ETS2 Update 1.20 Open Beta
We are happy to announce that open beta of 1.20 Update of Euro Truck Simulator 2 is now available on Steam.
There are a ton of minor improvements and fixes included as usual, you can see them listed in the change log at the bottom of the blog post, but let us elaborate on three major features that we would like to bring to your attention:
1. GPS ROUTE CUSTOMIZATION
From now on you will be able to customize the route set by the Route Advisor, or create your own route at will if no job had been taken. Route configuration is performed on the map screen. You can modify the existing route by
adding up to 10 custom waypoints;
inserting waypoints into existing route;
interactively moving waypoints;
or adding waypoints at end of a route.
We hope that you will appreciate the flexibility and simplicity of the system, as you can really now create any route you desire.
2. GEOGRAPHICALLY CORRECT SUN POSITION
We have received plenty of feedback from our fans in Scandinavia territories that we have the same daylight and night periods in the game as in southern Europe. Well, not any more!
To address the problem, we have written new code that positions the sun at the exact astronomically correct place in the sky as you would expect for the given geographical location at the particular time of day. In fact the definitions driving the whole system allow now to set up any location on the globe if anyone would so desire. The new system produces quite different feel of the day cycle depending on whether you are in the north or closer to the equatorial. The sun is higher on the sky at noon in the south than we had it hard-coded before - with appropriately quicker sunrise and sundown - while in the north the sun is correctly following a lower curve in the sky with prolonged evenings and mornings; lingering low at the horizon. We had to adjust our weather profiles and sky textures to correspond to physical sun location (mod makers beware!).
3. IMAGE SPOTLIGHT
We see so many fantastic community-created screenshots on World of Trucks website uploaded every day, with inspiring content that is leaving us speechless. We felt that these images are so cool that more people should see them, not just regular visitors of the site.
We are introducing a new feature - "Image Spotlight." Hand-picked selection of images from World of Trucks will now be made available to the game as additional loading splash-screens. The first batch is there now, we plan to update and refresh the selection from time to time with newly coming images. You can browse the current selection inside the Image Spotlight screen, accessible from the Photo Studio screen, if you want to drill deeper and see the original image in full detail.
For this feature to work, you will have to enable it at the game start. We did not want to unleash it at everyone automatically, as the images are downloaded from our server (however just once), and not everybody is comfortable with applications accessing network without their consent.
In general, the images had been and will be picked from Editor's Pick from World of Trucks, but that's not necessary a must for the selection in the future. Although there's a huge amount of quality images there, not all of them can go into Image Spotlight for various reasons. For example we have to avoid featuring real brands in the game for which we do not have an explicit licence signed. Also, sometimes even a gorgeous image didn't fit into the aspect of the loading screen for proper composition needs.
The code is set to randomly choose between loading screens of the original game and Image Spotlight images. We hope that you will enjoy this little feature as much as we enjoy seeing user created images in the loading screens ourselves.
The list of fixes and improvements in ETS2 Update 1.20:
Increased traffic density in city areas
Added 'village area' rule to allow specifying urban area without increased traffic density
Fixed non-urban speed limit in UK
Support for spawn_trailer_count attribute of traffic_vehicle_type
Lower probability of spawning an AI truck without a trailer
Fixed license plate definitions switched between bus and trailer
Uses correct wheel position when placing AI trailer wheels on ground
Fixed rear wheels of AI vehicles not being placed on ground in steep hils
Fixed vehicles remaining on wrong way lane after avoiding obstacle in some cases
AI vehicles turn off engine during fueling
Free camera supports inverted mouse (respects the c_minvert input constant)
Changed design of road dialog
Fixed "grave" key not working with some keyboard layouts (e.g. Hungarian)
Separate snapping of nodes and control points
Editor shortcut mapped to bezier patch
Added support for rotation undo for bezier patch control points
Increased node joining tolerance to fix problems with joining nodes far away from center of the map
Grid size shortcut changed from Alt+wheel to Ctrl+wheel
Mercedes Actros 2014: Fixed speedometer in UK variant, Improved interior, Tweaked normal map, Smoothed some hard edges, Shadowcaster tweaks
Iveco Hiway: Smoother horns
DAF XF Euro6: Cleanup of the models
Scania Streamline: DRL
Fixed UV on bulk cement trailer
Fixed missing wheels on brick trailer
Vertex optimizations of AI trucks for DAF Euro6, Man TGX, Scania R
Volvo: Original sound of blinker on/off, Original sound of wipers, Equalization of gear_air sounds for interior
Mercedes Actros, Renault Premium: Fixed armrests missing in the exterior view
Fixed size of wheels
Particles are not generated for lifted wheels
Mirror resolution setting is not disabled on high quality
Longer mirror distances on high and ultra settings
Enabled support for download of additional hand-picked loading screen images from WoTr. All images can be seen using the "Image Spotlight" feature in "Photo Studio".
Brake lights activate on slightest pedal touch
Correct turbo sound used on reverse
It is possible to use Steam controller-based keyboard for entering search text in mod manager
Fixed reporting of no-lights offense when driving in rain
Improved compatibility with Windows XP
You can find the beta in the public_beta branch on Steam. (Steam client -> LIBRARY -> right click on Euro Truck Simulator 2 -> Properties -> Betas tab -> public_beta - 1.20 public beta)