The Scania new generation trucks will drive into the hugely popular Euro Truck Simulator 2 game before summer. The team from SCS Software, the makers of the game, recently spent three full days at Scania’s DemoCentre in Södertälje scrutinising the new S- and R-cabs in the smallest detail.
The scanned results will now form the basis for continued 3D work in bringing the truck into the game. “Normally, a job such as this takes 8–10 man-months and we will divide the work in two with one artist taking the exterior and another the interior,” says Hynek Svatoš, Vehicle Team Leader at SCS Software. “We can therefore look forward to seeing the new generation trucks in the game by late spring. Our fans have already introduced the new trucks into the game as fan-made modifications. We, however, have very high requirements on accuracy.”
The team spent many painstaking hours marking the trucks for subsequent scanning. “One might characterise this as reverse engineering,” explains Svatoš. “We now use an industrial 3D scanner to register all data and measurements.”
The Euro Truck Simulator series of games have sold over four million copies since they were first launched in 2008. The games have a tremendous following, particularly in Scandinavia, Germany, UK, and Russia, but also outside of Europe in countries with strong trucking subcultures, such as Turkey and the Latin American countries. “We continuously update the game and our community helps us expand it beyond our own capacity. Our fans are keen on trucks and we are passionate about what we do.”