 1 more delivery of The Big Idaho Potato, from any of Idaho’s cities.

This event is a chance to be part of the Potato industry which means so very much to so many people, not only in Idaho and not only in the U.S. but all over the world. I mean, who on earth doesn't enjoy a beautifully roasted spud?! So have fun, Haul them Spuds, and see you on the road!

We are aware some truckers are having some difficulty in finding their Potatoes cargo, so we have added the cities to help out. You can find jobs for these cargoes in the cities of Grangeville, Boise, Nampa, Twin Falls and Pocatello in Idaho! 


Rules:

Using External Contracts or External Market, with a World of Trucks-connected profile in American Truck Simulator, the community goal is to achieve 200,000 deliveries of either Potatoes cargo or the event-specific, The Big Idaho Potato cargo, from any city in Idaho.

When a player completes 6 deliveries of Potatoes cargo and 1 delivery of the event-specific The Big Idaho Potato cargo, from any city in Idaho, it will complete their personal goal.

Note:

  • The Big Idaho Potato cargo is only available from External Contracts.
  • Potatoes cargo is available from External Contracts or External Market.

All jobs for the event need to be 100 miles each (161 km) 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: Individual player contributions of 6 deliveries of Potatoes cargo and 1 delivery of The Big Idaho Potato cargo, from any Idaho city, will gain that player a personal World of Trucks Achievement, and 2 Steam inventory items for their cabin. A yummy Wooden Bowl of fresh crisp potato chips, and an attractive, Idaho unique, Giant Salamander Sticker.
  • Community goal: When the community goal of achieving 200,000 deliveries of either Potatoes cargo or The Big Idaho Potato cargo, from any city in Idaho is met, and if the player has also achieved their personal goal then they will receive 2 Steam inventory items for their cabin. A specially designed Idaho Nights Air Freshener, and a cute Idaho Potato Sticker.

Note: In order to qualify for the community rewards, you must complete at least your personal goal in American Truck Simulator. Each reward will be a Steam inventory item for American Truck Simulator. Once completed, claim your reward in the Events page on your World of Trucks profile.

The event will be concluded on Sunday the 15th of August at 23:59 UTC.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Euro Truck Simulator 2: 1.41 Release

With lots of testing, feedback, fixing, and fine-tuning, we are excited to announce the highly anticipated arrival of update 1.41 for Euro Truck Simulator 2.

We'd like to thank all those who took part in the 1.41 Open Beta, made bug reports, and provided general feedback on this new version. We hope you can now begin to fully enjoy the various new features which are included within this update. 

So, what can you find in the 1.41 update for ETS2?  Let's take a closer look!

Convoy Multiplayer

Convoy is a new multiplayer game mode, where players can set up and host their own private sessions (password optional) to drive with their friends or other fellow truckers. There is currently support for synchronized AI traffic, time and weather, and the ability to take the same job as other players.

Convoy allows you to create and host an online session with up to 8 players. We plan to eventually raise the player limit in the future, however, we are keeping it small at this time due to its work-in-progress nature. Session hosts will automatically be made admins of these sessions, allowing them to ultimately control what kind of environment they want to have online, as well as having the ability to kick any trouble-makers from the session. 

You can also see, filter, browse and eventually join any of the available sessions that have already been created by your friends or other truckers.

So what options and features will players be able to use and experience in Convoy? 

    • Any player can host and create their own private sessions for up to 8 people
    • Ability to haul the same contracts/jobs together from the same company and to the same destination
    • Synchronized AI traffic (random events included)
    • Synchronized time and weather
    • Synchronized paint jobs, truck accessories, cabin accessories, cargoes and more
    • Ability to communicate with other drivers via CB radio broadcast (X key), quick replies (Q key), or text chat (Y key)


    We know how many players are eager to try out this new feature; however, there are some things you will need to know before joining your friends on the road!

    Notable issues / not yet implemented:
    • Mods in Convoy mode are not supported in the initial release.
    • AI vehicles might disappear when a player disconnects.
    • Lifting bridges are not synchronized. They will be stationary for the initial release of Convoy.
    • Steam invites work only through the Steam overlay.
    • CB radio broadcast (hotkey "X") interferes with the text input line.
    Worried about your profile progress? In-case of trouble-makers or other circumstances out of your control, players will have the option to revert their savefile to one made previously before joining the session. From friends to VTC's, we are excited to see how you will enjoy Convoy and we look forward to hearing your constructive feedback on this new online feature.

    A24 Iberia DLC Addition

    Today, we are happy to bring a new piece of the road network to the latest map expansion for ETS2. This update to Iberia includes the Autoestrada A24 which runs north to south across the Douro river valley, connecting A7 and A25. It passes through a very scenic region of Portugal, famous for its many vineyards. 

    Originally, this road was considered for release with Iberia DLC, but we did not manage to complete it in time. We decided to finish A24 anyway and bring it to you in an update, as we did not want to leave this beautiful part of Portugal behind!

    Our teams are listening to feedback and making changes accordingly for upcoming updates and beyond. We look forward to bringing you similar development news in the near future, be sure to keep your suggestions and feedback coming as it really helps motivate us to improve our content.

    Photo Mode: Time & Weather options

    We know how much our players love to take photos in-game and spend a lot of time creating that perfect shot, and for many, this also includes finding the right lighting conditions and weather. So to help create that perfect trucking memory, we have implemented a new feature that may save you quite a bit of time when it comes to using console commands! 

    Introducing the new Time and Weather options! Players will now be able to choose the conditions of their liking, to create the perfect trucking snap just by simply adjusting a new slider to change the time, or clicking on two buttons to control the lighting/weather, all of which will appear in the updated in-game photo studio. We can't wait to see how drivers will use this new feature in the future and we look forward to seeing your snaps! 

    Changelog:

    Gameplay:

    • Convoy Multiplayer
    • Time and weather adjustments in photo mode
    • Quick Travel

    Map 

    • A-24 Duoro Road Addition to Iberia DLC
    • Iberia map fixes 
    • Various road signs reskinned across Europe
    • Navigation sign reflection fix

    UI

    • New icons on the map legend

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021

    American Truck Simulator: 1.41 Release

    With lots of testing, feedback, fixing, and fine-tuning, we are excited to announce the highly anticipated arrival of update 1.41 for American Truck Simulator.

    We'd like to thank all those who took part in the 1.41 Open Beta, made bug reports, and provided general feedback on this new version. We hope you can now begin to fully enjoy the various new features which are included within this update. 

    So, what can you find in the 1.41 update for ATS?  Let's take a closer look!

    Convoy Multiplayer

    Convoy is a new multiplayer game mode, where players can set up and host their own private sessions (password optional) to drive with their friends or other fellow truckers. There is currently support for synchronized AI traffic, time and weather, and the ability to take the same job as other players.

    Convoy allows you to create and host an online session with up to 8 players. We plan to eventually raise the player limit in the future, however, we are keeping it small at this time due to its work-in-progress nature. Session hosts will automatically be made admins of these sessions, allowing them to ultimately control what kind of environment they want to have online, as well as having the ability to kick any trouble-makers from the session. 


    You can also see, filter, browse and eventually join any of the available sessions that have already been created by your friends or other truckers.


    So what options and features will players be able to use and experience in Convoy? 

    • Any player can host and create their own private sessions for up to 8 people
    • Ability to haul the same contracts/jobs together from the same company and to the same destination
    • Synchronized AI traffic
    • Synchronized time and weather
    • Synchronized paint jobs, truck accessories, cabin accessories, cargoes, and more
    • Ability to communicate with other drivers via CB radio broadcast (X key), quick replies (Q key), or text chat (Y key)

    We know how many players are eager to try out this new feature; however, there are some things you will need to know before joining your friends on the road!

    Notable issues / not yet implemented:
    • Mods in Convoy mode are not supported in the initial release.
    • AI vehicles might disappear when a player disconnects.
    • Lifting bridges are not synchronized. They will be stationary for the initial release of Convoy.
    • Steam invites work only through the Steam overlay.
    • CB radio broadcast (hotkey "X") interferes with the text input line.

    Worried about your profile progress? In case of trouble-makers or other circumstances out of your control, players will have the option to revert their savefile to one made previously before joining the session. From friends to VTC's, we are excited to see how you will enjoy Convoy and we look forward to hearing your constructive feedback on this new online feature.

    California Reskin

    During our special Christmas 2020 live stream, we announced that we would be revisiting California in American Truck Simulator to give our starting state a reskin! Today, we bring the first iteration of this reskin, carrying a major road layout rework, agriculture stations, and more!

    One of the most noticeable changes drivers will experience when arriving in California are the new agriculture border control stations! All drivers hauling goods into the state will have to undergo special checks from the control station where vehicles are inspected for commodities that may be infested with invasive species, and for the correct documentation. In-game, we will mimic these scenarios with a new feature, which will work very similarly to the current weigh stations. Upon your arrival at the border, depending on what you are hauling, drivers will be notified to pull over for an inspection at one of the control stations before they are given the green light to enter the state. 

    Our world design tools have been considerably improved during the years since ATS was released as well, and we plan to take advantage of the new power. For example, our map designers can now pay attention to details like the proper roll of the road surface in a curve. We are also trying to make sure we get our research right when it comes to unique road signage elements, proper road markings, or the use of cat's eyes. We hope to achieve a completely new look and feel when driving across the State. Read more here.



    Photo Mode: Time & Weather options

    We know how much our players love to take photos in-game and spend a lot of time creating that perfect shot, and for many, this also includes finding the right lighting conditions and weather. So to help create that perfect trucking memory, we have implemented a new feature that may save you quite a bit of time when it comes to using console commands! 

    Introducing the new Time and Weather options! Players will now be able to choose the conditions of their liking, to create the perfect trucking snap just by simply adjusting a new slider to change the time, or clicking on two buttons to control the lighting/weather, all of which will appear in the updated in-game photo studio. We can't wait to see how drivers will use this new feature in the future and we look forward to seeing your snaps! 


    Changelog:

    Gameplay:

    • Convoy Multiplayer 
    • Time and weather adjustments in photo mode
    • Quick Travel

    Map 

    • California Reskin part 1 including 7 Agricultural Stations and a road layout rework 

    UI

    • New icons in the map legend