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Euro Truck Simulator 2 revamping Germany now, rest of the map later

As SCS Software continue to add to Europe with Euro Truck Simulator 2 (the next expansion focuses on the Baltics), older parts are starting to look a little scrappy. The latest update added more life to its roads but now SCS are thinking bigger.

They’re currently working on revamping Germany for a free update overhauling its autobahns, touching up its cities, replanting its forests, and generally making it a nicer place to chill out. This process will take some time but SCS today shared a few peeks at the impressive improvements. They’ll overhaul more countries later too.[1][2][3]

SCS said in today’s blost post[4] that they have “a small but passionate team of map designers” working on refreshing base game’s map “to bring it up to or at least close to our current standard of visual quality”. The oldest regions being the most run-down, they’re starting with dear ol’ Deutschland. Here, check out this stretch of autobahn as it currently stands:

Euro Truck Simulator 2 revamping Germany now, rest of the map later And how it’ll look post-fancification: Euro Truck Simulator 2 revamping Germany now, rest of the map later

Wunderbar! The blog post has more shots to coo over too. “As you can see in the screenshots, the touches to the German autobahns are considerable,” SCS say. “Some cities are altered in a major way, some will only get a bit of polish for now with new textures, vegetation, and cleanups of the worst visual sins.”

They are still working on new expansions for both Euro Truck and American Truck, mind, so they’ll need a separate team for this. And it won’t be quick. Germany’s overhaul alone will be split across multiple updates, and with their plan “to eventually revisit the whole of core game map”… quite a while.

I’d guess that the UK might be next in line for a refresh, as it’s another transplant from an even older game. ETS2’s Germany and UK were largely brought over from German Truck Simulator and UK Truck Simulator, see, so they’re the oldest regions of the map. I’m glad they’re doing this.

If sales let them keep updating Europe forever, over and over, hey go wild.

They do keep adding and overhauling the gameguts and I’ll take eternal renewal and expansion over buying sequels which would almost inevitably be smaller.

Consider how weird it always feels when a new Civilization sequel arrives, feeling slight compared to its heavily-expanded predecessor.

References

  1. ^ Euro Truck Simulator 2 (www.rockpapershotgun.com)
  2. ^ focuses on the Baltics (www.rockpapershotgun.com)
  3. ^ added more life to its roads (www.rockpapershotgun.com)
  4. ^ today’s blost post (blog.scssoft.com)

Solving MH370 issue, road safety main focus of Transport Minister

Anthony Loke SEREMBAN: Negeri Sembilan DAP Chairman Anthony Loke Siew Fook is surprised on his appointment as Transport Minister in Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Cabinet. Loke, who is Seremban Member of Parliament and also Chennah State Assemblyman, said the appointment was a big responsibility especially to solve the issue involving the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and also on road safety.

“I would like to thank to the party leadership and also the Prime Minister for their trust in appointing me as the Minister of Transport (MOT). I know it is a big responsibility not only for land transport, not only the Road Transport Department (RTD) but also aviation, maritime, ports and so on but the ministry is very important to facilitate economic growth. “I also have to look into many things… many issues (such as) road safety, competitiveness of our ports and of course a major issue for the ministry which is to continue searching for MH370.

I hope during my tenure, we can reach a closure of the MH370 issue. This I think is very important not only for family members but also the aviation industry. I really hope that in the coming months or years, we can close this tragedy,” he told reporters here, today.

The Prime Minister yesterday announced Loke, who is also the DAP national organising secretary, as the Minister of Transport. The Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard vanished during its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. Efforts to find the aircraft have so far proved futile.

Commenting further, Loke said in order to fulfil the vision, he had already asked the Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim to give him a comprehensive briefing about MOT on Tuesday. “I told the KSU that I want to go to the ground immediately, (because) there are many issues that we need to deal with and of course the major thing I want to see is that MOT must take the initiative to ensure road safety especially now is Muslim the month of Ramadan and soon, the time for the rush back to kampung will begin and every year we saw a lot of accident happening. “This is one issue that we want to tackle…we want to reduce road accidents, ensure the roads are safe for everyone and road safety is my top agenda,” he added.

With 10 years in Parliament, Loke said the experience helped him a lot to better understand the functions of the government.

“Of course I don’t know everything but I am here to learn.

As a new minister, i adopt an open mind (and) I will learn and of course I need the support from the civil servants,” he said. – Bernama

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Solving MH370 issue, road safety are main focus of Transport Minister


SEREMBAN, May 19 (Bernama) — Negeri Sembilan DAP Chairman Anthony Loke Siew Fook is surprised on his appoinment as Transport Minister in Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Cabinet.

Loke, who is Seremban Member of Parliament and also Chennah State Assemblyman, said the appointment was a big responsibility especially to solve the issue involving the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and also on road safety. “I would like to thank to the party leadership and also the Prime Minister for their trust in appointing me as the Minister of Transport (MOT). I know it is a big responsibility not only for land transport, not only the Road Transport Department (RTD) but also aviation, maritime, ports and so on but the ministry is very important to facilitate economic growth.”

“I also have to look into many things… many issues (such as) road safety, competitiveness of our ports and of course a major issue for the ministry which is to continue searching for MH370. I hope during my tenure, we can reach a closure of the MH370 issue. This I think is very important not only for family members but also the aviation industry.

I really hope that in the coming months or years, we can close this tragedy,” he told reporters here, today. The Prime Minister yesterday announced Loke, who is also the DAP national organising secretary, as the Minister of Transport. The Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard vanished during its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

Efforts to find the aircraft have so far proved futile…..

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