The 1.45 Open Beta branch for Euro Truck Simulator 2 is now available to try and test out. Including support for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. Having personally tested the Linux build myself. Due note, that this Beta branch has been released earlier than usual. It is also a work in progress Linux build that contains known issues and bugs. If you plan on taking part in this Open Beta, help SCS by reporting any bugs you may encounter. Doing so in the appropriate section(s) of the games the official forums.
So, what does the 1.45 Open Beta has in store?
If you wish to take part in the open beta. You can find this version in the public_beta branch on Steam. The way to access it is as follows: Steam client → LIBRARY → right-click on Euro Truck Simulator 2. Then click → Properties → Betas tab → public_beta → 1.45 Open Beta. No password required. You might have to restart your Steam client to see the correct branch name there.
The city of Hannover has been given a fresh look and has been completely reworked for 1.45 Open Beta. Similar to the Austria rework, SCS has more or less deleted the entire city and started from scratch. The city circle has been moved, while keeping as much from it as possible.
That’s not the case with the city center and southern part. Since these areas now feature a completely different layout with a new economy. Which also consists of some unique depots in the world of Euro Truck Simulator 2.
One of the most unique areas arriving in this game rework will be the very famous Hannover Messe. Since it is one of the world’s largest trade halls. And also one of our biggest tests in 1.45 Open Beta. Due to the fact that the additional part is almost a 1:1 scale. Dedicated to the topic of industry development, trucks and trailers. That always take the spotlight during the IAA event. Which is an exhibition for commercial vehicles. As well as a chance for brands to showcase their constant tech advancements and evolution.
Perhaps this area might come in handy later this year. Explore this reworked area in the 1.45 Open Beta update. Read more about it in the previous dedicated blogposts.
Ownable Tank Trailers via 1.45 Open Beta
There is also a long-awaited addition coming to the selection of purchasable trailers – ownable cisterns!
For now, there are two different types of tank trailers to the games. Fuel Tanks and Silos (Dry Bulk trailers). Both types will have different customizations and use. And don’t worry, there are plans to bring more versions of this trailer in the future.
The fuel cisterns in Euro Truck Simulator 2 are for transport of combustible liquids. For silos, you will be able to deliver a number of bulk materials with them. Such as, sand, concrete, or grain. Tank Trailers will feature a selection of 4 connection types (Single, Double, B-double, HCT).
1.45 Open Beta will see you hauling these new cistern trailers in your company. How you will customize them? You can read more about ownable Tank Trailers. And also what you can customize at the previous dedicated blogpost.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Krone Trailer Pack (Linux, Mac, Windows PC)
Krone Trailers Pack DLC Update
Owners of the Krone Trailer Pack DLC will receive two new trailers. Doing so as part of a free update in 1.45 Open Beta. The new Profi Liner Building trailer, and the Paper Liner trailer. These new three-axle trailers will both come with lift axles. So what can be hauled with these new trailers?
The Krone Paper Liner curtain sider trailer is used. Due to haul standard cargo and Krone’s updated Profi Liner Building Material. The drop side trailer allows drivers to transport goods. Such as seed bags, fertilizer, plant substrate, outdoor floor tiles, roof tiles, and bricks. You will also find a new freight market cargo for the Boxliner. Which consists of two stacked box liner chassis for hauling!
Both trailers also come with optional accessories. Including original Krone paint jobs, side skirts, pallet boxes, tire stores, and bumpers. This 1.45 Open Beta update also includes five new Krone accessories for your cabin. Including cute bear and truck toys. but that’s not all.
SCS are working closely with the fantastic team at Krone. Due to bring you an accurate representation of the Krone production plant in game. But virtually in Euro Truck Simulator 2. Drivers who own the Krone Trailers Pack DLC will have the opportunity to deliver parts. Doing so to and from the factory. As well as deliver brand new trailers from the Krone Trailer Point. And within the production plant where they are rolled off the line.
You can read more details about this update at the previously dedicated blogposts on the subject.
Custom City Intros for Austria & Hanover
1.45 Open Beta brings a new experimental feature. Introducing it to players during the Open Beta is custom city introductions. These special cutscenes will appear when a player selects a starting city. When creating a new profile.
For now, these custom city introductions will only be shown for cities in Austria,. As well as the city of Hanover in Germany. Your feedback on this new feature is welcome. Due to gauge opinions if you believe this would be an interesting new addition for new players to see. Be sure to use the official forums, your comments are appreciated.
Optional Mods Support for Convoy
One feature being worked on in the 1.45 Open Beta is for a Convoy. Which is the in-game multiplayer, yet to be tested on Linux. But does offer support for missing modifications. Some Linux players do play with third-party game modifications created by the community. But not everyone would like to download all the required modifications to join a friends’ convoy session.
Players can join Convoy sessions without the need to have all of the required modifications of the host’s session. There will be options to opt-in, both on the server’s and client’s side. Due to enable this if you choose to use this. In most cases, the session will not display the modification that is missing. However in some cases, such as if a player is using a vehicle that you do not have. This will show as a coloured placeholder box in 1.45 Open Beta that replicates its size.
If you are a game modder, please note that your modification must be tagged as “mp_mod_optional”. So that it can be recognised as a MOD that can be ignored by a convoy server. That allows for missing optional MODs.
Rain Sensor in 1.45 Open Beta
When traveling on the road for a while, you are bound to come across a bit of rain. Whether it’s just a short passing rain shower or a full on storm. It’s important for drivers to stay safe in 1.45 Open Beta. All while driving on the road during variable weather conditions.
One of the more common safety features found on vehicles today is Rain Sensors! This tech does exactly what it says on the box, it detects the density of the rain. While in turn, adjusts the speed of the wipers for you. This feature is active when you set the wipers of your vehicle to the first position.
This new feature will be available as an option. One that you can choose to enable on the settings page.
Option to hide inaccessible road markers
Another new UI option that we are introducing in this 1.45 Open Beta update. The ability to show or hide the X markers which mark inaccessible/undriveable roads for the player. This new option may make the game feel more immersive for some drivers. However, players should take care and follow the correct route. Since the invisible barriers which stop you from driving down these areas will still exist. And appear for a short time if you hit them!
Changelog for 1.45 Open Beta
Krone Production Plant, Werlte (requires Krone Trailer Pack DLC)
- Optional MOD Support for Convoys
- Custom City Intros for Austria and Hanover
- Rain Sensor Option
- Option to hide inaccessible road markers
1.45 Open Beta Vehicles
- Ownable Cistern Trailers (Silo and Fuel Tank)
- Krone Paper Liner, Krone Profi Liner Building, more Krone toys (requires Krone Trailer Pack DLC)
So enjoy all the new 1.45 Open Beta additions, but it’s only an open beta. Not a stable public version – so you may encounter bugs, instability, or crashes. It’s completely okay if you want to wait for the final release. But if you’re to help SCS to get there faster, include your feedback on the forum. As well as your bug reports in this section.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 has a huge 75% discount on Steam. Priced at $4.99 USD / £4.12 / 4,99€. While DLC’s are discounted 10% – 70% on Steam. But regular price on Humble Store. Along with support for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC.