Like its predecessors from 18 Wheels of Steel series, this game was developed by the Czech company SCS Software ® and will be published by Valusoft ® in 2009. 18 Wheels of Steel Extreme Trucker is not similar to previous games. It's a different game, where the player takes jobs on several places across the globe. There are actually three different environments: Alaska, Australia, and South America.
18 Wheels of Steel Extreme Trucker is missions-oriented trucking game with new elements built in. It drops the "tycoon" side of the management gameplay completely. Instead, it is offering "special experiences" - driving in extreme environments. This is the kind of territories that would not be possible to integrate into normal 18 Wheels of Steel series which are always centered around the US. So the game will tentatively include driving in far-north icy region (somewhat inspired by Ice Road Truckers), and there will also be driving in Southern American jungle environment, and in Australia with some road trains for a bit of fun. All of these real world locations are extremely beautiful and extremely harsh at the same time. So, the aim of this game is to deliver goods around the whole worlds, to build your reputation and be real "hard trucker".
You will start in the Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road as a complete newbie, and later as you progress through the game, you will get the chance to transport more demanding and even intimidating cargoes over longer distances, and often in severe weather conditions. When you gain enough experience you get new jobs in Australian Outback and Yungas Road. You will be able to travel between these locations freely. However, you will start as a beginner in each region and you will have to work your way up through the ranks to become the most respected driver with the most intriguing offers.