I Am Gonna Drive In Sweden: Euro Truck Simulator 2

As if the upcoming release of American Truck Simulator [official site] wasn’t enough, SCS Software are continuing to expand Euro Truck Simulator 2 [official site]. The Scandinavian DLC will be with us soon and the map has finally been revealed. It doesn’t cover the Northern reaches of the Northern reaches, but there are plenty of cities scattered around, and SCS reckon the roads and scenery will be their most detailed to date.

…the highways, roads and city streets are now a much more detailed system than what we currently have in the older parts of our ETS2 universe.

I want to go there.

You can read much more about the creation of Simulated Scandinavia on the SCS blog, including posts on the real life locations that have been recreated, as well as the assets that make the roadside world a little more convincing.

We have dedicated a lot of time and attention to recreating Scandinavian sights and landmarks in order to make the scenery more vibrant and lifelike. We tried hard to distill the looks and sights of the region to stay true to its spirit, and in the process created a lot of new assets to make driving more varied and the exploration more interesting.

I love the acknowledgement that ETS is an exploration game rather than a hardcore business management simulator. I don’t even think it’s a game about trucks – I think it’s a game about roads.

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  1. teddancin says:

    I’d trade any game coming out in 2015 for China Truck Simulator, India Truck Simulator or Central Asia Truck Simulator. Take me somewhere I’ve never seen in a game, ETS devs!

    • John O says:

      You do realize that China and India are a wee bit bigger than Scandinavia? Just teasing. I’d love to see that too.

    • TobleroneRoloCombo says:

      Well, the DLCs are stacking up…

      But, seriously, I’d love a brand-new setting.

  2. Synesthesia says:

    Those are some seriously nice screenshots.

    I really wish they take the success they had with 2 and make the next one prettier. After a while, the tubularity of roads becomes a bit visible, and i know it’s a huge technical difficulty but I want to see roads very, very far away, with the little specks of light from other cars, like in arma. Oh, and proper doppler effects. Sounds are not the best on this version.

  3. Mr Coot says:

    Good luck to SCS Software, I hope they do well. Sadly, after causing a 30 car pile up trying to get out of the starting area in the tutorial, I realised these types of games are not for me.

    • Rikard Peterson says:

      Try it with a wheel.

      • Cinek says:

        Yea, and have two problems instead of one. Wheel support in ETS2 is rather… dodgy. And the game works flawlessly with keyboard controls, so IMHO there is no reason to struggle with the wheel.

        • Rikard Peterson says:

          I have a comparatively cheap wheel (a Thrustmaster Ferarri, without FF) so that may be a reason why, but ETS2 is the only game I’ve played where using the wheel feels like the best control option. But it feels almost essential to this game.

          What do you find dodgy?

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    Jiskra says:

    I wonder if there is gonna be permanent rain in Bergen :)

    • Rikard Peterson says:

      It’d be interesting to see the weather we have in Stockholm at the moment in the game (but difficult to drive in!). It’s been snowing almost non-stop for days and the roads are very slippery. And the world is very pretty. But that would probably be way too expensive to create. I’ll most likely get the Scandinavian DLC anyway. It should be easier to drive in than in England anyway. Not only do you drive on the wrong side of the road, but the motorway exits are weird. (I’m assuming that the game depicts those somewhat accurately, as the only way I’ve driven in England. I’ve been to London once, but that was on a band trip in my early teens.)

      • Chaz says:

        The motorway exits are not typical of UK roads. They’re this kind of weird contrived thing that SCS has come with. In the same way that I’m pretty sure the motorways on the continent don’t suddenly just split in half at a junction presenting you with a barrier right in the middle of the road. Although all the Euro driving I’ve done has been in Spain, so I could be wrong.

        Speaking of which, Spain next please! A drive along the Mediterranean coast would be lovely or a trip through the Pyrenees.

        • souroldlemon says:

          I have encountered that, in Italy, and even worse: changing from one motorway to another via a slip road which inserts you directly in the fast lane of the motorway.

        • Cinek says:

          Same with roundabouts – these in ETS2 UK are typical continental roundabouts, not British.

        • Shaileen says:

          The roads in Germany are pretty far off from the real life ones. I was pretty disappointed in that; I don’t even know why they changed them into something that doesn’t even make sense. One of two lanes goes off and everyone has to merge into one? That would result in utter chaos and traffic jams in real life.

      • LionsPhil says:

        ETS roads don’t really seem to bear much relation to reality, no. It kind of undermines the whole sightseeing angle.

        Although there was a roundabout where a 4×4 driver tried to swerve across in front of me, so that was realistic. Unfortunately for them, I was in a big, heavy truck and physics is the one law of the road they can’t break.

      • Black Scalp says:

        The Swedes used to drive on the correct side of the road until relatively recently, didn’t they?

    • Nemon says:

      Ha haa, we’re suffering the wrath of the sun now, with the “poison layer” of smog covering most of the downtown areas. And it’s not always rain, it’s just… sometimes wetter air here.

  5. zxcv says:

    Very many bonuskrone for the Divine Comedy reference — one of the most jaw-droppingly over-the-top and yet utterly splendid pop moments.

    • Henke says:

      I thought that’s what it might be. “Sweden” is a great tune. :)

  6. Perjoss says:

    These are some sneaky Devs indeed. Rather than reveal their original plan which was obviously World Truck Simulator slow released episodically they went this route instead as they knew fans would just moan about the episodes taking too long to come out.

  7. Jimbo says:

    Surely they could just make (/expand/mod) one of these games during a zombie apocalypse and sell like 10x as many copies.

    Deliver stuff from outpost to outpost, run over zombies on the way, earn money to put more zombie killing stuff on your truck. Simple.

    • Blackcompany says:

      It shames me to say this, but…I would actually play that. Sort of Post Apocalyptic Truck Simulator (PATS). I could really get behind the idea of something like that, actually. Whether its zombies or a burned out, post-nuclear/meteor/alien strike, where mutants/weird creatures are rampant. Yes…that could be very interesting indeed.

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        Qazinsky says:

        I am not ashamed to admit that! I’d say let us have a character to walk around with in town, equip with guns to fire through the windows, make survival outside towns without a car neigh impossible, start the player off with a small car and work their way up to a truck for the big risky paydays with driving your heavily modified truck though bandit controlled stretches of desert… I kinda want Mad Max Truck Simulator, don’t I?

    • Cinek says:

      How about a zombine plague spreading simulator? Your task is to infect all cities in Europe. Just think of all these awesome payloads – deliver Zombie Elephant to Oslo.

  8. Canadave says:

    I may actually just stick with ProMods. Their Scandanavian map is more extensive, and contains bonus French bits.

    • jrodman says:

      It does seem odd to me that their expansion covers ground so amazingly well covered already by Pro Mods.
      How about Span, for example?

      • Cinek says:

        That DLC will be far better and more detailed than ProMod. Number of cities and length of the roads isn’t everything.

        • jrodman says:

          Have you played both? The only thing that I’ve found more detailed in the built in game vs pro mods are:

          * Distinctive bridges
          * City backdrops

          The city backdrops are pretty awful, though so I don’t much care about that. So we’re left with the bridges. And I like bridges, but they kind of pale in comparison to all the distinctive flavor of the roads in the promods as compared to the generic core game.

          • Cinek says:

            It adds much bigger cities than anything before that, tons and tons of new assets, bigger and more detailed world, more companies, new infrastructures including numerous ports with whole new set of missions to supply them or thing like Scania and Volvo factories, new junctions and various road infrastructure, etc. etc. not to mention new lighting effects that everyone will receive in a free patch alongside the DLC release. All of that without problems related to the mods, such as limited cross-compatibility. This seems to be the best expansion of ETS2 ever made.

          • cederic says:

            But the distinctive bridges make all the difference. I realised a while back that the reason I like the game is that it’s Euro Bridge Simulator, and I like bridges.

            I don’t know why, and I’m not defending it. I acknowledge it. ETS meets a surprising need.

  9. Catchcart says:

    I have eagerly awaited this – I can finally set my sights on going home. This is the best thing ever. Wait, Odense and Aalborg is included but not Aarhus?! This is the worst thing ever.

  10. Ostymandias says:

    Living in the Northern reaches of the Northern reaches and coming out of a week-long seminar on the politics of geography, uneven development, colonialism and post-colonialism, centralisation, extended urbanism and so on the exclusion of my current hometown is quite interesting as the final affirmation that I don’t actually live in Europe, but rather in some strange subarctic sphere of hydro plants and logging industry where my current place of residence has more in common with Siberia or northern Canada than the rest of Sweden

    (by the way we have about 1.5 meters of snow right now)

    EDIT: I have to add that it is particularly interesting in the context of a moving-around-goods-in-trucks simulator that the actual spaces of production of goods – which in Sweden is mostly raw materials such as lumber and iron ore, and industrial products such as pulp – is not included in the game. Also, where I live, they actually make… trucks. Quite interesting in regards to how narratives are created around productive and non-productive parts of Sweden (and the world)

  11. PsychoWedge says:

    Fuck yeah! I’m German but I don’t really care about Germany, so the whole driving around in Germany in ETS2 thing never meant that much to me (as it does to some other people apparently, going by the steam and dev forums). BUT as someone who’s been traveling to Sweden for the last 25 years, this’ll be awesome. Maybe I can even recreate the route I normally go (Berlin => Rostock => Trelleborg => along the coast to Ystad => up north to Kristianstad => east along the coast to Karlsham => Ronneby => Karlskrona and then up Kalma and over the bridge to Öland). And if it looks even a tiny tinsy bit like Sweden, I’ll probably have to be careful lest I drown in homesickness… ^^

  12. Risingson says:

    Heh. For what I see in the map, us PIGS are officially out of Europe :D

  13. Wret says:

    It’s a game about getting really psyched up to deliver a load of tomatoes, then remembering you’re terrified of driving and you’re in a vehicle 10 times larger than anything you’ve been in control of before. Then you roll shamefully into the lot 12 hours late because you went half the speed limit on a highway, involuntarily clenching every time a car passed on the opposite side “oh good I didn’t hit this one”

    • Blackcompany says:

      Its surprising you find it so stressful. I admit to having had the same experience my first few runs, sure. Downright anxiety invoking.

      Then I switched to a wheel (G27 if you are curious) and I have to say, its a profound difference. Like playing a different game. A far more relaxing game. Now I play it just to unwind and relax, where before I too was constantly on edge about wrecking the truck.

  14. jellydonut says:

    I hope there will be snow, tire chains, icy and snowy mountain passes, and typically norwegian horrible roads with no visibility around bends whatsoever and very narrow tracks.

    That would make this game a hell of a lot more interesting.. and I love it to bits already even if I’m only driving back and forth on the Autobahn.

  15. Lurid says:

    Aw man, I was hoping to drive by my house.

    • Actually Swedish says:

      I feel you, man. I wanted to drive up to the warehouse I work in. How can they leave Norrköping off the map? It’s one of the biggest logistics hubs in Sweden!

      And they had the gall to include Linköping… >:C