Euro Truck Simulator
|Euro Truck Simulator|
One of the many box art covers for Euro Truck Simulator
|Series||Euro Truck Simulator|
|Genre(s)||Vehicle simulation game|
|Distribution||Optical disc, download|
Euro Truck Simulator is a 2008 truck simulation game created by SCS Software, using OpenGL, set in Europe. The player can drive across a depiction of Europe, visiting its cities, picking up a variety of cargos, and delivering them. Over 300,000 copies of the game have been sold in Europe. Its followup, Euro Truck Simulator 2, was released in 2012.
Players choose their starting country, from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (V1.2 & V1.3 only). Initially players only have access to their starting country, except if it contains less than three cities. In this case one or more adjacent countries will be accessible as well. For example, starting the game in Italy or Switzerland, you get connection to the other for free. Then, players choose their first truck with a budget of €100,000.
After this, players can start taking jobs from various fictitious companies and delivering cargo to various cities in their starting country to earn money. This money can then be spent on a new truck, upgrading the current truck, expanding the business to other countries and obtaining a license to drive flammables and chemicals.
The game features European truck models with working instruments such as flashing indicators, temperature and low fuel warning lights, wipers, and gauges. The trucks included are the Mercedes-Benz Actros (known as Majestic), the Renault Magnum (known as Runner), the Scania R-series (known as Swift) and the Volvo FH16 (known as Valiant).
Version 1.0 of the game was shipped to stores in Germany on August 6, 2008. The release date for this version in Poland was August 20 and in the UK, August 29.
Version 1.3, with improved DirectX compatibility, was released in the UK on CD by Excalibur Publishing and as an online-download, but is not available on CD from the other countries' respective publishers. This version was expanded to include the UK (cities of London, Manchester and Newcastle), a Dover-Calais ferry, plus more roads in Germany and Poland.
On October 10, 2008, SCS Software released teaser shots of their first patch (v1.2). The shots include pictures of more local roads in Germany and Poland, as well as a UK addition to the game. The release date of the update, although only available if the full game is purchased, was April 15, 2009, and it is being marketed as 'Euro Truck Simulator Gold Edition', by publisher Rondomedia.
A free patch containing the Gold Edition contents (v1.3) was released on April 17, 2009. A patch for those with the Trymedia online download version of the game was released on the official Euro Truck Simulator website on April 18, 2009.