Release historyThis game is often confused with Hard Truck 2. Both were developed by Softlab-NSK and they share the same engine and the larger half of the concept. King of the Road, however, was never released in North America. This European variant has many fixes and steep improvements to the gameplay itself.
The original version was first released in Russia and was titled Dal'noboyshchiki 2 and then Hard Truck 2 in English. The European King of the Road version was not released in the developer's home country until May 2003, when 1C Company published a special 2-disc edition, again with the title Dal'noboyshchiki 2. That time, however, it was the Russian version of King of the Road, patched to version 8.0. The second bonus disc of that edition contains screensavers, wallpapers, screenshots and movies of the game, as well as previews of Dal'noboyshchiki 3, the sequel.
Ascaron was the first to publish the game in Western Europe in 2001, for the German market, but due to insolvency problems they could not do an English release. JoWood took over, released an English version, and re-released the game in Germany in 2002 as well. The base version had been upgraded to version 1.3, but these improvements were not released as a separate patch for owners of the Ascaron 1.0 or 1.1 version.
A polish version was announced by CD Projekt, but ultimately cancelled in August 2002.
The English version of KotR includes a free bonus CD with screensavers, wallpapers, trailers and demos of other games released by JoWooD.