January 22, 2021 SCS Software says that its COVID-19 supply event was prompted by a “civic duty to promote the notion that vaccines are our hope for the future.”
A brand new event is underway in each American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2 referred to as Hauling Hope: a sequence of difficult missions in which you’ll try to soundly ship COVID-19 vaccines to varied locations. Despite an announcement broadly implying that these vaccines are a constructive factor, developer SCS Software gave the impression to be surprisingly cordial towards anti-vax sentiments in its messaging, however the firm now says it’s “proud to stand behind sound policies and good research.”
“An accompanying press release that followed the initial announcement of the event carried an unfortunate rephrasing of the original message on our blog,” an SCS consultant tells us through electronic mail. “This message may have given the wrong impression that we are denying responsibility by avoiding a clear stance on COVID vaccines. Our position is as such: we created this event to recognize the sacrifices of truckers and logistics staff in these difficult times. We are resolute in our belief that vaccines offer a glimmer of hope for normalcy once again, and we are proud to stand behind sound policies and good research.”
SCS says that it “felt a civic duty to promote the notion that vaccines are our hope for the future, but also wanted to minimize controversial imagery such as syringes.”
The studio’s first press launch on the event stated that “We do not take a stand neither for or against vaccines, we just wanted to express our appreciation and support for every real truck driver out there who have been facing very challenging times since the pandemic situation began!”
In a follow-up electronic mail, an SCS consultant described this as an “error that happened due to a language and translation barrier, here in our office”. They add “The statement we tried to express in the previous press-release should have always been this: ‘No matter if you stand for vaccines or against them, these truckers still have to work really hard and we wanted to give them their well-deserved 15 minutes of fame.’”
Developer feedback on the studio’s personal announcement blog recommend that the event has confirmed fairly controversial amongst its personal neighborhood – or, at the least, has prompted a lot of on-line arguments, which seem to have now been (mercifully) moderated out of existence.