Euro Truck Simulator 2 Reverse Engineered Requirements Document


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Euro Truck Simulator 2 Reverse Engineered Requirements Document
Omar Asadi Aftab Hussain University of California, Irvine

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
3 Overview 3 Stakeholders 3 Marketing and Investment Stakeholders 4 Game Construction Stakeholders 4 Case Study 5 Models 6 Goal Models 8 System Vision 10 Non-Functional Requirements 11 Description of Techniques Used 11 i* Framework 11 Rich Picture Method 12 Description of Tool Used 12 Conclusion 13 References

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1. Overview
In this work we reverse-engineer the elaborate requirements of the game, Euro Truck Simulator 2 (ETS2), available at [1]. ETS2 was released by SCS Software, on October 2012. The fundamental gameplay constitutes of driving trucks around depicted European cities for delivering cargo at various locations. It keeps a track record of the player’s completed tasks and offers career progression for the player in terms of income. The game has been widely popular1, with high rates of downloads and is available for purchase at the multi-player online gaming platform, Steam2.
Reverse engineering the requirements document of a given system is a challenging task particularly for large legacy systems which are deployed in a distributed manner. The main difficulty this task poses is in capturing the complexities of all components of the system in a coherent and non-conflicting fashion. A way to address this difficulty is to build the requirements models of the system in an incremental way [3], an approach we tried to follow while doing the same for ETS2.
We now present the organization of our report, which also reflects the work flow of this reverse engineering project: In Section 2, we present a description of all the relevant stakeholders of the game. In Section 3, we present a case study of the game with respect to its gameplay. In Section 4, we present the models of the system. In Sections 5 and 6, we give a description of the techniques and tools used, respectively. We conclude the report in Section 7, mentioning challenges addressed during the work.
2. Stakeholders
We have segregated the stakeholders of ETS2 into two spectrums: Marketing and Investment (Section 2.1) and Game Construction (Section 2.2). While the former enlists all stakeholders that relates to fulfilling the business requirements of the game (which are relevant towards the development of any software product), the latter comprises of those that are connected to the actual development of the game. It should be mentioned that this categorization should not be considered as a strict separation of concerns as some stakeholders, e.g. executives, will have roles to play in both the construction and the marketing and investment of the game. This segregation is solely to provide a grouping of the stakeholders as per the perceived characteristic of the majority of each stakeholder’s responsibilities.
2.1. Marketing and Investment Stakeholders
Executives. They are the chief-category officers of the game vendor company who are the key drivers of the project in terms of providing the vision, approving resource utilization, marketing the product, and maintaining investor and shareholder relations.
Investors. The investors allocate capital to a potentially profitable project. They provide the crucial funds that may be allocated appropriately for the development of the game.
1 The game has sold over 500,000 units as of April 2014, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro_Truck_Simulator_2
2 http://store.steampowered.com/

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Shareholders. The shareholders are the owners of the company and thus the profits of the vendor company has a direct impact on their interests. They may have voting rights over membership in the board of directors, and thus it is important that any new decision to goahead in the development of the game, and the outcome of the sales of the game plays positively to the shareholders.
PR Team. They are responsible for marketing the product, branding, media relations, creating and maintaining awareness of the Euro Truck product line, communicating with advertising agencies, and receiving customer feedback via different media for the purpose of shaping the story of the product.
2.2. Game Construction Stakeholders
Product Managers. Assign project to development teams, monitor the work flow of the project, set milestones, and meet software architects in order to get their progress feedback and address their resource concerns.
Software Architects. These are people who will generally act as team leads of different components of the project: for example, user interface component, networking functionalities, gameplay logic. Each team will generally comprise of 3-5 developers.
QA Team. The Quality Assurance Team’s main focus is to verify and validate the development of the different teams of the project, iteratively. Their roles include preparation of test data for each phase of the project, testing, etc.
Developers. They are the core workers of the project, who are responsible for coding and implementation of the entire constructs of the game. They will work in different components of the project under the supervision of a software architect.
UX Designers. They provide the general layout of the game, the designs of the menu pages, etc.
CAD Engineers. ETS2 being a simulation game would require sufficient realism in the designs of the trucks and cities. CAD engineers would fill in that role by creating 3D visualizations of those real-world entities.
Legal Experts. Their job would be to ensure no copyrights/governmental laws are violated during the gathering real-life information (city plans, city landscape, truck designs, etc.) which would be necessary to develop various entities of the game, check for any preexisting patents belonging to other parties which constitute ETS2’s ideas, and to mediate the exchange of rights when necessary.
3. Case Study
This interactive real-time software allows the player to simulate the experience of being a truck driver for a European trucking company. The system goes into incredible detail, including but not limited to:
1. The complexity of the driving controls

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a. The number of driving functions under the player’s control

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Automatic transmission handles the gear shifts for the player

ii.

Manual transmission requires the player to shift gears at the appropriate

time in order to optimize speed

b. The type of player input (keyboard, mouse and keyboard, or steering wheel

controller)

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Keyboard only is the simplest: up, down, left, right to correspond to

forward, brakes/reverse, turn wheels left, and turn wheels right,

respectively

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Mouse and keyboard uses the keyboard for acceleration/brakes and the

mouse for direction

iii. Steering wheel offers the most authentic driving experience

2. The city in which to drive

a. Choose from cities all over Europe b. Each city changes both the scenery and the layout of the roads

3. The types of trucking jobs to accept and complete

a. Short drives b. Long drives c. Timed drives

4. The difficulty of completing the trucking jobs

a. Combination of the length of the trip and the time until the deadline

5. Damage taken by the truck or cargo

a. The truck must be repaired in order to function properly b. Damage to cargo is permanent and can reduce the reward or even cause the player
to fail a job c. Time taken to repair the truck will delay the successful completion of the job,
potentially reducing the payout
Upon completing jobs, the player can advance their career and their trucking company to the point of international supremacy.

4. Models
In this section, we present the models that were derived for ETS2. We present the goal model (4.1), the system vision (4.2), and finally the non-functional requirements hierarchy (4.3).

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4.1.Goal Models
The goal-oriented models illustrate the various objectives of the game. For building the goal models we have used the i* framework (described in Section 5.1). A goal-oriented model helps in setting the foundation for requirements elicitation, driving the design of the product, and resolving conflicts [7]. Using the i* framework, we derived two goal models of ETS2, the Strategic Dependency Model (SD), depicted in Figure 1, and the Strategic Rationale Model (SR), depicted in Figure 2.
Figure 1: Strategic Dependency Model of ETS2.
The SD model portrays the interactions between the various agents of ETS2, in the context of ETS2’s gameplay. The only real/tangible agents here are the truck driver (the player) and the gameplay simulator, the primary agent/actor being the player. The player has task, resource, and goal dependencies with fictitious agents such as the company, the driver’s company’s manager, truck dealers, and employees (other truck drivers). An example of a task dependency is that of job selection, where the driver selects a job from a list of offers from different fictitious companies. The truck driver receiving salary is an example of a resource dependency. The primary goal in this scenario is that of driving the truck, which is the main action of playing the actual simulator. A softgoal which may be associated with playing the simulator is that of changing the settings of gameplay. Since this is not an essential feature in order to play the game, we have classified it as a soft goal in the SD model. Another softgoal that was portrayed in the model is that of getting a job. This is an added feature as the game offers the player to start playing with the simulator right away, with preset default truck and location selections. From the SD model, we can thus understand the intentional relationships between the different agents.

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Figure 2: Strategic Rationale Model of ETS2

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In the SR model we go into greater depth with regard to exploring the intentions of the agents, which is the fundamental concern of the i* approach. As was mentioned earlier, in principle, there is only one actor in ETS2 with regard to ETS2’s gameplay, which is the player. Therefore, in the SR model we have elaborated on the tasks of the player, with a focus on intention. In addition, we have done the same for the only other tangible actor within ETS2’s gameplay, which is the simulator. Although, two more actors were included, the “recruitment agency” and the “truck dealers”, their sole purpose was to show breadth in the capabilities of the player.
As can be seen, SR emphasizes on soft goals and how certain tasks can affect the achievement of those goals. All the soft goals have been set with respect to the expectations of the player. Consider the task of selecting a job; this task has three further sub-tasks relating to company, job location, and pay rate. This clearly contributes positively to the realism of the game, which is a desired softgoal of the game. It also adds positively to the account balance of the player within the game environment, as it allows the player to earn. However, this task negatively impacts the subgoal of “quick start to gameplay”, as it could cause a delay in actually playing the game. This relation should remind developers and designers of making the job selection process as effortless and seamless as possible.
Let us consider another example of a task “start game”; this task has a direct goal dependency on the goal “drive truck” which exists within the boundary of the GamePlay Simulator. This goal has a couple of subgoals: “smooth graphics frame transition” and “quality resolution and detail”. These subgoals can be affected positively/negatively by changing the graphics settings. What has not been shown in the SR model in this regard is that these subgoals have an inverse relationship. Improving one would adversely impact the other. Thus another subgoal, which could be derived from these two goals is that of finding an optimal setting of the two.
Finally let us consider the task of “get involved in accidents”, which is shown to be subdivided into two more tasks of incurring fines and getting damage notifications. While incurring fines negatively affects the subgoals “account balance” and “ease of play”, it contributes positively to the realism of gameplay. Getting damage notifications is shown to positively contribute to the ease of play, as it instantaneously tells the user about the current state of the truck. However, such a feature generally do not exist in real-life truck notification systems and hence it may negatively contribute to the realism of the game.
In addition to further exploring the impact on softgoals in the SR model, we have also adopted an expansive approach for analyzing soft goals in the SR model by decomposing them into smaller subtasks. For instance, “Change GamePlay Settings” is a soft goal in the SD model, but is a sub-task of the goal, “Drive Truck” in the SR model. This was done because it was necessary to explore the softgoals in the SD model in greater detail, which forced the expansion of the sub-goal into a set of tasks.
4.2. System Vision
This model presents the broad vision of the overall system that we believe were agreed upon by all stakeholders of the system based upon our investigation of the game. We used the Rich Picture Method (explained in Section 5.2) to construct the System Vision.
Figure 3, shows the system vision of the game. As can be seen, we have constructed a rich picture with the game construction perspective. In other words, we have shown all elements,

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Figure 3: System Vision of ETS2

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flows, and stakeholders that are likely to be involved in the development of the game, at a high level of abstraction.
We have grouped the model’s entities using 2 structure boundaries: the game vendor company and the sub-structure, the core development team. Further structure categorizations were not made in order to not clutter the diagram and also to avoid straying from the main theme of the model, which is game construction. Broken boundaries represent sub-teams within the core development team, and call-out symbols have been used to represent the concerns of individual stakeholders. The arrows represent the flow of information during the construction of the game, and thus illustrate the process.
The main game construction process starts with the executives, who set the goals in collaboration with the game story thinkers, while adhering as much as possible to the demands of the customers obtained from market research data provided by product managers. Based on the deliberations in this initial phase of determining of how the story is going to be, appropriate resources (possibly copyrighted) are elicited. These resources include truck designs and city designs. The process is overseen by a team of legal experts to help navigate the legal boundaries of sharing copyrighted material. The game story ideas (in the form of detailed specifications) and resources are then shared with the core development team, whose milestones are set by product managers in coordination with software architects. The outcomes of the development teams are iteratively tested by the Quality Assurance Team, who perform their spectrum of testing techniques based on test cases generated from the game specifications.
4.3. Non-Functional Requirements
The non-functional requirements of ETS2 include the ability to distribute the game via the Steam platform, the expectation that the game runs smoothly on a wide variety of different hardware platforms, and the enjoyment factor of the game by the customers (players).
The first non-functional requirement, distribution via Steam, presents a challenge that has almost nothing to do with the software itself. The Steam platform provides many developers and publishers the ability to reach a wide variety of gamers while also allowing gamers to consolidate and organize their purchased games in one location. This integration with the Steam platform allows the developers to almost completely offload distribution concerns to Valve Software (developers of Steam). Integrating with Steam means Valve will be the one worrying about server load and bandwidth, not SCS Software. All SCS Software needs to worry about is the interface with Steam to allow this distribution to take place.
The second non-functional requirement, hardware-independence, presents a unique challenge for the developers. Real-time interactive software for general-purpose PCs comes packaged as only software and required libraries and is designed to run on any machine meeting the developer-determined minimum system requirements. The alternative is software for gaming consoles like the XBox One and the PlayStation 4 where the hardware specification is known in advance and the software can be optimized for that specific combination of hardware. Gamers with general-purpose PCs typically have widely varying hardware, but they all expect the software to perform smoothly on their specific hardware setups. This requirement forces SCS Software to implement various levels of performance for their software by modifying graphical settings. The most common areas of variability are texture

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