Continuing its support for Euro Truck Simulator 2 and driving on towards some expansive and optimistic goals for its projects, SCS Software has created a new Web portal, World of Trucks, following on from last month’s European Going East! expansion and adding new features to ETS2 alongside some detail and stability changes.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 reached Version 1.6.1 this past week and along with a useful in-game ‘Online News’ window, the additions look like this:
- Photo Studio – includes Photo-mode and Screenshot Manager allowing upload of your best screenshots to World of Trucks
- Online profiles – ability to connect your profile to your World of Trucks account
- New Iveco Stralis Hi-Way sounds recorded from actual truck
- Individual air-horn sounds
- Realistic fuel consumption option
- Adaptive automatic transmission option
- Shorter jobs generation probability increased
- Licence plate changes fixed
- Fixed crash when a truck uses add-ons from removed mods
- Increased length of input in UI related to World of Trucks accounts
Steam will apply the update automatically and various download options are listed on ETS2’s Update page for users of disc-based or SCS-bought versions.
A world… of trucks
World of Trucks is now an ‘official’ central repository for all things trucks from SCS and in an almost voguish way, it’s currently considered v0.01 Alpha!
From video trailers to news updates and community-created content, it will all be recorded here. The new features of the latest 1.6.1 build are all about bringing people together and it’s off to a fantastic start with a photo mode that is almost now a standard back-of-box feature and has been extremely popular for other game series (most visibly in Forza and Gran Turismo).
Here’s how SCS Software sees it:
To begin with – World of Trucks is not a whole new game. Well not now anyway. Think about it as an evolution of Euro Truck Simulator 2, an extra optional service complementing the game and building on top of the game.
As game and site development continues, World of Trucks will become a base layer for some downloadable content (DLC) and features (as the photo mode is now). SCS’s intention is to tightly integrate their future products with the site, the expectation and plan being that the portal will gather increasing importance in the SCS/Trucks universe. WoT will mean new ways of working for SCS staff and project management, potentially making the process and stage of development more visible to fans. Given a long line of regular demands for news, game updates or new content, such involvement could be a positive addition if SCS can be open and keep World of Trucks refreshed.
To join World of Trucks and start using the external ETS2 features, use your Euro Truck Simulator 2 key or go via the in-game Steam link to register at the Web site. That done, you will be able to use the first round of features described by SCS:
Custom licence plates
Using a selection of templates from countries featured in ETS2, you are now able to design your own licence plate. After setting it up on the Web site, the new plate will automatically appear on your truck in the game.
You can upload custom images for in-game avatar. The avatar image will also be your representative on the World of Trucks portal.
A tool is available for creating improved game screenshots. Along with variable DOF and FOV, the camera can be moved around in the vicinity of the truck. Usefully, there’s also a management screen to arrange the image collection.
Publish the best shots using Screenshot Manager on your WoT profile
Would you like to share your truck design with others or do you want to share a particularly interesting route? Now you can! Publish up to six pictures via the built-in Screenshot Manager and share them through your Profile screen.
5. User gallery
The spot where your shots are visible. Other drivers can share and rate the images. Already hosting some fine ‘glamour’ shots, the World of Trucks gallery is accessible for unregistered users as well.
For Truck games and portal features, there is much more to come! If even some of the team’s near and long-term plans come to fruition, there will be an extended and bounteous future for SCS and those of us already captured by ETS2 alike.