We are proud to bring you the final major release of 2017 - Special Transport DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2 is now available for everyone on Steam Store!
Important: If you are a long-term fan with a larger portfolio of ETS2 expansions but little patience to read the following wall of text, make sure to check out this Cargo Bundle link first!
It has been a very busy year for SCS Software, a year of major studio growth, and also a year with the record amount of content releases in our plans. We were planning to space out the releases through the autumn, but you know us, we don't release stuff until it's done. So we kept coming back to tweak, test, polish, re-test - rinse and repeat - until we are finally satisfied with the quality. We ended up with several releases all lined up for the final weeks of the year, we apologize for the avalanche.
This expansion is quite special for us and not only for its name. It's not just about a bunch of new highly detailed 3D models - as the regulations of oversize transports are very specific, we had to develop a ton of new AI code and created a sort of a game inside a game.
These jobs just don't allow you the same degree of freedom to roam the continent as standard deliveries, quite the contrary, you have to adhere to very strict instructions, keep your hand steady on the steering wheel and your eyes on every centimeter of the road. We have spent over a year coding and scripting the functionality and the first batch of Special Transport jobs for the release, but it's only a start, we are committed to bringing you a wider variety of routes in the future.
Your route will be secured by two escort vehicles guiding you through the transport job from its start to the place of delivery. It's not going to be a piece of cake, but if you obey the escort vehicles' advice and deliver the cargo in pristine condition, you can consider yourself a real pro, a true veteran behind the wheel who can deliver even the most enormous cargoes.
Let's take a look what the Special Transport DLC for ETS2 offers:
We hope that you still have some free time left in your Christmas 2017 Calendar because these enormous cargoes will require some truly dedicated drivers to deliver them safely!
Back in August, Euro Truck Simulator 2 developer SCS Software revealed its next slice of inter-continental DLC was heading for Italy. Now, it's got a new trailer and a launch date: December 5, 2017.
That's next week, but first let's look at those new moving pictures:
Before now, ETS2 players have been able to cruise around certain parts of northern Italy, however the incoming expansion opens up the rest of the picturesque Lo Stivale. That can be seen above, however SCS notes that it plans to apply "cosmetic touches" between now and next week's release.
In doing so, the developer hopes to capture Italy's "rich history, modern industry, traditional architecture, and diverse natural environments" across 11,500 kilometres of new in-game roads. New cities—of which there are 19 in total—include Rome, Napoli and Palermo, and tourists can expect to happen upon familiar landmarks along the way.
"The geography and shape of Italy have led to a comparatively high concentration of cities in the Italia map expansion," so reads the game's Steam page blurb. "Local industries contain, among others, famous places like Carrara marble quarries and Europe‘s largest Steelworks in Taranto."
Euro Truck Simulator 2's Italia map expansion is due December 5, and will cost $17.99/£13.49.
Paving the way for next week's major map expansion release, here we are with the official Update 1.30 for Euro Truck Simulator 2. We would like to thank everyone for their participation in the Open Beta, your support was awesome as always!
The game should update automatically through Steam. If you have switched to a beta branch, don't forget to opt out now! On the other hand, if you are concerned with mod compatibility and need to stay on the older version of the game for a time, there are still branches available on Steam giving you access to previous game versions. Update for non-Steam legacy edition of the game and VR-compatible beta build of the game may take a few additional days to get ready.
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