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Euro Truck Simulator 2 is expanding again, with the Road to the Black Sea expansion that's now been announced for release on December 5.

Quite a big DLC giving you access to travel through and expand your company through Romania, Bulgaria and some of Turkey too with Istanbul. Coming with it are 11 new local company docks and industries, 20 new major cities and many smaller towns and settlements, a bunch of new unique 3D assets, local AI trains, trams, and traffic cars, border crossings with feature-rich border controls and more.

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These truck sim games always fascinate me. I've tried to get some friends into them and they're always puzzled about what the fun is. It's something you have to experience really, so very oddly relaxing and quite engrossing when you have a nice Wheel setup too. Dealing with all the logistics of not just driving and delivering packages yourself, but the business side to it too is thoroughly interesting.

You can pick up ETS2 on Humble Store and Steam.

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The_Aquabat 29 Nov, 2019
Too bad that the game still runs on OpenGL they updated the windows version to DirectX 11 but no Vulkan update.
Dorrit 29 Nov, 2019
I love this game :) love it, love it!
leillo1975 29 Nov, 2019
Quoting: The_AquabatToo bad that the game still runs on OpenGL they updated the windows version to DirectX 11 but no Vulkan update.

It's a shame that devs choose DX11 as API instead Vulkan. I can't understand that being a multiplatform game (Linux, Windows and Mac) they do this. I'm certainly worried that they have made this decision concerning Linux support.
tuubi 29 Nov, 2019
My biggest gripe with the graphics is the lack of functioning AA. The game (and ATS too) lets me pick SMAA, but the setting has no effect that I can see. And no matter how much I bump the internal resolution, there's aliasing and moiré effects all over the place.

Despite all this, I love these truck sims to bits. Perfect games to relax with.


Last edited by tuubi on 29 November 2019 at 5:49 pm UTC
Eike 29 Nov, 2019
Quoting: tuubiMy biggest gripe with the graphics is the lack of functioning AA. The game (and ATS too) lets me pick SMAA, but the setting has no effect that I can see. And no matter how much I bump the internal resolution, there's aliasing and moiré effects all over the place.

I don't know about AMD, but for Nvidia, there's an override setting in the driver settings.
stan 29 Nov, 2019
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The problem with this "game" is there is no goal. So nothing to do really.
tuubi 29 Nov, 2019
Quoting: stanThe problem with this "game" is there is no goal. So nothing to do really.
For me, the goal is to relax. I get quickly bored with sandboxy games like minecraft/test and terraria, but these truck sims just keep me driving one more job. Especially when I'm not up for anything more demanding. Lots of trucks to drive, places and routes to see, cargoes to haul...

Quoting: Eike
Quoting: tuubiMy biggest gripe with the graphics is the lack of functioning AA. The game (and ATS too) lets me pick SMAA, but the setting has no effect that I can see. And no matter how much I bump the internal resolution, there's aliasing and moiré effects all over the place.

I don't know about AMD, but for Nvidia, there's an override setting in the driver settings.
Haven't found anything that works. Almost tempted to try with proton. But only almost. This is just a minor annoyance after all. I guess I should report a bug, seeing as Windows users just got antialiasing enhancements in the latest update.


Last edited by tuubi on 29 November 2019 at 8:29 pm UTC
Micromegas 29 Nov, 2019
I'm especially hyped for the next expansions after this one because they have to be Spain and Portugal (or maybe Greece, which would be exciting too because of islands, ferries, mountains?).

I want to finally drive from Gibraltar to the North Cape in one big haul - the equivalent to driving from coast to coast in American Truck Simulator some day in the future, I would say. :D
M@GOid 30 Nov, 2019
Quoting: The_AquabatToo bad that the game still runs on OpenGL they updated the windows version to DirectX 11 but no Vulkan update.
Quoting: leillo1975
Quoting: The_AquabatToo bad that the game still runs on OpenGL they updated the windows version to DirectX 11 but no Vulkan update.

It's a shame that devs choose DX11 as API instead Vulkan. I can't understand that being a multiplatform game (Linux, Windows and Mac) they do this. I'm certainly worried that they have made this decision concerning Linux support.

While they didn't say anything about upping the OpenGL version, is very clear to me that something is changing on the Linux version, on ATS, that got the 1.36 update. Performance definitively got a uplift. Is not Vulkan, but they did not forgot Linux, that is for sure.
M@GOid 30 Nov, 2019
Quoting: tuubiMy biggest gripe with the graphics is the lack of functioning AA. The game (and ATS too) lets me pick SMAA, but the setting has no effect that I can see. And no matter how much I bump the internal resolution, there's aliasing and moiré effects all over the place.

Despite all this, I love these truck sims to bits. Perfect games to relax with.

These games are notorious for aliasing problems, even on Windows. My solution used to be running the game at 400% scale, at last AMD cards, didn't get a big performance penalty. But since about 1.33 that was not a option anymore, with big performance loss.

The last updates on ATS (1.36) got the SMAA functioning more or less properly, so a combination of 200% scaling and SMAA on high is giving good results to me (on a RX570) so far.
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