Welcome back once again. This week’s preview focuses on one of the most expanded countries in ProMods 2.50, Ukraine, as well as the first taste of brand new content in Moldova.
Ukraine is not only the second largest country in Europe, but also very important for international traffic. Its main roads connect central Europe with Russia, the Caucasus and even central Asia. So, no surprise that sooner or later we had to include this country in the ProMods map. There have been multiple approaches in the past: Ukraine was originally added with version 2.0 (two cities: Uzhhorod and Mukachevo). This work aged noticeably, so both cities got a complete rebuild with version 2.41. Meanwhile, development was started on the city of Kovel, but it was never finished and has become outdated over the last few years as well. But now we finally have a developer working on Ukraine again, PapierSUHD, and so there is lots of new content to add in 2.50. So, what can you expect from Ukraine in this update?
Five new cities have been added, spread over two oblasts (provinces) and linked by over 700 km of new roads. You will be able to see a great variety of landscapes from north to south:
Starting in the very north, you are driving through dense forests surrounding Kovel.
On the way south, passing Lutsk and Lviv, the landscape turns into vast fields.
And following the M-06 from Lviv further south, you reach Stryi and the Carpathians open up to you. These mountains are really a contrast to the rest of Ukraine in terms of landscape.
Of course, there are some small scenery villages as well.
But to make Ukraine look like Ukraine it’s not only important to represent the landscape and road network correctly, but also to fill it with accurate details. Let’s start with the UI map. Ukraine has switched from blue road number backgrounds to red some time ago, so we updated all road overlays on the map. The navigation signs have received special attention to detail. There is no generic system, so they all had to be created individually. Even if you drive with a navigation system, it is still worth taking a look at the signs. While there are not as many of them as signs, they are also important for the feeling of being in Ukraine: unique city monuments. Maybe you will discover some of them on your next trip? Finally, we hope you’ll notice that the new cities have received 100% real and custom companies. Each loading and unloading point is different from the others. At some of them you even have to have your documents checked before entering.
PapierSUHD doesn’t like to give too much away, so he selected his favourite spots for the screenshots in this post while leaving much, much more for you to discover. Are you ready to experience Ukraine in ProMods?
Moldova was also originally added back in ProMods 2.0, along with Romania. However, the difference in age and quality between old Moldova and the new Romania from SCS’ Road to the Black Sea DLC was so great that we felt it couldn’t be included in that state. Therefore, Moldova was removed in 2.45 and our lead developer MandelSoft has been working hard at making the country from scratch.
The first stage of this was completed in time for inclusion in ProMods 2.50: the city of Balti and the connection to Romania are making a return.
That’s all for this preview. We hope you’re getting excited for ProMods 2.50, and as always, thanks for reading and we’ll see you next time.