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The West Balkans are next in ETS2

After the sort of forced and unavoidable shelving of the Heart of Russia DLC, SCS Software has now made official what the next DLC instead will be. It is time for the West Balkans.

Of course since it’s still early in the development there is no date given for any release yet.

ETS2 DLC Heart of Russia shelved for now

SCS Software has now officially stated that the planned next DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2 titled Heart of Russia will not be released as originally planned. After some consideration they have taked the decision to put the remaining development and subsequent release of it on hold until further notice.

The reason for this decision is obvious. Now is not the moment to release this particular DLC, neither from a moral perspective nor from a business one. Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the horrible atrocities they have committed makes anything with Russia in its name quite frankly a liability, even if it is something as harmless as a map expansion for a computer game. In my personal opinion SCS has taken the right decision here.

AGI free DLC for Farming Simulator 22

Giants Software has released yet another free DLC for Farming Simulator 22. This time it is a pack with silos, augers and more from AGI. The pack also includes a new method to make seed from your harvested grain by using a seed treater.

It can be good to be aware that in order to get the AGI Pack you have to “buy” it in Steam’s store. The price for purchase is zero though, so it’s very affordable.

AGI is a globally leading manufacturer of portable and stationary grain handling, storage and conditioning equipment. Engineering unique, market-specific systems, they maintain an international network to supply the world’s food infrastructure with more than 35 different brands.

In connection with the AGI Pack DLC release Farming Simulator 22 is also updated with the 1.5 patch which addresses some game quirks.

Changelog for patch 1.5

Changes & Improvements:

  • Added permission “Manage Production Points”
  • Added slurry tanks to AI Refill options
  • Added support for multiple animation object “moving” sounds
  • Added tour abort button and tour steps menu
  • Fixed BunkerSilo update
  • Fixed chain jittering on Jungheinrich ETV 216i
  • Fixed cutter effects still active while the cutter is lifted
  • Fixed decal z-fight Deutz-Fahr TopLiner
  • Fixed loading of save games with custom mod bales
  • Fixed material issue Salek PN 2-300
  • Fixed missing bags on some pallets in multiplayer
  • Fixed NPC field and contracts updates
  • Fixed password field UTF-8 issue
  • Fixed placeable collision checks
  • Fixed placeable renaming permission
  • Fixed server list update reselection
  • Fixed sleeping in multiplayer
  • Fixed sound issues with high frequency audio devices (e.g. 192kHz)
  • Fixed trailer tipping for clients joining in multiplayer
  • Fixed vehicle character visibility on CLAAS XERION 5000 while switching the direction
  • Fixed CLAAS XERION 5000 clip distance
  • Fixed MF 8S motor configs and base weight settings
  • Fixed wrapping animations after leaving the game during the wrapping
  • Fixed controller settings “deadzone” text
  • Fixed ambient sounds in period “MID_WINTER”
  • Fixed centering force with force feedback wheels on Xbox
  • Improved performance of grapevines and olives on lower-spec hardware
  • Improved placeable rotation snapping
  • Improved Fendt MT1100 trailer attacher joint height
  • Improved CLAAS XERION 5000 optional weight price settings
  • Increased pallet limits
  • Several NPC visual fixes

New additions:

  • Added AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) 2.0
  • Added upscaling sharpness slider for DLSS, FSR 1.0 and FSR 2.0
  • Added mixer wagon info HUD if player is nearby

New pallet limits:

  • Win: 300
  • Mac: 300
  • PS4: 75
  • PS5: 150
  • Xbox One: 75
  • Xbox Series: 150

Farming, old style

This is quite possibly the smallest harvester I’ve ever driven. But this little Vistula is so cute that it’s hard not to fall in love with it! Also you can almost feel the wind in your hair as you sit in the open seat, watching the golden straw go by.

The Vistula KZB-3 is a Polish harvester from earlier times manufactured by FMŻ. The mod is made by Deus_Volt and can be found in the official modhub.

The map I am on is the “eastern part of Europe”-inspired Osada, also available in the modhub. It is made by RajotGPLAY.

On the road in (new) Austria

With the latest patch for Euro Truck Simulator 2, SCS Software has released the new version of the Austria part of the basegame map.

Unlike the earlier revision of Germany, the Austria part is a total rework of every road and city in the country. And it shows! The difference from the old version is huge as this part of the map now is up to par with the latest DLCs when it comes to visual presentation and road network.

The fact that big parts of the country consists of very visually delightful Alpine views does make the result of the rework even more welcome. I can’t help but find myself loving to drive through the tunnels and across the valleys.

ETS 2 Update 1.44

Euro Truck Simulator 2 has now been updated to version number 1.44. The main difference for us players will be the total rework of Austria, which now is a very different and much more visually pleasing place than in its old 2013 basegame incarnation.

Changelog

Map:

  • Austria Rework
  • Unmarked Road Exploration
  • Distance Signs with Accurate Mileage System
  • Some older border crossings reworked in Beyond the Baltic Sea
  • Italian Tollgates Update
  • Companies Logo Revisions
  • UI Road Numbers in Corsica/Sardinia
  • Other Map Improvements

Gameplay:

  • Mod Refund Feature
  • Licensed vs Aftermarket UI in browsers
  • Force Feedback Upgrade
  • Adjustable Suspension Height
  • Interior Camera Horizontal Lock
  • Smart Sequential Shifting

Vehicles:

  • New 2022 Interior option for Renault T
  • Exterior Interior Models reworked for Renault T

American Truck Simulator patch 1.44

The 1.44 patch for American Truck Simulator is now deployed and it contains quite a bit of updates and additions. Not the least the second part of the rework of the California map. While not as badly needed as the reworks SCS Software is doing for Euro Truck Simulator 2, it still is a noticable improvement over the earlier version and very welcome.

Changelog

Map:

  • 2nd Phase of California Rework
  • Border connections for several cities in New Mexico refreshed
  • Some New Mexico cities received road network reworks
  • Unmarked Road Exploration
  • General Map Bug Fixes

Gameplay:

  • Mod Refund Feature
  • Licensed vs Aftermarket UI in browsers
  • Force Feedback Upgrade
  • Adjustable Suspension Height
  • Interior Camera Horizontal Lock
  • Smart Sequential Shifting
  • New Special Transport Routes

Vehicles:

  • New Freightliner Cascadia 2022 Interior Options
  • Ownable Drop Deck Trailers

English farming

Doing some harvesting in the picturesque English countryside (although I admit it’s not the best picture for showing that). The map mod Calmsden Farm is made by Oxygendavid and is a very lifelike replica of the real life area in Gloustershire, England. The mod is available in the official modhub.

The harvester used in the picture is a basegame New Holland. And yes, it’s leased, because when starting from scratch the money for such shiny, new things are a bit limited.

Precision Farming for FS22 released

Giants have now released the game changing (if you want to, it’s still fully possibly to play without Precision Farming if you want to keep the simpler, traditional way of gameplay) Precision Farming DLC. Just like it’s namesake predecessor for FS19, the Precision Farming DLC is a project co-sponsored by an EU fund and John Deere among others.

Simultaneously the release of the DLC it is patch time again (patch 1.4) and as usual for Farming Simulator 22 it comes with not only bugfixes but also with some new free content. This time it is the new brand Salek as well as a new Claas machine. In total seven new things to play with.

Changelog

Changes & Improvements:

  • Fixed server browser filter “allowCrossPlay” not being saved
  • Fixed rare issue when joining password protected servers
  • Fixed driving direction icons on various vehicles
  • Fixed combine headers tilted after AI has finished its job
  • Fixed unowned production points not consuming their inputs over time
  • Fixed reusing fertilizer effects with smaller working widths
  • Fixed front hubs on CLAAS Lexion 8900
  • Fixed slurry effects on Bomech Multi 4XL
  • Added missing connection hoses to John Deere 1775NT
  • Fixed AI starting to work while tool is not fully unfolded on Treffler TS 1520
  • Improved working on uneven terrain with Koeckerling Vector
  • Improved axle-rim alignment on Steyr 8150
  • Improved driving behavior of Boeckmann Big Master/Lizard Pickup 1986-combination when trailer is fully loaded
  • Improved lower distance to ground on levelers to reach the ground in the front with heavy weight attached on the rear hydraulics
  • Replaced wheels on John Deere XUV and Mahindra Retriever with new BKT tires

New additions:

  • Added tour page to the in-game menu including the latest instructions

Going north

After having accepted to do a delivery to the end of civilization, I sort of found myself taking ad photos in a Canadian sand pit. Seriously, Promods Canada offers some really nice scenery and looong winding gravel roads to get there.

Volvo truck with anime paint job

Then however I got back to civilization and had to spend more time sitting in a queue again. But at least even here the scenery sort of made up for it.

ATS Volvo truck with anime paint job queuing behond a school bus in a forest area