Euro Truck Simulator 2 is an open world
truck simulator game developed and published by SCS Software for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS and was initially released as open development on 19 October 2012. The game is a direct sequel to the 2008 game Euro Truck Simulator and it is the second video game in the Truck Simulator series. The basic premise of the game is that the player can drive one of a choice of articulated trucks across a condensed depiction of Europe, picking up cargo from various locations and delivering it. As the game progresses, it is possible for the player to buy more vehicles and depots, as well as hire other drivers to work for them.
The game has sold over 9 million units as of March 2021, according to a press release by Renault Trucks.
Driver's view from a DAF XF
Gameplay follows an open world style, with players being essentially free to travel anywhere in their lorries, provided they can keep up with fuel, maintenance and toll costs, alongside fines if they incur any. When starting out, players choose their HQ's location in any of the game map's cities. At first, the player can only take what is known as Quick jobs—these jobs involve making hired driver deliveries while employed by a delivery company, with a provided truck and all expenses (fuel, road tolls, ferry crossings) covered. As the player earns money or takes bank loans, they can eventually afford to buy themselves a truck, acquire a home garage, and start accepting better-paying jobs by using their own truck instead of being a driver for hire with gear being supplied. Money earned in the game can be spent on upgrading or purchasing new trucks, hiring NPC drivers to take on deliveries, buying more garages and expanding the home garage to accommodate more trucks and drivers. The skills of the drivers hired by the player also grow with experience and the player can create a huge fleet of the trucks and drivers expanding the business across Europe.
As players progress and earn money, they are also able to purchase their own trailers, which can be fully customized in the same way as trucks. Player-owned trailers can be used to receive and deliver cargo at existing storage locations. Like trucks, trailers can also be allocated to company employees, resulting in higher income.
The player gains experience points after each delivery. A skill point is awarded after each level-up. Skill points can be used to unlock deliveries that require different ADR classes, longer distance deliveries, special cargo loads, fragile cargo loads, deliveries that are urgent and eco-driving. This progression allows the player to take on better-paid jobs.
The base game features 71 cities in twelve countries, over twenty types of cargo and over fifteen fictional European companies. There are seven map DLCs that expand the game to more countries and locations, and multiple other truck and trailer DLCs.
The game also features a "Radio" feature, which allows players to play imported MP3 and OGG files. It also allows the player to listen to Internet radio.
The game includes two new truck companies, Scania and Renault, with MAN returning from the original game. Initially, DAF, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo trucks were not officially licensed and had their names changed to DAV, Ivedo, Majestic and Valiant respectively. Later updates included the official branding for the DAF XF, Volvo FH, Iveco Stralis, Scania Streamline and Mercedes-Benz Actros. In 2017 the new Scania S and R were introduced. The MAN TGX Euro 6 was added as a playable vehicle on 8 February 2019, followed by the Renault T on 26 September 2019. On 6 April 2021, Renault Trucks unveiled their new T-High range of trucks through a joint venture with SCS Software, becoming the first time a new truck has been announced through a video game.
Initially released for Windows and available for purchase & download via SCS's own website, the game would eventually be added to Steam in January 2013. Expanding beyond the Windows version, SCS announced in March 2013 that they were developing a Mac version of the game. One month later they released a Linux beta version of the game to the public through Steam. On 27 February, they stated "the Mac OS port of ETS 2 is taking longer than anybody would like, but trust us, we are still working hard on it." Finally, on 19 December 2014, they announced on their blog that the OS X version of the game is ready for a public beta available on Steam. On 21 January 2015 a 64-bit version of Euro Truck Simulator 2 was released, which allows for more memory to be used by the game.
Map expansion packs
Euro Truck Simulator 2 offers several DLC base map expansion packs. Below is a list of major expansion packs provided by the developers.
||20 September 2013
||In January 2013, SCS Software announced a downloadable content (DLC) package — Going East!, expanding the game map into Eastern Europe. The DLC saw the introduction of thirteen new cities across Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary and was released on 20 September 2013. In July 2015 (version 1.19), Hungary gained 2 more cities: Pécs and Szeged along with some roads in Austria and Hungary.
||7 May 2015
||On 7 May 2015 SCS released a second DLC similar to Going East!, called Scandinavia. It features a map extension to Scandinavia and features Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The DLC also contains 2 new types of trailers: a livestock trailer and a trailer for transporting trucks. The latter can be picked up at the Volvo Trucks and Scania factories in Sweden, which have been recreated in the game. The port town of Kapellskär was added to the DLC alongside the release of Beyond the Baltic Sea.
|Vive la France!
||5 December 2016
||In 2016, SCS Software officially announced a new DLC named Vive la France !. It adds 15 new cities from France, 20,000 kilometres (12,000 mi) of new roads, famous landmarks, enhanced vegetation, new cargoes to haul, new industries, and new companies. It was released on 5 December 2016. The island of Corsica received its free expansion as part of 1.36 update in late 2019. Two new cities, Bayonne and Lacq, were added alongside the release of Iberia DLC.
||5 December 2017
||On 11 August 2017, SCS announced the Italia DLC, which was released on 5 December 2017. It expanded the game into mainland Italy and Sicily, and the northern Italian cities included in the base game received an upgrade. Sardinia was added in the 1.35 update as a free addition of the expansion pack. The DLC was released exactly one year after SCS's previous DLC.
|Beyond the Baltic Sea
||29 November 2018
||The Beyond the Baltic Sea DLC was announced by SCS Software on 2 March 2018, consisting countries within the Baltics and the adjacent parts of southern Finland and western Russia (along with Kaliningrad Oblast). The pack includes border checkpoints in Russia. It was released on 29 November 2018.
|Road to the Black Sea
||5 December 2019
||On 18 March 2019, SCS Software released a teaser video announcing the development of another expansion pack which will feature Romania, Bulgaria and the European part of Turkey. It was released on 5 December 2019.
||8 April 2021
||On 19 December 2019, SCS Software announced the Iberia DLC, consisting of both Spain and Portugal. It was originally slated to be released in late 2020, but it was delayed to 8 April 2021 due to its release being tied to a major graphic overhaul of the existing portions of the game.
|Heart of Russia
||An upcoming expansion pack for Euro Truck Simulator 2 will be set in mainland Russia, expanding from the Beyond the Baltic Sea DLC which now stretches to other cities within Russia, including its capital Moscow.
A set of Halloween-themed paint jobs was released exclusively on Valve's Steam store on 24 October 2013. On 10 December 2013, a set of winter themed paint jobs called Ice Cold were released. These themes can be applied to any truck in the game. On 4 April 2014, SCS Software released six more paint jobs in a DLC pack called "Force of Nature" and all paint jobs are still Steam DLC only. The Going East! DLC however, is both Steam and Non-Steam DLC. Finally, in the 1.10/1.11 update there are 5 new paint schemes with the UK, Irish, Scottish, American, and Canadian flags.
On 3 October 2014, SCS Software released some colorschemes based on the German flag, prior to the 24th anniversary of the reunion of Germany.
During December 2014 and January 2015 on World of Trucks only, there was an exclusive paint skin that many players still have called the Ravens Paint Pack. It included only two Raven style paints (1 blue, 1 gold), and was only unlocked if you delivered Christmas trailers the approximate distance from Praha, Czech Republic to the Geographic North Pole which in the end came down to 2,760 miles (4,443 km). The Ravens Paint Pack DLC was originally not available for purchase; however on 6 March 2017 SCS Software released it as a paid-DLC, with some additional content, through Steam for US$1.99.
High Power Cargo Pack
High Power Cargo Pack DLC expands the cargo range in the game by adding custom cargoes. The new cargoes are usually large, long and heavy and include a helicopter, various tractors and drillers, air conditioners and even a yacht. An extra bonus included with the pack is a special Heavy Duty customizable paint job.
Schwarzmüller Trailer Pack
On 16 September 2016 SCS released the first officially licensed trailer pack for the game. The Schwarzmüller Trailer Pack added five new and original modelled Trailers of the Austrian-based trailer constructor Schwarzmüller into the game.
The Cabin Accessories DLC adds various items to customize the cabin of your truck, such as banners, pennants, bobbleheads, a portable navigator and even fuzzy dice which will respond to the cabin's movements. It was released on 30 September 2015.
Steam Workshop integration
In the 1.23 beta, SCS Software integrated Valve's Steam Workshop into the game, allowing mod authors to upload their creations onto the Euro Truck Simulator 2 Steam Workshop page. This lets players subscribe to a mod and Steam will download and install it to their game. These mods range from trailers and companies to new trucks and sound packs. Mod authors use a tool named SCS Workshop Uploader to get their mods published on the Workshop Page. The workshop does not include map mods, due to their large size.
Heavy Cargo Pack
On 12 May 2017, SCS released the Heavy Cargo Pack DLC which added eight new cargo types. Each cargo is large and very heavy in weight, and is transported on a special trailer with steerable rear axles.
The Special Transport DLC was released on 13 December 2017, consisting of even heavier cargoes that exceed regular cargo regulations, with escort vehicles that will help guide the player deliver cargo at short distances. Unlike regular and heavy cargoes, the player cannot make stops at rest areas, gas stations or deviate away from escort vehicles. Typically, with each map expansion, this DLC is expanded with new routes.
Krone Trailer Pack
Released on 18 September 2018, the Krone Trailer Pack is the second licensed trailer pack to be added (only after the Schwarzmüller Trailer Pack), the DLC adds 6 new trailers and various accessories.
The game was generally well received by critics, holding a score of 79/100 on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
In a review for Destructoid, Jim Sterling praised the game's accessibility, noting how easy the GPS and map features were to use, as well as the option to stream European internet radio, and the multitude of control options available. They also praised the graphics, stating that "[f]rom the shape of the traffic lights to the atmosphere of the backdrops, there's a sense of individuality to each new territory you uncover, and the trucks themselves are lovingly recreated with an intricate level of detail", although they did criticise the AI of the other vehicles on the road.
In a similarly favourable review, Tim Stone of PC Gamer called it "unexpectedly engrossing", praising the size of the map and the variation of the roads and scenery available. He did however have reservations about the accuracy of the surroundings, commenting "no one seems to have told SCS’s countryside crafters that rural Britain features long green things called hedges. Cities are often depicted with the shortest of visual shorthand – a few warehouses, the odd landmark if you’re lucky."
Rock, Paper, Shotgun listed Euro Truck Simulator 2 ninth on their list of "The 25 Best Simulation Games Ever Made".
||'The Sim of the Year 2012' Award
||The 'I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award' Award
|The 'Sit Back and Relax' Award
||The "Most Fun with a Machine" Award