A brand new occasion is underway in each American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2 referred to as Hauling Hope: a collection of difficult missions wherein you’ll try to securely ship COVID-19 vaccines to varied locations. Regardless of an announcement broadly implying that these vaccines are a optimistic factor, developer SCS Software program has been surprisingly cordial towards anti-vax sentiments in its messaging.
The studio’s first press launch on the occasion stated that “We don’t take a stand neither for or towards vaccines, we simply needed to precise our appreciation and assist for each actual truck driver on the market who’ve been dealing with very difficult instances because the pandemic scenario started!”
In a follow-up electronic mail, an SCS consultant describes this as an “error that occurred as a result of a language and translation barrier, right here in our workplace”. They add “The assertion we tried to precise within the earlier press-release ought to have all the time been this: ‘Regardless of if you happen to stand for vaccines or towards them, these truckers nonetheless need to work actually arduous and we needed to offer them their well-deserved quarter-hour of fame.’”
Both manner, it’s an oddly conciliatory sentiment towards anti-vaxxers for an occasion which describes COVID-19 vaccines as a supply of “hope”. Developer feedback on the studio’s personal announcement blog counsel that the occasion has confirmed fairly controversial amongst its personal neighborhood – or, a minimum of, has prompted loads of on-line arguments, which seem to have now been (mercifully) moderated out of existence.
We’ve reached out to SCS for additional context on what kind of backlash they’ve seen and whether or not the obvious conciliation to anti-vaccine beliefs is intentional. We’ll replace if we obtain a response.