Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Timmy
We are proud to announce our partnership with the European Truck Racing Association (ETRA). ETRA has been the promoter of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship (FIA ETRC) since 2016. They have been very kind to approach SCS Software with the opportunity to show our games to the visitors of ETRC racing weekends.



Here is the plan - SCS Software will be a part of the show at several upcoming championship races in 2017, and possibly beyond!

The very first event coming up is the third round of races, held in Germany at Nürburgring, July 1 - 2, 2017.

And we are really pressed for time...

You see, we have been thinking about building some sort of demonstration platform for our games for quite a while already; something that we could deploy to the various games industry shows, as well as transportation industry events, something that would make a lasting impression on visitors. The impulse from ETRA was the final inspiration to turn the vague plans into reality. The final go-ahead was given only a couple of months ago, and we started designing and working immediately under a crazy tight deadline.



We are building something really special. The ETRC race series visitors will be the first to see it, but there are several more gaming and trucking shows in our calendar. Our team of specialists has been working on a unique exhibition platform. Its basis is a forty feet long cargo container, which is being refurbished with a custom-made interior. Our visitors will be able to experience a ride in Euro Truck Simulator 2 on an advanced 4DOF motion-sim platform with a three-display setup. We are packing in not just one of those high-tech simulators but two! We are still hard at work actually, far from finished. The special trailer will arrive at the first event still smelling of fresh paint!



SCS Software's On the Road Team is looking forward to the European Truck Racing Championship events, and we are excited to invite the fans of our games to meet us there in person. Oh, and you may happen to see a bunch of really cool racing trucks up close!
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Timmy
Simulation of suspension and weight distribution

For well over a year, our programmers and testers have been spending a huge amount of time and effort with the goal of bringing more interesting cargo and trailer combinations into our games, adding proper support for one of the most requested features: doubles, heavy cargo, advanced and multi-joint trailers.
You may wonder why this feature, in particular, should be so difficult and demanding to pull off. After all, we had reasonably working road trains in one of our earlier sims in the 18 Wheels of Steel series games. But the fidelity and accompanying complexity of our physics simulation has increased by an order of magnitude since then. Making sure all things are in balance and in sync is getting more complex as well. Efficient physics of the trailer where many wheels are touching the road is proving to be a tough task; we had to iterate a lot, especially with cargo weight distribution and accompanied suspension loads.



Over its lifetime, a trailer will carry thousands and thousands of tons of cargo, ideally while operating with as little maintenance as possible. To withstand the harsh demands, and to deliver the load to its destination safely, it is crucial to observe the weight of the cargo. If you overload a trailer, or if you do not balance the weight right, it may cause damage to the trailer, its suspension or wheels, it may damage the road, and most importantly, it will make it unsafe to operate. With the never-ceasing demand to transport more and heavier cargo, the transportation industry has adopted new solutions to overcome the technical and legal limitations, in most cases centering around adding more length and axles to the tractor and semi-trailer.
It is not just about the number of axles though, it is about where they are and how trailer as a whole behaves while under load. There are considerable differences between North America and Europe.

In Europe, the legislative push is to limit the overall length of the truck and trailer combo, while making sure the total weight is distributed such that no wheel is pressing on the road surface too hard. Ultimately, this has lead to adding axles to the rear of the tractor as well as adding them generously under the relatively limited-length trailer. As engineers realized that putting more wheels next to each other causes problems with tyre scrub (due to high lateral friction, a paper about the topic here, chapter 2.1.3), a creative solution was adopted, making the wheels follow the turn or even steerable.



On the other hand, in the USA, the regulation is a bit more flexible about total truck length. There are still tough restrictions regarding weight on each axle, but there is also legislation in place making sure that the weight is not concentrated over a short length, pushing to increase the distances between the axles. The engineers, in turn, made the trailers longer to spread the weight in such way that it will comply with Federal Bridge Formula (source). To lessen tyre wear and to make it possible to make turns in reasonable fashion, trailers with multiple pivot points were adopted.



The primary duty of suspension is keeping the wheel on the road. It is effectively pushing the wheel into the ground to make sure that friction caused by wheels is sufficient to either brake or to corner. It is also in place to absorb the energy of impacts from road bumps, potholes, uneven roads or unexpected shifts of weight caused by side wind. The suspension system has to be incredibly durable, each axle has its own suspension system which takes care of the load on each wheel separately, working as a dynamic system absorbing energy from the environment. There are several types of suspensions used in cargo transportation, but this may deserve a future topic of its own.
Brakes are arguably the most critical part of a vehicle. Either from standpoint of safety of others on road, or safety of the cargo, we all want them to work as intended. With multiple axles on the vehicle, each axle has to have its own brake system.

By far the most complicated problem we encountered was the distribution of weight along the multiple axles and pivots of new trailers. We had to rework weight distribution algorithms in order to make it work for new trailers and to make sure that old ones wouldn't be negatively affected. Our constant battle with the numerical stability of the suspension simulation code is far from over.
During testing and tuning, we encountered many issues, some quite hilarious, especially when we had to (re)learn backing and reversed steering. We had a lot of fun debugging it. In general sense, it was all about making the behavior of the trailer appear to work correctly with the player's input. That proved to be the largest challenge for us, especially with steerable trailers for ETS2. We definitely enjoyed working on them immensely. In the end, our determination, grit, and dedication prevailed, and it was a very proud moment for us to share our experience and the final product of our tireless effort with all of you!

Related articles:

https://steamcommunity.com/games/227300/announcements/detail/2362546845450439701

https://steamcommunity.com/games/americantrucksimulator/announcements/detail/1336854469196981783
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Timmy
We're still receiving really great pictures of gaming setups and places from our fellow truck simmers and we'd like to share another batch of these photos with the rest of our fanbase. It's so motivating to see that our work can inspire some of the players to spend considerable time and effort to build so elaborate setups for virtual trucking!

If you've missed the previous sets of gaming rig pictures, you can check them at the links under this article. And if you'd like to share your awesome place where you're hauling digital cargo, please send us your photos to inboxes at any of our official facebook profiles: Euro Truck Simulator 2, American Truck Simulator or SCS Software.

Here come the pictures:
















Thank you, our fellow truckers! And until next time - take care and have a great time!

Related articles: Community's Driver Seats, Community's Driver Seats #2
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Timmy
At SCS Software, we always have several internal projects under way, big and small, in various stages of completion - from pure concept research, to pre-production, to full-blown production. We try to keep things mostly under wraps until we gain enough confidence that a project is viable. It is always a great pleasure to finally make the announcement when we are ready to release something new!

Today, we are proud to bring you a new DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2 - the Heavy Cargo Pack is here!

Along with this new pack, there is a lot of content which will be added into the base game as a FREE update for everyone. But first, let's check out the new content in the DLC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsTXfykuKLo

New Cargoes





Prepare yourself for 8 new heavy haul cargoes:
  • Asphalt Miller
  • Industrial Cable Reel
  • Concrete Beams
  • Crawl Dozer
  • Locomotive
  • Metal Centering
  • Mobile Crane
  • Transformer

New Trailers



The new DLC contains a pair of new high-tech trailers: Single Extendable Flatbed and Semi Lowloader with Drop Deck. These trailers come with steerable axles for safer navigation around tight bends.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/531131

The good news today don't just stop here. We are also adding a lot of free content and a new feature into the base game!

New Truck Chassis Variants and Tuning



While working on the new heavy cargoes, we were inspired to take a look into special transport variants of truck tractors. The fan community has long been asking for 8x4 chassis options, and this is a great opportunity to finally introduce them into the game. We don't have 8x4 chassis option available for all the trucks in the game at this moment, but we hope that you will be happy to find it available for Mercedes-Benz New Actros, Volvo FH 2012, and both Scania R and Streamline trucks.

The new chassis variants are a free part of today's game update, so you can try them out immediately even without buying the Heavy Cargo Pack DLC. For each new vehicle variant, we have also created a set of new paint jobs too, to make you feel real unique and anxious for the more difficult challenges. In addition, we have added several new truck tuning accessories into the game, such as wheel tuning parts.

Truck Analysis Screen

With the new heavy loads, you may find out that not all trucks are equally suitable for hauling them. There are technical as well as legal limitations and implications for transporting heavy cargo in the real wold, and while Euro Truck Simulator 2 is only a game, we felt that the players should be aware of them. All manufacturers offer a wide range of options for the trucks, and the companies that buy them try their best to optimize the configuration to best suit their needs, while making the purchase economical - both at the time of purchase and even more importantly while operating them.




The new Truck Analysis screen is our attempt to indicate the suitability of a particular truck configuration for various operational scenarios and conditions. This new feature works in the upgrade shop too, where it may help you configure your truck to best fit your goals and budget.



The Truck Analysis screen doesn't impose any restrictions on your choice of vehicle, it is only there as a guide. But we think it may be a good idea to pay attention to the advice. You may make the screen disappear with a single click, but half an hour later, you may find yourself in real trouble trying to pass a difficult spot in the world, and upset that you have not made a wiser choice of the truck to pull the heavy cargo.

Well, do you have what it takes to answer the call of heavy duty? We bet you do!

Related announcements:

https://steamcommunity.com/games/americantrucksimulator/announcements/detail/1301947220322658068

https://steamcommunity.com/games/227300/announcements/detail/468780659734692531
Euro Truck Simulator 2

I'll readily admit to not being heavily invested in Euro Truck Simulator 2, and nor have I ever been active in its fan community. But reading between the lines of SCS Software's latest blogpost, it seems that double-trailer trucks have been a long requested feature in the series. And it's not hard to understand why: not only would it be very cool to drive a truck with two trailers, but it would no doubt add a new layer of realism to the roadtrip simulator.

So it's nice that, after a seemingly long period spent nutting out the finer details of the addition, SCS Software is almost ready to implement it. "After quite some years of internal discussions and frankly some frustrations and struggles to have the gameplay as well as technical side of multi-trailer physics support ironed out, we finally feel ready to reveal fresh info about our progress on doubles," the studio writes.

The addition of double trailers will come as part of a forthcoming update to both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. The studio expects the update to roll out "in early summer" (early winter in Australia), and it'll also usher in some new physics improvements.

Here are some more screenshots of the double-trailers in action:

May 5
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Timmy
Today we have an announcement that should make many of our fans happy. After quite some years of internal discussions and frankly some frustrations and struggles to have the gameplay as well as technical side of multi-trailer physics support ironed out, we finally feel ready to reveal fresh info about our progress on doubles.

It has taken us a long time, but hope never dies! We are polishing double trailers for inclusion in the next major updates for Euro Truck Simulator 2 as well as for American Truck Simulator. We have a few pictures for you to prove that we are serious...





Our games' fans have patiently (or not so patiently) waited for double trailers for a long time, and the wait should not be that long any more. The new trailers and physics improvements will be a part of the next big "point release" update of both games. Our hope is to release the updates in early summer. It's going to be a FREE update.

Meanwhile, we are also wrapping up work on Heavy Cargo packs both for ETS2 and for ATS, which are going to be paid DLCs, comparable to our existing High Power Cargo Pack DLC. So if you are into cargo transport in particular, there is a ton of cool stuff to look forward to!
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Timmy
Our work on the announced models of SCANIA Next Generation trucks for Euro Truck Simulator 2 continues successfully. We're excited about reaching an internal milestone and want to share a couple of screenshots with you.

Despite some resistance from the vehicle department (they prefer to show off their creations when they are fully complete), we were able to get fresh Scania S 4x2 High Cab shots. This model is in a development phase when it can already be presented in the game environment to review and assess the implementation of its characteristic features. First look at the details of the cab interior is also possible now. Keep in mind that the presented model is incomplete and subject to further tweaks.

Both Scania S and R models are under development in parallel. There is still a ton of work left and many details to polish before we reach the finish line, but as you can see, we are giving them a lot of care!









Related announcements:

https://steamcommunity.com/games/227300/announcements/detail/483410926969539007
https://steamcommunity.com/games/227300/announcements/detail/483414726873187304
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Timmy
We have been spending considerable time during the recent year fine-tuning truck & trailer physics and improving power train simulation. We feel more and more confident now that we'll be soon ready to share the results of this development with you.

We are preparing new content and gameplay features for both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. As a first, we plan to bring you a pack of new Heavy Cargo sitting on all-new trailers for ETS2. The driving experience with 50+ tons in tow is very different, so much in fact that it may tempt us to pack in new powerful chassis configurations for some of the trucks!



Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Timmy the Duck Thief
The wait for the final version of the 1.27 update for Euro Truck Simulator 2 and 1.6 update for American Truck Simulator is over! We want to thank all of you who contributed to our open beta test with bug reports, feedback, and suggestions. Updates for both games are available via Steam now.

MAIN FEATURES
  • Country Specific Police Cars AI
    This update brings a new element which synchronizes the game with ATS - cop cars in traffic. Police cars have a unique look for each country.



  • Trailer Liftable Axles
  • Differential Lock
  • Adaptive transmission modes (power, normal, eco)
  • Improved engine simulation model (friction, braking, consumption)
MINOR CHANGES
  • Volvo with Allison gearbox can shift up over 4 gears.
  • Air pressure simulation improved (pressure buildup, cut-off sound, application pressure).
  • Coin sound tweaked.
  • FOV range increased to 40-120 degrees in adjuster.
  • Engine brakes set to 3 positions (as most current trucks have). One-key-hold control will use full strength still.
  • If engine brake toggle input is not assigned, increase/decrease engine brake inputs work similar to retarder (in range from 0 to maximum).
  • Multiple fueling points on gas stations.
  • g_force_economy_reset flag is disabled after economy reset.
  • Transmission input shaft simulation (double clutch).
MODDING INFO
  • Single "overrides" (forced default) rule can be used instead of defaults-suitable rule pair across linked accessories.
  • All pressure units set consistently to bars (data, animation, dashboard UI).
  • Nominal air_tank_pressure value added to chassis data.
  • Changed interior animations: all air, oil and brake pressure (gauges, indicators).
  • New interior animation: trailer axle lift (indicator), differential lock (button, indicator).
  • New engine data: resistance_torque (measured at 2000rpm).
  • Coin sound made moddable in the same way as other sounds (through ogg file).

To get the best advice about modding either game check our modding wiki.

WORLD OF TRUCKS
  • Connecting DLC's owned by the player to his World of Truck account to make the content available for all World of Trucks features.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Timmy the Duck Thief
Today is a special day for our games' fans with Irish descent. Occasionally, we update older content in our games, and we decided to revisit the Irish Paint Jobs Pack for Euro Truck Simulator 2. We have added a few cabin decorations to the DLC, hoping that this free little gift for all owners of the paintjob set may make their March 17 a tiny bit better.



Your game installation on Steam will be updated with the new cabin toys automatically if you have the DLC already. If you tend to wear green on this day and still don't have the DLC, you may appreciate that it is now available on Steam Store at reduced price.



http://store.steampowered.com/app/297792/
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