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Future Map DLCs for ATS

SCS Software has now publicly announced both of their ongoing map projects for American Truck Simulator.

Already earlier they had announced that now when the big Texas map DLC has been successfully launched, it is time for neighbouring Oklahoma. And maybe not all that surprising the state coming thereafter will be Kansas.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

ATS and ETS2 1.45 updates are out

As is usual before the launch of a new DLC map (and sometimes in between such occurences too), American Truck Simulator has got an update to version 1.45. And to illustrate the “and sometimes in between” statement I just made, the similar 1.45 update for Euro Truck Simulator 2 is now also out.

For both games the news are ownable tank trailers, rain sensors that automatically may turn your windshield wipers on and adjust their speed as the sensors registers rain, some changes in how mods are handled in multiplayer convoy sessions, a setting that allow for hiding the out of bounds X’es on the roads

For American Truck Simulator the US-14 road and the accompanying town of Cody, Wyoming, have been added for those of you who own the Wyoming map DLC. There has also been a rebranding of many gas stations and truck stops all over the map – although probably most noticable in the “older” states – since SCS now have become much more skilled in how to make very neat such stuff.

For Euro Truck Simulator 2 there’s been an update of the German city of Hannover, which has also got a newfangled thing called custom introduction to the city. This has also been made for the Austrian cities. In addition the first phase of the implementation of functional JOST fifth wheels on trucks is included in this update.

You can read more about the 1.45 updates on SCS Software’s own blog. The one for American Truck Simulator is to be found here, and the Euro Truck Simulator 2 one is here.

Montana for ATS comes August 4

SCS Software has set a release date for their next DLC for American Truck Simulator. The map for the state of Montana will be available for purchase from August 4, 2022.

With the northernmost US state on the east slopes of the Rocky Mountains, SCS is well on the way to get American Truck Simulator rolling over the Midwest.

In addition to the map there will also be new cargo to haul in the form of utility poles, circuit breakers, a garbage truck (yes, as a cargo, not driveable), silane gas, trees, a dumpster, wastepaper and last but definitely not least, a beet harvester.

New stuff coming to FS22

It is FarmCon time and that means it is time for Giants Software to present new add-ons for Farming Simulator 22. Actually, they started in advance by presenting what the Platinum Pack for the game would include: the advent of Volvo machines and a new forestry map to go with them. But let’s take the new stuff in order.

A Vermeer DLC
Closest in time is a new DLC of the smaller type which will introduce the farming equipment brand Vermeer to the game. The highlight in this pack is doubtlessly Vermeer’s self-propelled baler but the pack also includes a trailer mower, a bale processor, a twin rake and a conventional baler.

The Vermeer DLC will be released August 24.

Pumps N’ Hoses DLC
From third-party mod developer Creative Mesh, who earlier have made the Straw Harvest DLC for Farming Simulator 17 and 19, comes a new package dedicated to the handling of manure and slurry on the farm. Even if the DLC is created by Creative Mesh, it will be published and sold by Giants and as such works like any other in-house produced DLC. It will be available from September 27.

The Platinum Pack or Upgrade
On November 15 it is time for the traditional one-year-after-initial-release Platinum edition of the game. As usual it comes both as a new starter pack and as an upgrade pack for those who already have the basegame.

As stated above the Platinum pack has a bit of a forestry angle this year, with a new forestry map called Silverrun Forest and new equipment from Volvo CE. The pack is a larger thing than the common DLC and will provide – among other things – more than 40 new machines and tools of different brands, some new gameplay functions, and the aforementioned Silverrun Forest map.