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About Euro Truck Simulator 2

Euro Truck Simulator 2 (commonly abbreviated as ETS2) is a vehicle simulation game developed and published by SCS Software for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X and was initially released as open development on October 19, 2012. The game is a direct sequel to the 2008 game Euro Truck Simulator and it is the second video game in the Euro Truck Simulator series. The player can drive one of a choice of articulated trucks across a depiction of Europe, picking up cargo from various locations and delivering it. As the game progresses, it is possible for the player to buy more vehicles, depots, and hire drivers to work. The game has sold over 3.5 million units as of December 2015.

Gameplay

The game map is a downscaled representation of Europe, and covers (fully or partially) the countries: Base game: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Wales Going East! DLC: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia Scandinavia DLC: Denmark, Norway, Sweden Players choose their HQ's location in any of the game map's cities. At second, the player can only take what are known as Quick jobs -- these jobs involve making hired driver deliveries while employed by a delivery company, with a provided truck and all expenses (fuel, road tolls, ferry crossings) covered. As the player earns money or takes bank loans, they can eventually afford to buy themselves a truck, acquire a home garage, and start making more money by delivering cargo using their own truck instead of just being a driver for hire. Money earned in the game can be spent on upgrading or purchasing new trucks, hiring NPC drivers to take on deliveries, buying more garages and expanding the home garage to accommodate more trucks and drivers. The player gains experience points after each delivery. A skill point is awarded after each level-up. Skill points can be used to unlock deliveries that require different ADR classes, longer distance deliveries, special cargo loads, fragile cargo loads, deliveries that are urgent and eco-driving. This progression allows the player to take on better paid jobs. The game features 77 cities in thirteen different countries, over twenty different types of cargo and over fifteen fictional European companies. Version 2 includes two new truck companies, Scania and Renault, with MAN returning from the original game. DAF, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo trucks were not officially licensed and had their names changed to DAV, Ivedo, Majestic and Valiant respectively. Later updates included the official branding for the DAF XF, Volvo FH, Iveco Stralis and Mercedes-Benz Actros.

Development

Expanding beyond the Windows version, SCS announced in March 2013 that they were developing a Mac version of the game. One month later they released a Linux beta version of the game to the public through Steam. On the 27th February, they stated "the Mac OS port of ETS2 is taking longer than anybody would like, but trust us, we are still working hard on it." Finally, on December 19, 2014, they announced on their blog that the Mac version of the game is ready for a public beta available on Steam. On January 21, 2015 a 64 bit version of Euro Truck Simulator 2 was released, which allows for more memory to be used by the game. In July 2013 a large update was released, fixing various graphical glitches, improving the toll booths and included the ability to switch off the trucks' speed limiter from within the gameplay options. In October 2013, SCS announced support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset which became available in the beta 1.9 update released in March 2014. In May 2014, ETS 2 was updated out of beta with patch 1.10. In July 2014, ETS 2 released an open beta of patch 1.11 on Steam. The full patch contains 3 new cities in Austria and Italy, along with an improved layout and UI, a way to adjust your seating in the cabin, and a feature that allows you to sell/trade your garages. In January 2015, ETS 2 was updated with support for 64 bit, and officially released for OS X. On September 8, 2015, SCS Blog announced the completion of 5 years of their blog as well as the upcoming feature in v1.21 (Cabin Accessories DLC).

Downloadable content

Going East!

In January 2013 SCS Software announced a downloadable content (DLC) package — Going East!, expanding the game map into Eastern Europe. The DLC saw the introduction of thirteen new cities across Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary and was released in September 2013. In July 2015 (version 1.19), Hungary gained 2 more cities: Pécs and Szeged along with some roads in Austria and Hungary.

Paint job themes

A set of Halloween-themed paint jobs was released exclusively on Valve's Steam store on 24 October 2013. On 10 December 2013, a set of winter themed paint jobs called Ice Cold were released. These themes can be applied to any truck in the game. On April 4, 2014, SCS Software released six more paint jobs in a DLC pack called "Force of Nature" and all paint jobs are still Steam DLC only. The Going East! DLC however, is both Steam and Non-Steam DLC. Finally, in the 1.10/1.11 update there are 5 new paint schemes with the UK flag, the Irish flag, the Scottish flag, the American flag and the Canadian flag. On October 3, 2014, SCS Software released some colorschemes based on the German flag, prior to the 24th anniversary of the reunion of Germany. During December 2014 and January 2015 on World of Trucks only, there was an exclusive paint skin that many players still have today called the Ravens Paint Pack. It included only two Raven style paints (1 blue, 1 gold), and was only unlocked if you delivered Christmas trailers the approximate distance from Praha, Czech Republic to the Geographic North Pole which in the end came down to 2,760 miles (4,416km). The Ravens Paint Pack is the only DLC pack not on Steam.

High Power Cargo Pack

High Power Cargo Pack DLC expands the cargo range in the game by adding custom cargoes. The new cargoes are usually large, long and heavy and include a helicopter, various tractors and drillers, air conditioners and even a yacht. An extra bonus included with the pack is a special Heavy Duty customizable paint job. Unlike the Going East! DLC (geographic) and the Paint Jobs Packs (aesthetic), this is currently the only expansion pack that actually changes the in-game experience.

Scandinavia

On May 7th, 2015 SCS released a second DLC similar to Going East!, called Scandinavia. As the name suggests, it features a map extension to Scandinavia and features Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The DLC also contains 2 new types of trailers: a livestock trailer and a trailer for transporting trucks. The latter can be picked up at the Volvo Trucks and Scania factories in Sweden, which have been reconstructed in the game.

Cabin Accessories

The Cabin Accessories DLC adds various items to customize the cabin of your truck, such as banners, pennants, bobbleheads, a portable navigator and even fuzzy dice which will respond to the cabin's movements. It was released on September 30, 2015.

Mods

A wide range of mods can be downloaded for Euro Truck Simulator 2, many of which help the game grow in game content, map size and game popularity. Some popular map mods include ProMods, who have currently modeled France, Scandinavia, Estonia, Iceland, Scotland and recently Romania, Ukraine, Latvia, Spain and more. The teams plan is to one day cover the entire European continent. Another popular mod is TSM (TruckSim Map) which includes Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Northern Africa. And also There is Poland Rebuilding, a project of remaking the country Poland into a more realistic one, which merged with ProMods 2.0 after its release. And there is RusMap, a map which includes Belarus and Russia. There is also a third-party multiplayer mod which is currently in open alpha status, allowing ETS2 players from all over the world to make deliveries in the same world-space. The multiplayer mod, named ETS2MP has six servers, three in Europe, one in America, Asia and South America. Some of the servers are hard capped to a 110 km/h (67 mp/h) speed limit outside of towns and 60 km/h (37 mp/h) inside. Some mods include a handful of trailers and companies like JazzyCat which contains military, trailers and cargos, and railway trailers to use in game. There are over 300+ of new trailers and over 20+ companies renamed to DHL, John Deere, TNT, etc. Some trailer packs contain a few handful of American trailers. It also includes Eddie Stobart Group and the Malcolm Group as mods as well. Other mods allow players driving cars like the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Audi S4, BMW X5 and X6 or AI traffic packs with a variety of cars. Some of them are also truck mods like the Peterbilt 379, Kenworth W900a, the Freightliner FLD 120, Peterbilt 351, MAZ, vehicle tuning, open pipe sound, and so on.

Steam Workshop Integration

In the 1.23 beta, SCS Software integrated Valve's Steam Workshop into the game, allowing mod authors to upload their creations onto the Euro Truck Simulator 2 Steam Workshop page. This lets players click a button to download and install a mod into their game. These mods range from trailers and companies to new trucks and sound packs. Mod authors will use a tool named SCS Workshop Uploader to get their mods published on the Workshop Page.

France (under development)

On February 18, 2016, the development of a French DLC was announced. It should cover the rest of France, because the original map only covered the northeast of the country.

Reception

The game was generally well received by critics, holding a score of 79/100 on Metacritic, indicating 'generally favorable reviews'. In a review for Destructoid, Jim Sterling praised the game's accessibility, noting how easy the GPS and map features were to use, as well as the option to stream European internet radio, and the multitude of control options available. He also praised the graphics, stating that "[f]rom the shape of the traffic lights to the atmosphere of the backdrops, there's a sense of individuality to each new territory you uncover, and the trucks themselves are lovingly recreated with an intricate level of detail", although he did criticise the AI of the other vehicles on the road. In a similarly favourable review, Tim Stone of PC Gamer called it "unexpectedly engrossing", praising the size of the map and the variation of the roads and scenery available. He did however have reservations about the accuracy of the surroundings, commenting "no one seems to have told SCS’s countryside crafters that rural Britain features long green things called hedges. Cities are often depicted with the shortest of visual shorthand – a few warehouses, the odd landmark if you’re lucky."

Awards

PC Gamer awarded the game 'Sim of the Year 2012' in its end-of-year awards. Rock, Paper, Shotgun listed Euro Truck Simulator 2 ninth on their list of "The 25 Best Simulation Games Ever Made".

See also

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