Yesterday GD’s own Bluej511 posted his review for Pure Farming 2018 and he loved it, bar a few major caveats. Firstly, the absence of multiplayer, and secondly, it’s lacking the broad range of equipment available in Farming Simulator 2017. Fortunately, Ice Flames and Techland are going some distance to alleviate at least one of these issues in the coming months, outlining a content roadmap for Pure Farming 2018 for the six or so months.

First of all, there’ll be at least seven new DLC packs added to Pure Farming 2018, each adding new models, machines, and other surprises. It’s unclear whether these are all going to be paid expansions or if some are going to be free.

“We listened closely to the farm simulator community, so we understand their expectations. That’s why we’re bringing a fleet of fully licensed machines from such industry leaders as Zetor, JCB, Great Plains, and many others. We’ve designed unique farms located in the USA, Japan, Italy, Colombia and Germany, and introduced various crops specific for these regions,” said Lukasz Abramczuk, producer at Techland Publishing. “Thanks to three distinct game modes, we believe we’ve created a game that is very accessible to newcomers and at the same time satisfying for harcdore gamers who know their way around a virtual farm”

As well as this there’ll be general game improvements based on player feedback, three major updates to the available modding tools, supporting steering wheels and peripherals, and some selected PC mods being added as free DLC for console players.

That should be the broader range of farming equipment taken care of then, although there’s still a big question mark hanging over multiplayer support. Techland could well be hoping that players mod it in, as we saw with Euro Truck Simulator, or perhaps they’re holding it back for a sequel.

Pure Farming 2018 is out today on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and, naturally enough, Focus Home Interactive and Giants Software have decided it’s high time to kick off farm wars. A new ROPA DLC and Official Expansion 2 for Farming Simulator 17 are being made available today, “bringing sugar beet and potato harvesting to a whole new level.” I’m half expecting Techland to be draining the brake fluid from Giants Software’s brand new combine harvester in retaliation soon.