ProMods Blog https://blog.promods.net Map expansion for Euro Truck Simulator 2 Thu, 07 Feb 2019 23:51:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 40,000 Facebook Likes and Merging Progress for our Upcoming Version https://blog.promods.net/2019/02/40000-facebook-likes-and-merging-progress-for-our-upcoming-version/ https://blog.promods.net/2019/02/40000-facebook-likes-and-merging-progress-for-our-upcoming-version/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2019 23:51:07 +0000 https://blog.promods.net/?p=884 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.

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Changes in the download methods https://blog.promods.net/2019/01/changes-in-the-download-methods/ https://blog.promods.net/2019/01/changes-in-the-download-methods/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:41:02 +0000 https://blog.promods.net/?p=867 Since 2013, our paid download service has been strictly set to $1 per download and we have kept that unchanged. Initially our payment gateway only supported USD. Times have changed, as has the popularity of our mod and the infrastructure we are hosting it on, therefore we have now changed the currency to EUR.

Why is the Euro a better option for us today?

  • the vast majority of ProMods users are European
  • the Euro is a leading worldwide currency and still gaining popularity
  • our payment gateway partners now finally support Euro payments
  • all of our infrastructure and server hosting bills are paid in Euro
  • PayPal takes a big chunk in fees for every Dollar exchanged to Euro

We are aware that changing the currency increases the price slightly, but we believe this shouldn’t be a major issue for our loyal fans. There is no plan to increase or change our pricing further, any time in the future. The main pack is set to €1 and the TCP to €0.50.

While our funds will increase slightly we can spend more money on our core infrastructure, amongst which the free download servers. Thanks to this change we can now offer a 50% speed increase on the free servers, to 300kb/s. The maximum amount of concurrent downloads remains set to two.

About our server infrastructure

Maybe you wonder what your €1 contribution means to us? Well, we use it to keep our infrastructure running and we cover our software licenses to keep expanding the mod.

Our main front-end systems run on on a network of servers hosted by Linode in Frankfurt and New York, and they are cached in the cloud globally by CloudFlare. They include two web servers that host the forum and the blog, a database server and a development server for the production environment of ProMods.

Paid downloads are hosted on servers provided by Amazon S3 and cached worldwide, through our partner Payloadz.
Free downloads are hosted on servers provided by Scaleway in Paris and Amsterdam. We scale these servers based on demand, and we typically use at least four to cope with a new release launch.

When we started in 2013 we hosted the mod on a simple file-sharing site, but it was enough to crash the website instantly. We had never imagined in our wildest dreams that our project would grow this big. On average ProMods generates a whopping 100TB of data traffic every month. Enough to get us lifetime bans on popular file-hosting sites.

Each month, the combined websites serve almost 40 million requests and despite DDoS protection, there are still 50,000 attempts to attack our site.
As you can see, these systems require money to keep ticking. Your contribution helps us paying for these servers and delivering our mod.

Alternative payment options

We often get questions about alternative payments by members  “not wanting a PayPal account”.
First of all; you can use a credit card without logging into PayPal and creating an account.
If you do have an account but require alternative means to top it up, you can bank transfer funds to your PayPal or use PaySafeCard to do so.

Unfortunately we currently do not have a solution for countries where PayPal is blocked by the government, our apologies for that. We can however reveal that our partner Payloadz is looking to support multiple alternative payment gateways some time in 2019.

Thank you so much for supporting ProMods!

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Happy New Year! https://blog.promods.net/2019/01/happy-new-year/ https://blog.promods.net/2019/01/happy-new-year/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2019 22:48:12 +0000 https://blog.promods.net/?p=860

It’s time to take a look back at 2018, which was a special year for our team. We celebrated the 5th anniversary of the release of ProMods 1.0! We expanded to the southeastern corner of Europe with Greece and Cyprus in version 2.3 of the map. We filled in more and more gaps in the map with all the details and unique places which keep the game interesting. And we also added support for the Special Transport DLC including new custom routes, with more to come in future map versions.

We Wish You a Happy New Year!

What’s in store for 2019? The next major version of the map will contain the new scenery of SCS’ Baltic region combined with a merge of our own work in the Baltics, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Please note, from then on, the “Beyond the Baltic Sea” DLC will be required for ProMods.

Work also continues to merge SCS’ rebuilt northern Germany with our previous work from the Autobahn Rebuilding Project. Merging projects of this scale is difficult; it’s not as simple as just joining together sections of SCS and ProMods mapping like a puzzle. Much of the northern ARP is a few years old by now, meaning that we have to perform asset upgrades for it not to look dated next to SCS’ more recent and polished work. In some cases it’s easiest to start over, so you can expect some brand new work in the next big update.

We also hope to bring you some major updates to the Trailer and Company Pack during 2019. The mod had to be restructured in 2018 due to SCS’ new trailer and cargo system, which has laid the groundwork for it to receive new content and quality upgrades.

You can always follow our development on our forums to get the latest news about the regions we are working on.

We would like to thank all of our fans for their dedication. Our community is still growing and we’re close to 40,000 followers on Facebook and 9,000 followers on Twitter. Thank you and enjoy the new year!

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ProMods 2.32 and Updated Add-ons Are Now Available! https://blog.promods.net/2018/11/promods-2-32-and-updated-add-ons-are-now-available/ https://blog.promods.net/2018/11/promods-2-32-and-updated-add-ons-are-now-available/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2018 23:29:37 +0000 https://blog.promods.net/?p=851 A12 - Latvia

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.

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Translators wanted! https://blog.promods.net/2018/11/translators-wanted/ https://blog.promods.net/2018/11/translators-wanted/#comments Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:28:15 +0000 https://blog.promods.net/?p=840 The upcoming release 1.33 of Euro Truck Simulator 2 will add new localisation options in the game.

In order to make ProMods fully compatible with those updates we are looking for volunteers that are willing to help us translate a few strings that will be included in our mod pack.

If you are fluent in English and speak one of the languages below, please reach out to us:

  • Catalan (ca_es)
  • Basque (eu_es)
  • Galician (gl_es)
  • Croatian (hr_hr)
  • Georgian (ka_ge)
  • Korean (ko_kr)
  • Macedonian (mk_mk)
  • Silesian (pl_si)
  • Slovakian (sk_sk)
  • Ukrainian (uk_uk)
  • Vietnamese (vi_vn)
  • Chinese (China PRC) (zh_cn)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (zh_tw)
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ProMods 2.31, Trailer & Company Pack 1.20 and Cabin Accessories Pack 1.06 are available! https://blog.promods.net/2018/10/promods-2-31-trailer-company-pack-1-20-and-cabin-accessories-pack-1-06-are-available/ https://blog.promods.net/2018/10/promods-2-31-trailer-company-pack-1-20-and-cabin-accessories-pack-1-06-are-available/#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:17:08 +0000 https://blog.promods.net/?p=834 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.

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ProMods 2.30 has been Released! https://blog.promods.net/2018/08/promods-2-30-has-been-released/ https://blog.promods.net/2018/08/promods-2-30-has-been-released/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2018 12:13:37 +0000 https://blog.promods.net/?p=813

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.

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Compatibility Updates for ETS2 1.31 https://blog.promods.net/2018/05/compatibility-updates-for-ets2-1-31/ https://blog.promods.net/2018/05/compatibility-updates-for-ets2-1-31/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 12:03:55 +0000 https://blog.promods.net/?p=794 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.

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ProMods 2.26 with Special Transport DLC Support https://blog.promods.net/2018/02/promods-2-26-with-special-transport-dlc-support/ https://blog.promods.net/2018/02/promods-2-26-with-special-transport-dlc-support/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:17:50 +0000 https://blog.promods.net/?p=776 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.

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Compatibility updates for ETS2 1.30 are available https://blog.promods.net/2017/12/compatibility-updates-for-ets2-1-30-are-available/ https://blog.promods.net/2017/12/compatibility-updates-for-ets2-1-30-are-available/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:48:45 +0000 https://blog.promods.net/?p=758 Shortly after the official release of Euro Truck Simulator 2 version 1.30 we can provide you with the compatibility updates of our mods: Cabin Accessory Pack, Trailer & Company Pack and of course the ProMods Map itself.

We also prepared the map to be compatible with the upcoming Italy DLC by SCS. By removing the colliding parts of our version of Italy, you can use this ProMods version with and without the Italy DLC. If you own garages in Genova, Parma, Vicenza, Modena, Bologna, Firenze and Livorno, please sell them before updating ProMods to avoid crashing your profile. Trieste will still be included in this version.

For this release we had to manually replace over 4000 traffic signs as some new traffic rules were implemented. Each country should now have the highway traffic rule signs for the highways (if any), and the standard traffic rule version for other roads of each country.

Aberdeen (UK)

Ullapool (UK)

But we also improved some parts of the map in Czech Republic, Slovakia, and also rebuilt Scottish motorways like the A90. In exchange for the removed parts in Italy, we added new cities Drammen (NO), Lacq (FR), Orléans (FR) and Ullapool (UK). The cities Reims (FR) and Aberdeen (UK) have been rebuilt for this version.

This is a full map release. So after updating the files in your mod folder, ensure to delete our previous ProMods map files. The Italy DLC is compatible but not required.

Download ProMods Map 2.25

You can download our add-on packs here:

Download Trailer & Company Pack 1.15   Download Cabin Accessory Pack 1.04

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