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FS22 Platinum Expansion is coming soon

[Edit Nov. 25: There is now a more in-depth review page available.]

It has been a year since Farming Simulator 22 premiered and following Giants Software’s traditional release pattern it is now time for the Platinum expansion to arrive. The exact date is set to November 15 and as usual it will arrive both as the complete Farming Simulator 22 Platinum Edition for new users and as an expansion DLC for us who already have the base game.

The Platinum expansion this time has a main focus on forestry and comes with new things to do in-game as well as with new things to use for doing it. It also comes with a new map – Silverrun Forest – which of course will be ideal for testing out the new machinery and methods.

Since it is about forestry the handling of trees have got an overhaul with new tree species, new planting and harvesting methods, and new ways to transport the timber from the forest with the help of winches, loaders and containers.

Tree time.

One of the new things in FS22 – production chains – is developed further by adding new ones (I have counted to eight new factories) and the brand new construction projects. By growing and selling your trees you can help in the construction of big projects such as a rollercoaster (and yes, you will apparently be able to ride it when complete), or making sailing boats at the local wharf.

Whee!

There will naturally also be new brands showing up in the game. The most well-known probably being Volvo. The Platinum Expansion provides no less than twelve machines from the Swedish brand – from the oldtimer Volvo BM 2654 tractor to the state-of-the-art Volvo FH16 truck and a Volvo L200H wheel loader. There will also be new content from such brands as John Deere, Schwarzmüller, and Komatsu – just to mention a few. A more complete list is to be found at Giants own site.

Big and beautiful.

The Platinum Expansion and Platinum Edition (base game + expansion) will release on November 15th for PC, Mac, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The official Platinum Expansion trailer shown at Gamescom.

Milk. Lovely milk

It took a while but by now the milk production at the Atcham farm is in full swing. Which is good because that means that now we can actually start to get some money in for a change.

The MAN milk transport is a mod made by D-S-Agrarservice [Kastor, Floowy, Steven aka W7K] and is available in the official modhub.

Of course since the cows now produce more milk they also needs more feed. So a not insignificant amount of the autumn day had to be spent mowing grass. Both on our own fields and doing contract work for others. This evening job is a contract job, which has the benefit of me having the opportunity to play with some more powerful machines for a change. A heavy duty Case is not within my own budget for sure.

Texas DLC for American Truck Simulator

November 15th is the date for the release of American Truck Simulator’s largest map DLC this far. The state in question is of course the big state of Texas and with this addition to the map it will for the first time be possible to drive from coast to coast – if we count the shore of the Gulf of Mexico as that, that is.

But the fact remains, this is a big DLC. Like everything in Texas.

Happy Hauloween

Hauloween – SCS Software’s latest World of Trucks event – is in full swing and as usual those little trinkets one can get pulled me in. So let’s have some nice photos from the latest Corsica trip.

The benefit of a nighttime start is that you get to experience the first sunrays rise over the Mediterranian while transporting whatever is in the spooky trailer.

Yum. Borat’s pizza…
I must admit this is an interesting delivery place. Why a slipway? Am I hauling Halloween things that are supposed to be put to sea? Does the delivery papers say “Customer: Davy Jones” or something?

Farming Simulator 22 patch 1.8.1 is live

It is getting close to the next big DLC update for Farming Simulator 22, which means it is also time for a new patch for the game.

This time the patch is almost entirely about “under the hood” stuff, but hey, that’s important too. So without further ado, here’s the changelog:

Bugfixes & Changes

  • Performance improvements
  • Improved AI “Drive To” behavior
  • Various crash fixes
  • Fixed large save games on Xbox
  • Fixed Fanatec wheels support on PS5
  • Improved fadeout of 3D sounds
  • Fixed animation of crane joysticks in cabin while not using easy arm control
  • Fixed issues with mounting heavy vehicles via tension belts
  • Fixed train slightly moving with automatic motor start turned off
  • Fixed farm.xml file sizes on public dedi servers
  • Fixed issues with AI driving into water
  • Fixed unloading arm control on sugar beet harvesters
  • Fixed dashboard display on MF 3707 AL
  • Fixed AI turning with Einböck PNEUMATICSTAR-PRO
  • Fixed Valtra A115 HI-TECH 4 config price
  • Improved transmission setup on Landini REX 4
  • Improved MAN TGX 26.640 stability
  • Fixed indoor camera rotation on Schäffer 23E
  • Fixed connection hoses and schema overlay on JCB 541-70
  • Fixed hydraulic hoses of Krampe SKS backdoor
  • Various visual fixes on Valtra A/N/Q/T Series
  • Improved ingame help text

New additions

  • Added Intel XeSS support
  • Added option to define variable lengths for wood harvester cutting and option to toggle between them in both directions
  • Added option to toggle between automatic and manual cutting for wood harvesters
  • Max. tree cut diameter is now shown in the shop for wood harvesters
  • Added header tilt feature for wood harvesters
  • Added farmland ID to map overview
  • Tree sapling type on pallets is now shown in the info box
  • Added placeable position and rotation snapping in construction mode

Modding

  • Added #class attribute to specify unload trigger class for unloading station
  • Added #class attribute to specify load trigger class for loading station 
  • Added map and modDesc helpline support 
  • Added option for filltype spawnplaces
  • Added object change support for single tension belts
  • Added timeHours and timeMinutes dashboard type in enterable to create analog clocks

New Additions

  • New fertilizer and herbicide from HELM

Autumn in Atcham

Farm work is still going strong in the just outside Atcham (or Attingham). So let’s do a picture post.

Autumn means harvest time and this autumn I had the luck to find a used John Deere that’s well-suited for the job. And when my own field was done it was time to be a helping hand at my neighbour’s harvest work as well…

…before it’s back to my own areals again in order to spread slurry. And yes, this is a very good example on that equipment doesn’t have to be from the same brand (or the same DLC) in order to work together. The Dupont tank turned out to work very well together with the Schouten spreader.

Pumps n’ Hoses for FS22 is now available

Creative Mesh – the former modders turned official third-party DLC-makers for Farming Simulator – are the makers of the new Pumps n’ Hoses DLC for Farming Simulator 22.

This DLC is focused on the use of liquid fertilizers in the farming and biggest new thing is the possibility to use umbilical hoses. That is hose systems that attach to tractor equipment and the feeds slurry into the spreader while the tractor is running.

In comparison with earlier DLCs, this is numerically the largest yet. With 16 pieces of equipment and on top of that also a number of new placeables, most being used for fertilizer and biogas production.

As usual, you can read more about it on its review page.

In the English countryside

This is nothing remarkable, just the usual everyday going on in the English countryside. More exactly in Attingham Park outside Shrewsbury where we recently acquired a farm. So it’s time to plow the already harvested field and to harvest the one we got while still growing.

The previous owner could have been a bit better at taking care of his fields though. Or maybe he knew he was going to sell. This is not going to be the best of yields.

Yes, the best that could be said about this field is that it sure hasn’t been subjected to any chemicals.

Starting a farm is always more expenses than income for a while. The autumn being a mix of doing the necessary field work as well as investing in some animals and equipment. Luckily there was at least one harvest that could be sold when winter arrived.

English winter do can bring snow it seems.

Attingham Park is a map mod made by GBModding. The Ford tractor is a mod by johndeere2450 and Mattxjs, and the New Holland combine is made by Tired Iron Modding and is available here.

Free Valtras

It’s update time for Farming Simulator 22 again and with that comes some new free content as well.

This time it’s a number of new tractors from the Finnish Valtra brand of which the most novel novelty is the brand new Valtra Q series. But in addition there’s also new added tractors in the A, N and T series.

Since it is an update patch – 1.7.1 to be exact – there’s of course also the usual slew of changes in addition to the new Valtras.

Changes & Improvements

  • Improved quality with FidelityFX Super Resolution 2
  • PS4 only: Fixed support for Logitech wheels
  • Fixed display of driving direction while manual shifting is enabled
  • Visual fixes for CLAAS XERION  5000 
  • Visual fixes for CLAAS AXION 800
  • Visual fixes for CLAAS LINER 4900 BUSINESS
  • Visual fixes for Vervaet HydroTrike
  • Visual fixes for MAN TGS and TGS trucks
  • Fixed schema for MAN TGX 26.640
  • Updated Valtra brand logo