American Truck Simulator - Timmy the Duck Thief
The holiday season is a time of rest for most people, but for the logistics industry, it is the busiest time of the year. The International Gift Delivery event on World of Trucks saw the community unite to bring much needed assistance to the North Pole and deliver gifts on both sides of Atlantic.



A large number of our fans took up the challenge and dedicated their time over the festive period to delivering Christmas cargoes. In the first 48 hours, you had delivered over 250,000 cargoes! People actually noticed quickly that with each 250K milestone, a new hanging tree accessory was granted to players who had reached their personal contributions, which provided another boost to motivation. It's no wonder that you were quick to reach the 1 million cargoes delivered community goal, and went even further. The rate of deliveries completed even had Santa in North Pole shocked! Thank you to every single driver who contributed to the event, and to those who really went the extra mile. It really brings a huge smile to the faces of the SCS team to see how much you enjoy these events.

Here are some interesting stats. By the way - the distance of in-game kilometers/miles driven as part of the event could get you from Mars to Sun and back! Pretty impressive, right? ːplanetː

American Truck Simulator - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

It looks like the next American Truck Simulator expansion will go even deeper into the lands I long for, into the trees and mountains of Washington state. WA! Land of Twin Peaks. WA! Birthplace of riot grrrl. WA! Home of Frasier Crane. WA! Where Valve are. WA! With that nice Twitter account saying if Mount Rainier is visible from Seattle. WA! Where rain is good. SCS Software haven’t formally confirmed Washington is the next state coming to their haul ’em up as DLC, but from the teasing screenshots they shared today it sure looks like it. WA! We may lose Alec to the woods around Snoqualmie Falls.

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Jan 15
American Truck Simulator - Timmy the Duck Thief
A New Year brings new release plans, and we believe it's time to start talking about what we're preparing for you in 2019!

We are making solid progress in learning to manage multiple projects in various stages of completion, which is very important for the future of American Truck Simulator. We usually begin talking about a new expansion when we feel that we can show enough of finished content on a regular basis to keep you updated on the work progress.

That perfect time for announcing the name of a new map expansion for American Truck Simulator could be right now... but first of all, a bit of teasing. It would be too simple to reveal our newest map DLC straight away, and we know how much you love guessing!

So for now, we have prepared a photo gallery of original images from an upcoming map expansion you can look forward to playing this year. Here's an appetizer, bon appétit!

American Truck Simulator - Timmy the Duck Thief
Dashing through the snow
In a one-truck open sleigh
Through all gifts we go
And give 'em all away
We have some free codes
And some subtle hints
So come and join us in our stream
On Twitch or on Steam!

American Truck Simulator - Timmy the Duck Thief
We are really proud that Euro Truck Simulator 2 has been nominated for this year's Steam Awards. We still remember the total surprise when the game was nominated in two categories back in 2016, and the even larger shock when it won the two awards. The competition is always massive, there are so many new great games appearing every year, and so many oldies but goldies still on people's minds. Fortunately, it's obviously also the case with ETS2, and it's truly great to see it nominated for the "Most Fun with a Machine" Award.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our fans, the nomination is a true sign of the power of the fan community!

Now that the voting starts, we'll once again rely on your kind support. There are five really strong contenders in the category, but we can dream big. ːrlroadhogː A somewhat funny aspect of it is that three of the games nominated for the "Most Fun with a Machine" Award have been developed in our home city - Prague, Czech Republic. Looks like there are a lot of geeks living here obsessed with developing games related to cool machines! :)



Anyway, the nominations are a great start, but we are far from finished. To stand a chance, we need you to vote again. We ask all truckers, drivers, and sim enthusiasts: Vote for ETS2, together we can do it!

The voting opens December 20th, and closes January 3rd. The winners will be announced in February 2019.

ETS2 is the proud holder of two Steam Awards 2016. Can we earn a third trophy?



Stream

We're also currently streaming, watch the stream on the developer page or on Twitch.
Dec 20, 2018
American Truck Simulator - Timmy the Duck Thief
Join us on the Steam developer page or on Twitch - we're talking about the World of Trucks event, about Steam Awards (vote for us in the Most fun with a machine award here), and more.

Also, Steam sale is live, so check out our Steam developer page for discounts across our catalog!

American Truck Simulator - Timmy the Duck Thief
It's that time of year again where we sit down and write down lists of presents to send to Santa. Thanks to modern technology at the North Pole, creating gifts and sending them anywhere in the world is easier than ever for Santa's team!



So it is no surprise that the demand for international gift shipping is higher than ever before. With the Christmas season fast approaching, logistic companies across Europe and the US are under pressure to take on extra drivers to deliver expected gifts internationally and on-time to those eagerly awaiting them.

Logistic companies across both continents are putting out the call to all drivers to aid in this huge effort to ship large amounts of holiday gifts across the USA and Europe, and to help sweeten the deal, offer bonus incentives for drivers who complete at least 12 deliveries to and from the major shipping hubs on both sides of Europe and America!

It won't be an easy task, but if we work together along with some much-needed festive treats, songs and truck decorations, we can all help in bringing some much-needed aid to help deliver Christmas on time!

International Gift Delivery - Rules:

For personal contribution, using External Contracts, complete at least 12 deliveries of Christmas cargo in either Euro Truck Simulator 2 or American Truck Simulator. Personal progress is counted in each game separately.

Any job with the following cargo counts towards event completion:
  • Christmas Candy Canes
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Christmas Candles
  • Christmas Wooden Gifts
  • Christmas Crackers
  • Christmas Chocolates
  • Christmas Socks
  • Christmas Tree Lights
  • Christmas Traditional Cookies
  • Christmas Decorations

This is also a transcontinental community event. A combined community effort within Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. Aim for 1,000,000 deliveries to earn a special reward!

You can view community progress here.

Rewards:

For your personal contribution, you will receive:

Euro Truck Simulator 2:
  • World of Trucks exclusive achievement
  • An exclusive paint job combo for your truck & trailer - "Starlight Burst"
American Truck Simulator:
  • World of Trucks exclusive achievement
  • An exclusive paint job combo for your truck & trailer - "Edge Tracer"
When the community goal is accomplished everyone will receive:

Bonus: If you manage to complete your personal contribution in both games (12 ETS2 + 12 ATS  deliveries), you'll receive a neat, cute and special interior decoration reward to both games.

Note: In order to qualify for the community reward, you must complete at least your personal contribution in either of the games. All in-game rewards are tradable and marketable Steam Inventory items.

The event will be concluded on January 13th, 23:59 UTC.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

For some American or Euro Truck Simulatorettes, as I’ve decided we pretend long-distance haulage fans should call ourselves, news of a new type of vehicle or trailer is reason to celebrate. For me, the most excited I’ve ever been about American Truck Sim patch notes is the declaration that they’ve just made rain better.

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American Truck Simulator - Timmy the Duck Thief
We are happy to release American Truck Simulator Update 1.33 out of open beta! Thanks to everyone who helped us verify the stability of the new features. We kept testing the ATS update a bit longer to make sure that there were no surprises with the new detours feature, and fortunately it looks like the reactions to it are all positive. We'll keep tweaking the feature in upcoming updates, and of course we owe it also to players of Euro Truck Simulator 2 - once we create the relevant new graphics content depicting the blocked roads.



As both our flagship sims are running on the same codebase, American Truck's update benefited from the extended Experimental and Open Beta programs we have tried ahead of Euro Truck 2's new update. We are very likely to repeat the process again for most of the upcoming updates.

Even when we are not currently in open beta, we'd like to invite you to provide your feedback, input, wishes, and critique on our forums. We keep monitoring the message boards pretty much every day. The old school forums often work better for a discussion thread taking place across several days or weeks, compared to the typical quick fire and forget exchanges on newer generation social media.

Features are described in depth in the open beta announcement:
https://steamcommunity.com/games/americantrucksimulator/announcements/detail/1714079132251894910
Enjoy all the new additions and happy trucking. By the way, which changelog video do you like more?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcLccszlsA4
To enjoy the 1.33 update, make sure to OPT OUT of beta branches and your game will be updated automatically on Steam.

Changelog
  • Buyable turnpike double trailers (Nevada only)
  • Detours
  • Added OR-140 road
  • Steam cloud based profiles
  • Reusable truck and trailer configuration templates
  • Physics improvements (suspension, damping, braking, cogs)
  • Rain drops behavior on glass improved
  • Music shuffling
  • Country/state name localization settings
  • g_disable_beacons (0/1/2) - for people that have issues with blinking lights
  • Various customization options
Mod alert

Due to the number of changes, most mods will need some work to catch up!
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Tomorrow, Euro Truck Simulator 2 comes (tragically) the closest it is ever likely to come to Eurovision Truck Simulator – with a wink and a smile, giving up on the idea that ‘Euro’ is any particular barrier to entry. I look forward to the surely forthcoming ETS2: Australia DLC. But for now, we get Beyond The Baltic Sea. Newbie ETS2 nations Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are all EU member states, so fair dinkum there, mate – but not so much Russia, some of the more Westerly reaches of which are now also accessible on 18 wheels.

It’s SCS’s wonderful Truck Simulator series boldly embracing a whole new geopolitical region – and quite likely laying the groundwork for years of ongoing expansion, a la its splendid cousin American Truck Sim, rather than our getting a separate Putin Truck Simulator at some point. Question is, how different does St Petersburg feel from Swansea and Stockholm?

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