Introducing ProMods: The Great Steppe – Out now!

The first version of ProMods: The Great Steppe has been released! But what exactly is The Great Steppe and what does it add? Fear not, for all shall be answered in this blog.

What is The Great Steppe?

The Great Steppe is a map mod first released in 2017 that covers a significant chunk of Kazakhstan and has been a mainstay in many people’s map combos for years. At the end of 2021 the original author, 09_KZ, decided to step down as developer of the mod and offered the map to us to take up ownership. After some consideration to ensure we would have the manpower to take over the project and just over a year of work later, the first version of ProMods: The Great Steppe has arrived!

What’s new in ProMods: The Great Steppe?

Version 1.0.0 includes all the legacy content from 09_KZ as well as the first stage of our project to rebuild the map with the most up-to-date mapping techniques and detail. In 1.0.0, we’ve rebuilt two cities from scratch, Uralsk and Zhimpity, as well as extensively refreshed two more, Shetpe and Sai-Otes.

We’ve also rebuilt 3 roads:

  • The A-28 between Uralsk and Chapayev
  • The A-29 between Uralsk and the RU-KZ border crossing
  • The M-32 between Uralsk and Zhimpity
  • And refreshed the A-33 between Beyneu and Shetpe.

Within the new map areas are a wide array of brand new 3D models and assets, as well as new AI vehicle skins with new, authentic license plates. There’s also a collection of genuine Kazakh companies and custom prefabs. We’ve also introduced a number of bug fixes to ensure that the legacy area of the map is as stable as possible.

What’s the load order?

The Great Steppe 1.0.0 (TGS) can be loaded both as a ProMods Addon and as a standalone map mod. To use TGS with ProMods, the two files should be placed below the rest of the ProMods files.
To use The Great Steppe as a standalone mod, you will also have to activate the FLD Prefab pack, available from the SCS Forums. However, the FLD Prefab Pack is not required if you’re using TGS in conjunction with another mod that already includes the pack within its files. (Map mods like ProMods and RusMap already include the FLD pack)

There’s no road connection?

If you’re only using The Great Steppe with the other ProMods maps, you’ll probably notice that there’s no physical connection between TGS and the rest of the map. This is intentional. While we would have loved to create a connection to the rest of the map, doing so would have required a significant amount of development time.

If we were to hold back the release of 1.0.0 until a connection was finished, the community wouldn’t have had access to an updated version of the map that’s compatible with the latest version of ETS2 for many months, possibly over a year. Instead of holding the map back, we’ve released it without a connection.

The current workaround for accessing the map is as follows: If you’re only using TGS, or you’re just using it in combination with the other ProMods mods, you can access the map by using the ‘quick travel’ feature that’s accessible on the main menu on your in-game profile.

Alternatively, you can use other map mods to create a road connection between Europe and The Great Steppe. See our List of Recommended Compatible Maps.

Please note: When combining large quantities of maps together in one profile, you may find that the game crashes when viewing the in-game world map. This can be resolved by loading a Zoom Crash Fix mod.

Is it compatible with TruckersMP?

Yes! Well, not yet at the time of this blog post’s release. But the TruckersMP team is working on enabling The Great Steppe as an optional mod on the ProMods TruckersMP servers as soon as possible! Keep an eye on TruckersMP’s social media for when its compatibility is announced.

What DLC does it require?

The Great Steppe requires the same DLCs as all our other map mods for ETS2, that is all the currently available map DLC.

How do I download it?

You can download the latest version from our homepage at Previous versions of the mod can be downloaded from our addons page. (once future versions are available)

ProMods 1.45 updates and Prague meetup

ProMods 1.45 updates

ProMods Europe, ProMods Middle East, ProMods Canada, the Trailer & Company Pack and the Cabin Accessories Pack have all been updated to version 1.45 of ETS2 and ATS!

ProMods 2.62 is the first of our new smaller updates, as discussed in the previous blog. It comes with a host of new content as well as a brand new country – Malta!

ProMods Middle East 2.62 also comes with some changes, these being rebuilds around the Gulf of Aqaba and in Turkey.

ProMods Canada 1.2.1 is a compatibility update with critical bug fixes. Work is still being done to expand the map in all directions! You can keep up to date with development here.

Prague meetup

Last month you may have seen us appear on SCS Software’s social media. Why were we in Prague? Well, the reason for this was because – after some considerable planning (and travelling) – we had a grand team meetup for the first time since ProMods started in 2012! Smaller sporadic meetups of a few team members have happened before, but this was the first time so many of us have met in person. And where else to hold this meeting but Prague, home of SCS Software. We had a packed couple of days in the Czech capital, enjoying the company of SCS, the sights of the city, the local cuisine and of course the bars!

Thursday (and before)

Some of our team members had to travel quite the distance across the continent (2000+ km by car!) so in order to reach Prague on time they had already left days before. Others came from even further (New Zealand!) so planned a longer stay in Europe. But on Thursday almost everybody embarked on their journey to Prague by train, coach, car and plane (with pretty much everyone suffering from public transport issues at some point!)


On the first day we were kindly invited along to SCS Software’s offices just outside the city centre. We are incredibly thankful to SCS for offering to invite us for the morning when they heard of our grand meetup. Our founders ScuL and Nico gave a short presentation to some of SCS’s staff, including CEO Pavel Šebor, after which we were all shown around the office. Our team then had a go on the motion rigs, with only a few crashes ensuing! After a fantastic morning at SCS – and some selfies with the CEO – we explored the city sights before meeting for dinner at a delightful restaurant in the centre.


Thanks to excellent preparation by ProMods founder ScuL, our second day was packed with activities. We had a fun morning of bowling followed by pool, darts and various other bar games. Moderator Volleybal4life (or should we say Bowling4life) was crowned winner of the inaugural ProMods Bowling Championship! After this we once again explored the sights of the city before many of us reconvened for drinks and dinner. It was another great evening, but all too soon we had to say our goodbyes and most of us headed home the next day.

This is what some of our members had to say about the meetup:

Developer bricksathome said:

“It was great to finally meet some of the team that I’ve been part of for 5 years in person. Getting to tour the SCS offices and chat to some of the people behind the game was a fantastic opportunity and it was weirdly surreal to walk around and see the map editor, a program that I’d spend so much time using as a hobbyist, open on everyone’s screen in a professional setting. Prague is a beautiful city that vastly exceeded my expectations, it was a great time all-round.”

Moderator Volleybal4life said:

“The trip was great, meeting fellow ProModders and SCS peeps was a nice experience. To me, the journey to the meetup proved how good the spirit within ProMods is. Chris94_NOR just waits in Berlin for 3 peeps (MandelSoft, Nico and me) he never met in person before, to take them to Prague, to make sure they are getting there in time too. Furthermore, I’m the winner of the very first ProMods Bowling Championship, so that goes into the history books. ScuL planned it all very well – the meeting at SCS, dinner and bowling.”

Developer ETS2-User said:

“It was fun to recognise the way people text and their humour, which I’ve known for 7 years now, in the actual people I met for the first time. It was a meeting of old friends but took the team spirit to a new level, as we finally got to know each other in person.”

Beta tester AlexBr967 said:

“Honestly, it was great to meet everyone. I thought it would be more awkward but honestly I think because I knew a lot of people from discord it was more like meeting people I already met before. Also having an excuse to visit a city outside England was absolutely amazing.”

While it was a shame the meetup couldn’t go on for longer, there was no question that it had been a great success. Everyone agreed that we shouldn’t wait long before organising the next one!

ProMods update blog

We’re back with another blog, this time covering updates with the team and mod.

ProMods 1.44 Updates

ProMods Europe, ProMods Middle East, ProMods Canada, the Trailer & Company Pack and the Cabin Accessories Pack have all been updated to version 1.44 of ETS2/ATS!

ProMods Europe 2.61 incorporates SCS’s newly rebuilt Austria and some critical bug fixes and map tweaks.

ProMods Middle East 2.61 is a compatibility update and includes overhauled sign fonts and licence plates.

ProMods Canada 1.2.0 adds the TCH-1 from Hope to Cache Creek and expands West Kelowna.

ProMods Community Convoy

On the 11th June we hosted what we think turned out to be (despite a couple hiccups) a very successful community convoy, our 2nd ever. We are glad a lot of people turned up to drive and of course watch the live streams of not just us, but other members of the community. If you missed our stream you can watch it here. We hope to hold more of these convoys in future and have already gathered some valuable feedback from the event. We had fun live-streaming it and hope you enjoyed the drive! We’d like to thank our new event manager SvartWolf for helping organise the event, and thanks also to everyone from TruckersMP for their help.

Recruiting developers and beta testers

In the convoy stream we mentioned we are still looking for more fantastic developers and beta testers, and even moderators to join our team. If you have aspirations to join our developer team, please showcase your work on our forum or on our discord server so we can give valuable feedback and help grow your skills in mapping and/or modelling. We can then assess the best people to join our team!

Similarly with beta testers, if you’d like to help tackle all of the pesky bugs in our maps, be sure to report in detail on our forum where we can then pick the most enthusiastic and dedicated users to join our testing team.

Future releases

As a team, we have been discussing how to structure our future ETS2 releases. Currently, we have a rather varied release system, with a mix of compatibility updates, medium-sized updates and the big ‘2.x0’ releases. In order to further smooth our release process and workflow, we have decided to move towards adding content in each compatibility update – in short, more medium-sized releases. We feel this will be beneficial to both us as a team and you, the community, for a number of reasons:

  • Currently, we simply don’t have the manpower available to create big releases while sustaining our current quality level.
  • Perfectly ready content is held up unnecessarily, just to save it for the big ‘2.x0’ releases. Moving away from big releases stops this backlog.
  • Content will go out as soon as it is finished, providing new content in every version. This means that every new version will have something new for you, the community, to enjoy and to make the effort of downloading the new updates worth it.
  • Smaller releases let us spread out content for testing over time, allowing testers to focus more on smaller areas. This should lead to bugs being discovered earlier, thus improving the quality of the mod.
  • More frequent releases also makes the map more stable, preventing double bug-fixing jobs in the various map areas we work on.
  • Management of releases is easier to do with less new content in them.

Teasers for future release

Lastly, there’s lots of exciting content coming up, so can anyone guess where these are?