ProMods and TMP: The First Weekend

As most of you will have noticed, two weeks ago TMP opened their servers for ProMods. Seeing so many of you try it out made us very proud of the hard work we have delivered over the last months. Apart from some small hiccoughs, we can safely say that the launch was an enormous success.

If you missed the whole ProMods Multiplayer compatibility story, read:
https://blog.promods.net/2019/10/promods-goes-multiplayer/

If you are running into problems getting it to work, click here:
https://truckersmp.com/knowledge-base/article/614

If you want to see the current state of the servers, go here:
https://truckersmp.com/status

Infrastructure

We had anticipated an increase of activity on our services, but the way you guys hit us last weekend struck us as a complete surprise. All of our old records were shattered. We have never seen so many people on our forum at the same time before. We have never seen so many people register in a single weekend. We have never served this amount of bandwidth in a weekend. And the list keeps going on. We want to thank you for this overwhelming support!

A special shoutout must be made to Rick from Simulator Radio. He kindly offered some additional servers for the free download service, which really saved us that weekend. The demand for our services was 5 times higher than we had anticipated, giving us some serious headache. We did add more bandwidth to the free download server ourselves, but we were unable to keep up with the demand. Simulator Radio reached out and offered 3 high performance servers, which we added to the pool on top of our existing servers. During this time, we noticed a 99% success rate of downloads completing compared to a very small percentage of people complaining about problems (in the scheme of things).

In the image you can clearly see a rise in requests. This was very much unexpected – for the first 24 hours, Cloudflare kept us online, but we had to upgrade some services to prevent any future outages. The top 5 requests came from the following countries:

  • Germany at 4,463,016
  • Turkey at 2,403,503
  • Poland at 2,183,169
  • Russia at 1,379,813
  • France at 1,338,208

Looking back at the launch now, we have gathered a lot of useful data for future releases. We will evaluate them to improve our systems for the future. A small word of advice to the players; In the future we plan to have a new ProMods version available before TMP opens the servers, so you can already download the mod beforehand.

Last but not least, of course we enjoyed ourselves as well by driving around our map. Below are some of the screenshots that our team members took during their journeys.

ProMods goes Multiplayer

ProMods 2.42 brings compatibility with the most popular mod for Euro Truck Simulator 2: TruckersMP. If you want to remain playing Singleplayer there is no need to update your ProMods, since 2.42 does not add any new content. If you are planning on playing ProMods on Multiplayer then ProMods 2.42 is a must (ProMods 2.42 will also work on Singleplayer). ProMods 2.42 will ONLY work on ETS2 version 1.35.

Keep in mind that TruckersMP hasn’t put the ProMods server online yet. Follow their socials to get a notification when the ProMods servers go live.

ProMods 2.42 brings some very essential fixes in order to get TruckersMP compatible with ProMods. Some people might think that this was an easy task but let me assure you: it wasn’t. Several big changes had to be made in prefab data all over the map. While we did try to fix most of the compatibility issues, we can only gather enough data when a lot of people are using it. Hence why 2.42 is considered an “Open Beta”, where we are still gathering data about potential problems that may arise while playing ProMods in TruckersMP.

Since ProMods was never designed to work with TruckersMP in mind, it is a humongous task to get everything working from the first try. We expect to release an update for the 2.42 within a short timeframe (1-2 months) also to accommodate the 1.36 update which is currently in Open Beta. 

We’ll be opening a new section of the forum where you can report any issues you face whilst running 2.42 with TruckersMP – Please note that if you find an issue that you suspect is caused by the TruckersMP client consider reporting the issue on TruckersMP’s site as we would like to reserve our forums for issues caused by ProMods in combination with TruckersMP only.

ProMods 2.42 will give you guys a first glance in what TruckersMP and ProMods have to offer for you. The coming ProMods version will contain tons of fixes to make the experience better. Not to forget that we are also still working on creating new areas, both in ETS2 and ATS. To keep up to date with these development, visit our forums.

We expect that many of you will have questions as to how exactly ProMods will work in TruckersMP and how you can start playing ProMods on TruckersMP yourself. It is highly likely that you can find the answers to your questions in the Knowledge Base Articles that TruckersMP will be posting on their website closer to the release. All you need from us is the newest ProMods version (in this case ProMods 2.42) installed in your mod folder. If ProMods 2.42 works in singe player, it will also work in Multiplayer. 

But what if I only want to play single player?

ProMods 2.42 will work on both TruckersMP and the single player game, if you only wish to play on single player consider ProMods 2.42 to be a normal update and all future ProMods versions will be compatible with both single player and TruckersMP. Keep in mind that ProMods 2.42 adds nothing new compared to ProMods 2.41, so the update is not a must for people who want to play single player only. Our new partnership with TruckersMP doesn’t mean we’ll be operating any differently to how we did before, we’ll still be improving and expanding the map in the same way we’ve been doing for the past six years.

Compatibility Updates for ETS2 1.35 Released

Less than a month ago SCS released the new Euro Truck Simulator 2 1.35 update. Considering our final testing phase takes 2~3 weeks we have managed to push this large update out in record breaking time.

It wasn’t easy to get ProMods 2.4 converted for this new version; taking a lot of time and practically all our resources. Not only did we have to update many models to be able to support DirectX 11, and some of our road elements to support the new voice navigation feature… We also had to merge in the new parts of the SCS Germany rework and since some of these areas were already rebuilt in ProMods, we had to merge various bits and pieces from our work into the work from the SCS developers.

However, we think that we have struck a good balance between SCS and ProMods mapping. For example, Nuremberg is still present as a ProMods city, with the highway system upgraded to the standard from the SCS team. And not only did we do merging work, but we also upgraded many assets along the way, such as in Ukraine. This is only the start of what is to come in this area.

There were many bugs arising from the newly implemented feature of voice navigation, so we fixed our prefabs so that the player is given the correct instructions. Unfortunately, there are a small number of issues which we were unable to resolve – at least for now. So the same rule applies for voice navigation as in real life: “Don’t trust the satnav blindly!”

With this conversion and merge behind us, we can now fully focus our resources on creating ProMods 2.5, and, of course, on our other project, ProMods Canada.

The support for DirectX 11 in Euro Truck Simulator 2 also made compatibility updates of our add-ons Trailer & Company Pack and Cabin Accessories Pack necessary. Both updates are available for download now.

ProMods 2.40 With Merged Baltics is Available Now!

Finally we have finished the merge of the new Beyond the Baltic Sea DLC with ProMods and now you can enjoy this new DLC together with our mod. This new version will therefore require users to have the new Beyond the Baltic Sea DLC installed to use it.

In this version, about 30 cities were added or improved in Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Sweden. We also worked on many roads and landscapes in different countries.

To reduce the files size and clean up our mod, we removed some old prefabs and models which were no longer in use or where better versions are available now. So if you use other maps in combination with ProMods, there’s a change that these add-on maps may be broken and require an update themself.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

We have decided to release version 2.40 for ETS 2 build 1.34 as that is the current and official version. ProMods 2.40 brings in the Beyond the Baltic Sea DLC content and has been in development for quite a while now, so we did not want to withhold release any longer. It may take up to a month for SCS to release build 1.35, which will render this version INCOMPATIBLE.

It is your personal decision whether you want to access the new 2.40 content now, or if you wish to spare your €1 and wait until the next ProMods update will be released, which will support 1.35. This is likely to be at least six weeks away, and even more likely to be even longer to fully get all 1.35 content back in ProMods.

You can always roll back your game version in the Steam Library properties selecting “temporary_1_34 – 1.34.x for incompatible mods” – when 1.35 is out.

40,000 Facebook Likes and Merging Progress for our Upcoming Version

Our Facebook page recently reached a massive 40,000 likes. We’re proud to deliver an enhanced experience to so many fans, so we’re always happy to see our community growing even larger. If you haven’t already, give us a like – let’s see how quickly we can reach 50k! You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

To celebrate this milestone we thought we’d give some extra insight into the merging process of the Beyond the Baltic Sea DLC and SCS’ rebuilt northern Germany.

Previously, merging new DLCs with our map was a relatively easy job. The Scandinavia DLC only shared one real border with our map. Therefore, creating compatibility with our pack was easy, even though we sadly had to say goodbye to many ProMods v1.0 areas and memories. The same goes for the Italy DLC, where most of our mapping was already a few years old and had aged poorly, especially due to the lack of models for the distinctive Italian architecture which SCS did such a good job with. Only France was a bit more challenging, but the rebuilt old map in Northern France provided a bit of a buffer between our map and the DLC, which made things easier. With the Germany rebuild and Beyond the Baltic Sea DLC, however, merging has proven to be a much more complicated task.

More Borders

In the previous merges we often could copy-paste large areas very quickly, and connecting them was not hard. This DLC is a completely different story. We have many small areas that need merging individually. Pasting a small area into the map is not a big deal, but connecting it properly can be difficult.

For example, we have previously done massive rebuilds in Elbłąg and Suwałki, such that the road network on the Polish side of the border has undergone many changes. This meant that at some points the road alignment made re-connecting the roads very difficult. One of the bigger problems is that the border crossings in our map were a kilometer further north than the ones from SCS. We had to compress and sometimes completely rebuild the entire border area.

What also didn’t help was that at the border area near Suwałki there was a height difference of 50 meters between SCS’ and our mapping. It was a big challenge to facilitate this difference without creating a new (and rather unrealistic) “alpine road”. There were similar problems for some of our scenery villages and towns in the Baltic States.

Finland

Finland was another hard merge. ProMods Finland is bigger than that of the DLC so we decided to remove our overlapping part. This makes sense because our southern Finland was comprised of some of the oldest mapping in the mod, so we have retired it while retaining plenty of ProMods content in northern Finland. Although this eliminated the need to merge many small areas back in, we were still left with many roads to connect, again all with different heights. Furthermore, some of our northern Finland is aging as well, so we have started refreshing our areas with the new assets the DLC brings. Some cities have already received a makeover, such as Oulu and Vaasa; others remain to be done. A more specific problem was that Pori had no obvious connection to the north to Vaasa and Oulu. We had to improvise there with completely new landscape.

Germany Merge

This may be the hardest project of them all. Our Autobahn Rebuilding Project (ARP) started almost 4 years ago! The challenge here is to try and keep the best of both worlds, but it’s sadly not as simple as just choosing between ProMods and SCS city by city or road by road: not only are there the aforementioned height differences to deal with, but we have to keep the mapping style reasonably consistent throughout the map or player immersion will be broken. Now that SCS has provided new and better assets we have to incorporate them into our mapping to stop it looking dated.

Moreover, mapping techniques and standards have evolved over the last 4 years to the extent that the oldest areas feel technically unrefined, even ugly, next to the newest ones – even with refreshed assets. In such cases it can be easier to start from scratch, which ultimately delivers a better map but requires a lot of developer time and motivation.

But That’s Not All!

While the merging was going on, brand new content has been prepared as well. The Czech Republic got a serious overhaul and there has been some expansion in the Balkans and in Scotland as well. There are a few additions here and there spread all over the map, all laid out for you to discover in the next version! We can reveal that we are nearly done merging everything we planned for ProMods version 2.40 (you may have previously seen it referred to as version 2.35, but we decided that the amount of content justifies calling it 2.40) and have started the first testing phase.

You can expect more merged, rebuilt and brand new content in the DLC and Germany areas in future updates, especially in the Baltic states. Having said that, don’t be surprised if we overwrite many old ProMods areas with SCS work. We have got a lot of comments from fans who feel nostalgic about old ProMods work and want us to keep it. We feel nostalgic too! But we have to keep the map up to today’s standards which, sadly, means we have to say goodbye to the oldest areas. If we could, we’d always update everything to the latest standards, but this is not possible even with our large development team. Instead, we have to prioritise where we work, which means that SCS’ latest – and vastly improved since the game’s release – mapping has lower priority.

Of course, the release date of ProMods 2.40 is still unknown (even to us), but we can assure you that 2019 will bring many cool updates from our team for all ETS2 players.

ProMods 2.32 and Updated Add-ons Are Now Available!

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SCS Software has recently released update 1.33 for Euro Truck Simulator 2. We are proud to provide you with our compatibility updates for the ProMods map and both add-ons nearly at the same time. Do not expect any new content in these updates. However, we have included several language translations for city and cargo names, a new feature introduced in ETS2 1.33.

Please note that ProMods 2.32 is not officially compatible with the “Beyond the Baltic Sea” DLC. If you have the DLC, you can still run ProMods 2.32 but you would only be able to access the ProMods Baltic region rather than the DLC version. A future update to ProMods will require the DLC and allows you to explore SCS’s version of the Baltic region.

Download ProMods Map 2.32

Download Trailer & Company Pack 1.21

Download Cabin Accessory Pack 1.07

Reminder:

These are full releases. After installing these versions, make sure to delete your previous ProMods map and addon versions.

ProMods 2.31, Trailer & Company Pack 1.20 and Cabin Accessories Pack 1.06 are available!

Trailer & Company Pack 1.20

After a lot of time and effort, our map mod and addons are finally ready to be played with Euro Truck Simulator 2 version 1.32. Those of you who preferred to play with ownable trailers and SCS’s new northern Germany as soon as they were released can now enjoy the 5th anniversary edition of our map.

Each new game version brings different challenges to make our mods compatible. Sometimes it takes just a few days; sometimes, such as in this case, it takes several weeks.

The latest version of ETS2 introduced trailer ownership and accompanying changes to the economy system, so we had to spend a lot of time overhauling all of our companies.

SCS also reworked parts of Germany with their latest update. However, ProMods 2.31 will still include our own version of Germany for compatibility reasons with previous saved games. But work has already started to merge both versions of Germany to get the best of both worlds.

The biggest challenge this time though was the Trailer & Company Pack. On the surface it may seem like not much has changed, but don’t be fooled: trailer ownership and changed economy system meant the addon had to be completely restructured, hence the version number jumping up to 1.20.

With most of the original developers of the TCP being inactive, we reached out to the community for new skin artists. We are hugely grateful to those who came forward and helped complete the work necessary for release. But still, we’re looking for more people who can help with the making of the TCP! If you know how to create high quality textures with Photoshop or some similar software, or if you are familiar with 3D modelling using the SCS Blender Tools, then send LoaderSaints a PM on the forum showing what you are capable of doing. We wish to make some major progress on the TCP again after a while on the backburner – the France and Italy DLC companies still need real-life replacements.

The Cabin Accessories Pack also has been updated to version 1.06. This only is a minor update that fixes a few issues and adds 1.32 compatibility..

Download ProMods Map 2.31

Download Trailer & Company Pack 1.20

Download Cabin Accessory Pack 1.06

Reminder:

These are full releases. After installing these versions, make sure to delete your previous ProMods map and addon versions.

ProMods 2.30 has been Released!

Our lustrum edition is now finally available to the public. ProMods 2.30 will offer players many new cities and roads for ETS2 version 1.31. But from this version on, you must own the Going East! DLC, the Scandinavian DLC, the Vive La France! DLC as well as the Italia DLC in order for ProMods to work.

After nearly 5 years we have managed to also reach the south; Greece. And while expanding your map in all directions, we also fixed many bugs and tweaked some stuff from version 2.27. So here’s a quick overview about the changes in our current version:

  • Bulgaria: Монтана (Montana), Плевен (Pleven), Видин (Vidin)
  • Croatia: Senj, Šibenik, Split, Zadar
  • Cyprus: Λάρνακα (Larnaca), Λεμεσός (Limmasol), Λευκωσία (Nicosia), Πάφος (Paphos)
  • Denmark: Rebuilt: Padborg
  • France: Rebuilt: Lyon
  • Greece: Ηγουμενίτσα (Igoumenitsa, port), Ιωάννινα (Ioannina), Πτολεμαΐδα (Ptolemaida), Θεσσαλονίκη (Thessaloniki)
  • Italy: A4 Torino-Milano, A8-A9, Como (border). Rebuilt: Milano
  • Lithuania: Šiauliai, Ukmergė
  • Macedonia: Битола (Bitola), Скопје (Skopje), Охрид (Ohrid)
  • Netherlands: Moerdijk. Rebuilt: Rotterdam
  • Norway: Grumantbyen, Hammerfest. Improved: Longyearbyen
  • Poland: Ełk. Rebuilt: Suwałki
  • Serbia: Београд (Beograd), Крагујевац (Kragujevac), Ниш (Niš)
  • Spain: Jaca, Pamplona, Soria, Teruel, Valencia, Vinaròs, Zaragoza
  • Sweden: Kalix, Skellefteå, Ystad
  • Switzerland: Rebuilt: Bern
  • UK (England): Rebuilt: Croydon, London & M25
  • UK (Wales): Aberystwyth, Porthmadog

Our love for details also includes the guys who serve and protect you – the police. Of course we had to add proper police cars for Cyprus, Greece and Macedonia.

Since we increase the support of the Special Transport DLC, we added an option on our DEF generator page. If you want to transport that kind of load with ProMods, you need to activate that option.

So get your truck out of the workshop and have a blast with our new version!

Download ProMods 2.30

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

We have decided to release version 2.30 for ETS 2 build 1.31 as that is the current and official version. ProMods 2.30 has been in development for quite a while now and we did not want to withhold release any longer. It may take up to a month for SCS to release build 1.32, which will render this version INCOMPATIBLE.

It is your personal decision whether you want to access the new 2.30 content now, or if you wish to spare your $1 and wait until the next ProMods update will be released, which will support 1.32. This is likely to be at least six weeks away, if not longer.

You can always roll back your game version in the Steam Library properties selecting “temporary_1_31 – 1.31.x for incompatible mods” – when 1.32 is out.

Compatibility Updates for ETS2 1.31

We released updates of all of our mods to enable compatibility with the latest update of Euro Truck Simulator 2 to version 1.31.

ProMods Map 2.27

This is a plain compatibility update with bug fixes for major bugs only. As with the last version, the Italy DLC works with (but is not required for) this version.

You will see lots of new content with our upcoming version 2.30, as well as bug fixes for many minor bugs. There’s still a lot of work for us, but we are aiming to release our next big update by the end of summer. Note that version 2.30 will require the Italy DLC.

Download ProMods Map 2.27

Cabin Accessories Pack 1.05

Apart from the compatibility with ETS2 1.31 this pack includes two new caps featuring our logo. We also added support for the New Generation Scania.

Download Cabin Accessory Pack 1.05

Trailer & Company Pack 1.17

This is a plain compatibility update. We are working on adding animated trailer cables and new content, which will be added in the next major update to the addon.

Download Trailer & Company Pack 1.17

Reminder:

These are full releases. After installing these versions, make sure to delete your previous ProMods map or pack versions.

ProMods 2.26 with Special Transport DLC Support

The Special Transport DLC by SCS Software requires some new route information in the map files. Starting with ProMods 2.26 we will be adding support for this DLC.

The special routes that we are enabling in ProMods 2.26 are:

  • Reims (FR) – Strasbourg (FR)
  • Nantes (FR) – Civaux (FR)
  • Birmingham (UK) – Sheffield (UK)
  • Stavanger (NO) – Oslo (NO)

We are planning to add more routes in future versions as well. Keep in mind, the Special Transport DLC is completely optional, so don’t worry if you don’t have it yet!

A special transport near Stavanger (NO)

As with every release, we are fixing several bugs found in the previous version. And in addition, we also tweaked a few roads and cities. The Italy DLC is still optional for using ProMods, but will become a requirement for our 2.30 version.

Reminder: This is a full map release. After installing this version, make sure to delete your previous ProMods version. To reiterate, the Special Transport and Italia DLCs are compatible but not required.