Farming Simulator 22 released on 22nd November bringing with it many changes from its FS19 predecessor. I have eagerly awaited this new version. When it was announced, I chose to take up the pre-purchase options for the game and the season pass – only the second time I’ve ever bought a game pre-release! That’s a measure of how much I enjoyed FS19 with all its little quirks. I had faith that Giants Software would bring home the bacon in this new iteration and I think they have šŸ™‚

Initial impressions are good – the game runs very smoothly without the stuttering start to walking after exiting your vehicle that was omni-present in FS19. The vehicle sounds are much improved. The textures have been thoroughly revamped and look more realistic than previously – though I don’t think they’re quite in the Truck Simulator or Hunter: Call of the Wild league. As previously, there are three options when starting a game – New Farmer, Farm Manager and Start from Scratch. New Farmer, being the easy setting gives you all the buildings and machinery you need to get started. There is new gameplay too. The most obvious is the introduction of seasons into the base game – having been an external mod for a while now. There’s also production – you can buy the businesses and factories that you deliver your produce to and then sell on the finished product. So, for example, grain to the mill, then flour to the bakery and finally, bread to the shops. It’s a whole new facet to gameplay that will be popular with many players. We also get new crop types – Sorghum, Grapes and Olives. One minor disappointment is that precision farming and the need to rotate your crops for best yield didn’t make it for the release – I understand that these will be coming as an update. Finally, there’s a ‘used vehicles’ purchase option at the dealer…

If you’re lucky, you may find something you need at a good discount – but you do have to be lucky!! šŸ˜‰

The game comes with 3 maps. The new US map is Elmcreek…

This is the largest of the maps. The farm for single player ‘easy’ mode is located near the centre (You can see the vehicle icons clustered there). This map is also intended for multi-player use – a quick look at the 4 corners reveals farmyard areas that players can purchase. You could choose one of these for a higher difficulty level single-player game too. Here’s an overview of your equipment if you start as a New Farmer…

This includes 3 tractors…

In Europe, and another new map, we have Haut-Beyleron…

Set in southern France this is intended as a single player map. You can see the New Farmer starting point with the vehicles clustered around on the lower right beside the river. The selection of vehicles you get is similar to those for the US map except you get a modern pick-up and a mix of small…

…and medium Tractors…

Finally, there’s Erlengrat – an alpine map set in Switzerland. It’s not a new map, having been released into FS19 as part of the Alpine Farming DLC…

A New Farmer here gets a very different set of starting machinery…

Note that there’s no Harvester and all of the Tractors are small!..

With each new version of the game the equipment changes. I’ll miss the New Holland FX32 – especially if I try a mod map with very small sideroads! It’s going to take a while to find out which of the new additions are worth including in your roster but initially, the John Deere 7810 caught my eye in the medium Tractors…

…While the New Holland CH7.70 looks to be an excellent harvester…

Mods will once again provide us with additional equipment – in fact some are already appearing. It’s rumoured that Giants testing team have been snowed under with mods to test, so the trickle may soon become a deluge šŸ˜‰

Now it’s time to get on with some serious gaming. I will be Starting from Scratch on the Haut-Beyleron map – If I can find a suitable location other than the base farm area to build a Farmhouse! I may also try a New Farmer save on the Erlengrat map as I haven’t tried Alpine Farming before. Watch out for more posts in the coming weeks šŸ™‚

Here’s a clue…

…A Valtra belonging to the Corporation of London deployed to Hampstead Heath.

If that left you none the wiser, let me explain. I used to do sequences of posts based around Farming Simulator 2019. Oak Glen Farm was one example…

I abandoned FS19 in September last year – disillusioned by the disruption being caused by the Windows 10 issues that made the game totally unplayable. I wrote about that most recently in this post. Now Microsoft have resolved the issue, I am posting more frequently and starting to get back into the games I used to regularly write about – Fishing and Hunting have both made a return in the last 2 weeks. The issue now standing in the way of restarting Farming Simulator 19 posts is the promise of the upcoming release of Farming Simulator 22. This week, Giants Software have announced a date for that release – 22nd November 2021. So, we can expect a return to the farm soon after that, initially on the farms included in the game as I expect map mods to take a while to filter through. It will also take a while for older vehicles to come through, so don’t expect to see this Massey anytime soon šŸ˜‰ …