World of Trucks: answers from the developers

Questions & Answers
Since the launch of the ETS 2 Update 1.22 open beta the developers were literally inundated with hundreds of questions about the upcoming changes in our beloved game. And now, finally, they are going to answer the most popular ones. So, here we go:

Question: Why are all contracts has the same time limit of 6 hours?

Answer: Right now during the initial tests, we have fixed the time limit to be the same relatively short time window. There may be multiple server restarts during beta updates, and we wanted to avoid frustrating players who are mid-delivery if longer delivery times were available initially. In the future we plan to enhance this functionality, the time limit will be set individually depending on the job. Contract delivery limits are tightly related to implementation of future gameplay, and there are various consequences of what will happen if cargo expires (please stay tuned for that).

Question: I want to drive to the point where you can take a contract from World of Truck, istead of "teleport" there.

Answer: This is perfectly understandable, we aim to make this possible in a future World of Trucks update, for now we have started with the simplest possible "quick job" type of setup.

You are going to turn Euro Truck Simulator 2 into the online game?
Question: You are going to convert your single-player game into the online game?

Answer: World of Trucks is envisioned as an optional layer created alongside the existing single player game. We will keep improving the singleplayer experience and add more features and content to the standard game, but we do not want to overhaul it and "fix" what most players would not consider broken. World of Trucks should -eventually - offer an alternate "metagame" with rich - but controlled - player to player interaction, the possibility to form Virtual Truck Companies, and eventually to make it possible to share the same world and make up convoys in a shared multiplayer game.

Question: Why there is the speed limit in 90 km/h for all the World of Trucks contracts. I want to get rid of this limitation. Why can't I do it?

Answer: As the future of World of Trucks is the same universe shared by many players, we have to make sure all players are on the same footing and have equal opportunities as well as limitations. At the moment we are looking for the right balance between strict control of certain aspects of gameplay and the ability to customize the experience according to player's preferences. In any case, at the core of the game there must be a set of "canonical" rules that everybody will have to adhere to so that there is fair comparison between players and their skills. The speed limiter currently looks like a solid candidate for such a limitation - otherwise people bending physical and legal rules would have an edge over players playing by the book.

How to change the starting city in the World of Trucks contracts?
Question: Can I change my starting city for the World of Trucks contracts?

Answer: You will be able to re-select it after Beta. However, you don’t really have to do that. There’s no long-term consequence there, there is no such thing as a wrongly selected starting place. This selection is needed just to start you on the string of World of Trucks jobs.

Question: Why there aren't World of Trucks contracts in or from Scandinavia?

Answer: Currently only the base game is connected to World of Trucks. Please be patient with us, we are already working on the system to allow you to connect Going East!, Scandinavia and any future map DLC’s to World of Trucks.

What did you do with the game time?
Question: I don't understand this time system in the World of Trucks and the game. Why introduce another time system, if all players are familiar with the system that already in the game?

Answer: Based on initial feedback, it looks like we need to improve the presentation of the World of Trucks time in the game and on the site. The whole system is based on real time, not on "compressed" game time, for logical reasons - when there are thousands of people playing the game and sharing the same persistent job data, they cannot each use their local game time to coordinate their activities. And it had better be based on a globally understandable concept of time - like Coordinate Universal Time - rather than something artificial again. So all the servers will be using World of Trucks time, but for player comfort, this may eventually be adjustable to your local time zone, and also we'll try to adjust things to displaying relative time left until a deadline instead of any absolute time listed.

Question: I can't understand how much money I earned for the World of Trucks contracts.

Answer: What we are launching now is an intermediary step, a hybrid combining the standard single player game with a persistent online system. We will introduce a totally separate economy system into World of Trucks later, using different rates and costs (closer to real world) than what we established a few years ago already for the needs of the accelerated single player game. It may be a little bit confusing right now, as you are receiving in-game money for World of Trucks contracts, but it won’t be so forever.

What about the fuel consumption?
Question: Why can't I see the fuel consumption in World of Trucks contracts?

Answer: We are working on it as we speak and hopefully by the end of beta it will be enabled in some form. Proper handling of fuel consumption and associated expenses will be a part of a later stage of development of World of Trucks when we introduce more of VTC gameplay. As of now with any truck you drive, fuel is still consumed, it's just not so simple for us to report it as the online Contract job may be interrupted or even interlaced with a standard single player job.

Question: I would like to see a map showing all the contracts in World of Trucks, which helped me choose the most appropriate one.

Answer: We’d like you to see it as well. And we are working on it .

What about the sound in the game?
Question: What happened with the sound of Volvo trucks?

Answer: Currently the sfx are undergoing equalization polish. Especially the in-cabin sound is indeed somewhat in “unbalanced” state. We are in the process of introducing our recent real truck sound recordings into the game, things are a bit raw so far in current betas.

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 2015-12-15 04:50:21

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