We are just one day away from the release of the Scandinavia expansion for Euro Truck Simulator 2 [official site], and Alec’s review is already in progress. I imagine that even as I’m typing these words he’s navigating fjords, shipping Moomins, solving grim transnational murders, and explaining to onlookers that, though included in this DLC and part of the cultural region, Denmark is not strictly speaking a part of the Scandinavian peninsula.
Me? I’ve got to settle for this all-too exciting launch trailer.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 was a surprise success even for those who don’t love trucks, owing in part to its compulsive business management metagame and in part to the relaxation offered by its open roads and steady travel. That success has allowed developers SCS Software to pour more resources back into the game, continuing to update it regularly and to add DLC that offers greater and greater detail than the base game. Scandinavia claims to be another grand step for the series and certainly looks nicer than the sometimes rather plain or repetitive cities and motorway sidings of the original. I’ll wait for Alec to confirm the truth one way or another while gazing upon these admittedly fine screenshots.
However many different tree models Scandinavia ends up offering, I remain even more excited for the studio’s next full game, American Truck Simulator. You can follow the development of that – and even see an hour-long in-game video of an early alpha – over at the SCS blog.
If your engine is revved and ready, ETS2 Scandinavia is out May 7th, 2015 at midnight CEST according to the game’s Steam page, but that’s May 6th, 2015 at 10 PM UTC. And even earlier or later if you’re in other countries! Blimey, isn’t our planet strange.