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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giants Software has released their latest DLC for Farming Simulator 22 – the Vermeer Pack. This pack adds five pieces of machinery from the American manufacturer Vermeer who specializes in equipment for grassland management.
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.
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.
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.
In short it contains – which should come as no surprise – a number of Kubota tractors and other orange-coloured machinery. It also brings the possibility to go as a passenger in vehicles where there are spaces for passengers. (As far as I can tell this does not include the side-seats in tractors.)
As follows, the basegame was patched with patch 1.6 just before the DLC premiere as well with a bunch of minor modifications and fixes.
Changelog patch 1.6:
Bugfixes & Changes
Added dual wheel config support to Trelleborg TH400 tires
Fixed animal husbandries manure output being limited to straw consumption
Fixed color configurations with large number of options in multiplayer
Fixed game crash after changing certain advanced FSR settings
Fixed issues with mod bales when 3d model is used from basegame and only textures from the mod
Fixed localization for collectibles in mods
Fixed mod input bindings being overwritten
Fixed prices page “Selling” price display
Fixed Rostselmash 2375 and Versatile WD4 displayed max speed in shop
Fixed Salek ANS-1900 AI support
Fixed usage of “fold all” input action when tools are attached that cannot be folded
Fixed Xerion 5000 map hotspot type
Improved drawbar behavior on Köckerling Allrounder 600
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.