American Truck Simulator RSS Feed Events and Announcements for American Truck Simulator
by London on 16th September 2020 at 3:06 pm
From locations of historical importance to unique structures, the U.S state of Colorado offers a long list of amazing landmarks for visitors and residents alike to admire and vist. So what landmarks will you able to find in the upcoming Colorado DLC for American Truck Simulator? Here is a sample of what you can come across on your travels across this colorful state. Nicknamed the ‘Switzerland of America’ the city of Ouray is home to some of Colorado’s most historical buildings which date back to the nineteenth century. Most of the architecture located in the downtown district are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular destination for many tourists.If you’re looking for a country escape, then Steamboat Springs is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure junkies. Best known for its premier family-friendly ski resort, it has become a vacation destination for many. Much like Ouray, it also features a historic downtown area which includes the famous old town square, a must stop for any visitor or driver passing through.Ever wanted to visit 4 states in 1 trip? well now you can! Located in the Navajo Nation Tribal Park, is the Four Corners Monument, the only place place in the U.S where four states meet. Visit Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah and admire the beautiful surrounding desert-like landscapes. These are just some of the areas of Colorado that feature prominent landmarks, but there are so many more which our team have replicated for drivers to admire or even stop for truck selfie. Do you recognise any of them? If you do, let us know where you think they might be located in the comments. If you can’t wait to visit Colorado in American Truck Simulator, then add it to your Steam Wishlist! It really helps us spread the word about our upcoming DLC and notifies you of its release and other future sales. We appreciate your support and we can’t wait to share more. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1209471/American_Truck_Simulator__Colorado/
The NEXT Western Star® is Coming to American Truck Simulator
by London on 10th September 2020 at 3:13 pm
Today we are very pleased to reveal a top-secret project that we’ve been working on for the past few months; one that is hugely special for us too.We are certain that our community of truck enthusiasts is familiar with an upcoming and still under-wraps truck from Western Star®, currently named and promoted as The NEXT Western Star.This new truck is built to thrive in the most rugged of environments, on a heritage of toughness, and built to take on anything. The most tested, durable, and toughest Western Star® truck to-date will be unveiled on the 29th of September. You can follow the countdown on their dedicated website[www.westernstartrucks.com].With great honor and pleasure, we can now announce that very shortly after The NEXT Western Star® truck releases, we will herald its arrival to American Truck Simulator too. We are bound to not show anything that has not yet been revealed by Western Star®, so please pardon us for not sharing any additional info or details with you today. We greatly appreciate this superb opportunity for such a collaboration with them; it is a first for SCS Software to work this closely with a leading American truck manufacturer on synchronizing the release of a brand-new truck. We are extremely proud to have established ourselves firmly within the trucking industry; earning Daimler Trucks North America’s trust to get physical access to the prototype truck, which was necessary to start building this truck for our virtual world.Whilst not being able to show all our cards today, we trust that this comes as a truly exciting announcement (with a few teaser shots) for you as it is for us, to be working on The NEXT Western Star® truck. Stay tuned to the communication channels from us (Facebook[www.facebook.com], Instagram[www.instagram.com], Twitter) or from Western Star® (Facebook[www.facebook.com], Instagram[www.instagram.com], Twitter, YouTube, Website[www.westernstartrucks.com]) to stay updated on this latest truck launch!Western Star is a trademark of Daimler Trucks North America LLC and is used under license to SCS Software s.r.o.
Colorado: There’s Gold In Them Thar Hills!
by London on 5th September 2020 at 4:31 pm
The year is 1890, Wyoming and Idaho have just been admitted as the 43rd and 44th states in the USA and the last great North American “Gold Rush” has just begun. 73kms southwest of Colorado Springs, a “part-time cowboy and full-time drinker” known as Robert Womack has just found small specks of gold glittering in the local creek, which encouraged him to dig countless prospecting holes in an attempt to find more. The outcome? The richest gold mine in Colorado’s history.Today The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine is still an active mining area, being the only remaining significant producer of gold in the state. In 2019, the mine excavated over 11 tons of gold, which was priced at around $511 million USD. In the same year, the mine had reported to have an estimated 118 tons of proven and probable reserves which have yet to be excavated.With plenty of work still to do, there is no shortage of jobs for drivers who haul important mining equipment and waste rock to and from the mining site. In our upcoming Colorado DLC for American Truck Simulator, truckers will be able to assist in the day to day operations of this enormous open-pit mine located near Colorado Springs. Just make sure to take extra care when driving on the dirt roads that lead into the delivery points.Impressive right? We think it’s AU-some! If you haven’t already, be sure to add Colorful Colorado to your Steam Wishlist. It really helps support us and notifies you of its release, we thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing more of Colorado’s development in the near future.https://store.steampowered.com/app/1209471/American_Truck_Simulator__Colorado/
#CaptureIdaho Contest Winners
by London on 1st September 2020 at 3:02 pm
We asked you to get creative and get snapping across Idaho, and disappoint you did not! With over a thousand submissions made using the hashtag #CaptureIdaho across our social media profiles, our judges have had quite the handful to choose their favorites pictures submitted from you our community. So which pictures caught our eye? Let’s find out.With some great prizes up for grabs, the competition was tough, from cab shots to beautiful landscape compositions, it was no easy task choosing the overall winners from our social media profiles. But without further adieu, here are the top 3 winners as chosen by our panel of judges here at SCS.1st place – @Sachira_Dil2nd – @RKI_913rd – @Shadowc40481222Amazing work! A BIG congratulations to our 3 chosen winners, each who will receive some great prizes including: A special Idaho-themed T-shirt + a key for any of our released and available products on Steam + a100€ voucher to spend at our official SCS E-Shop for the 1st place A special Idaho-themed T-shirt + a 100€ voucher to spend at our official SCS E-Shop for the 2nd place A special Idaho-themed T-shirt + a key for any of our released and available products on Steam for the 3rd placeThese are not our only winners however, as we have chosen 5 more winners who will also receive a special Idaho-themed T-shirt. These pictures were chosen specially by our panel of judges and came very close to making the top 3!@M4tt_IS@saikumaresan1Robert Meek (Facebook)[www.facebook.com]CK Dezerter[www.facebook.com]____1v4n____ (Instagram)[www.instagram.com]We really enjoyed how much creativity, time, and effort went in the entries we received and we especially loved seeing a steady stream of new photos from Idaho on our social media feeds every day. We’d love you to keep snapping (and not just in Idaho!) so be sure to continue to share your creative content with us across our official social media channels. Please, if you’ve spotted your image and profile here, make sure to check also your inboxes and messages received, because we’ll be in touch with you very soon to find out where we should send your T-shirt!To everyone who took part in this creative contest, thank you! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We’d love to host similar competitions in the future, so if you happen to brainstorm any ideas for a future contest, let us know in the blog comments below, we’d love to hear it!
by London on 27th August 2020 at 3:11 pm
On July 16th, we invited you to take part in our World of Trucks Event #CruisingIdaho[blog.scssoft.com], which celebrated the release of Idaho for American Truck Simulator. The community goal at hand was to achieve 30,000,000 miles (48,280,320 km) while delivering cargoes to or from any city in Idaho, and deliver you did.In one of the fastest event completions we’ve seen, you achieved the set goal in less than 72 hours, wow! We couldn’t believe how fast the goal was met; it just goes to show the amazing power of our #BestCommunityEver. While the community goal was completed, there were still many truckers who hadn’t had the time to complete their personal goal to explore all 11 cities in Idaho. So we decided to extend the event not once, but twice, just to make sure everyone got a chance to gain their rewards.Incredible work truckers! We cannot thank you enough for your support during the release of Idaho and we are excited at the idea of what other unique events we can bring to the American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2. It really does bring a lot of joy to our team to see how much you enjoy participating in these events. We hope you ride with pride with your newly acquired Idaho paint jobs & hanging accessory.
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Iberia: Sound Recording Trip
by London on 8th September 2020 at 3:10 pm
Sound plays an incredibly important role in our simulator titles, especially in making the in-game world feel alive. With the implementation of F-MOD, we have been adding new sounds to ETS2 & ATS with each new update to make the most of this powerful sound engine. However, some of the ambient sounds we have previously implemented in-game have become a bit dated.So how do we bring new sounds to our games? By sending out our sound experts out into real-world of course! Recently two members of our team, Matej & Irenej, travelled to Spain & Portugal for the main purpose of recording new sounds for the upcoming ETS2 DLC release of Iberia. These new sound recordings will also be used in some areas to refresh older sounds used currently in our sim and used for upcoming future DLCs too.So where exactly have they been and what have they recorded? We won’t spoil everything in this update, but here is just a small glimpse of what our team of two have been upto.Some of the locations visited include busy sea ports, cities, highways and rest stops to bring new and fresh sounds to their virtual in-game counterparts. They also visited near some of the more commonly found industries to capture some of the ambiances and sounds that these workplaces produce, some of these locations included power plants and local farms.Just as important as capturing the sounds of the cities and industries are the sounds of nature. From the suttle sound of wind through the valleys to the tweeting of birds, these sounds play an important role in immersing players in their virtual surroundings.The little details all make a difference and we cannot wait to implement these newly recorded sounds into our simulators in the future. We hope you enjoyed this brief update on the development of our current trucking titles and we look forward to sharing more with you in the near future! And don’t worry, both Matej & Irenej have returned healthy, safe, and went through negative covid19 tests!https://store.steampowered.com/app/1209460/Euro_Truck_Simulator_2__Iberia/
Iberia: Truck Stops & Gas Stations
by London on 29th August 2020 at 4:10 pm
Iberia is enormous, measuring at over 580,000 square kilometers, truckers have a seemingly endless amount of road to drive on. Through mountains, cities, and forests, drivers often seek refuge from the sun and take the time to rest for the journey ahead at suitable rest areas and designated gas stations designed for truck drivers.With Iberia being one of the leading logistic capitals of Europe, truck stops have become commonplace across the countries of Spain and Portugal. Our map and assets teams have paid special attention to the creation of gas stations and truck stops in our upcoming Iberia DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2.A large majority of these gas stations have been handmade with new prefabs and assets which can be placed by our map team manually. This allows our teams to create a variety of designs that can be crafted to match their real-life counterparts as closely as possible. These rest stops also will feature other AI drivers who will pull up for fuel and for a much-needed rest in the parking area.From small country gas stations to large highway truck stops, drivers can relax knowing the next stop isn’t too far away. While you are filling up, be sure to take a moment to add Iberia to your Steam Wishlist! It really helps support us and notifies you of its release in the future, thank you. Plus as always – check out our social media profiles (Facebook[www.facebook.com], Instagram[www.instagram.com], Twitter) because you may see there some additional and exclusive content not spotted here!https://store.steampowered.com/app/1209460/Euro_Truck_Simulator_2__Iberia/
by Timmy the Melon Thief 🍉 on 12th August 2020 at 3:01 pm
Lisbon is a historical city where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15°C. Featuring coastal views, great food, and more, it’s no wonder millions of tourists visit the capital of Portugal each year.Today, we are excited to share with you a gallery of work in progress screenshots from this important city which will be featured in our upcoming Iberia DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2. As one of the few European capitals with a river and coastline, the city has a rich history of industrial maritime history.Lisbon also holds the title of one of the oldest cities in Western Europe; in fact, only Athens is the only other city in Europe that is estimated to be older. So what can truckers expect to see when driving in Lisbon?Well, we don’t want to spoil it too much, but with a variety of industries such as shipyards and factories, there will be plenty of outgoing and incoming deliveries to be made. Drivers will also drive near some of the well-known landmarks, including 2 bridges that will connect travelers across the Tagus River.So with sunshine, stunning views, and deliveries to be made, we are sure Lisbon will be one of the top of destinations on your list to visit when Iberia releases.If you haven’t already, be sure to add Iberia to Steam Wishlist! It really helps supports us and notifies you of its release in the future. You can also find a few exclusive content not found on this blog across our social media channels, so be sure to look out for them on our Facebook[www.facebook.com], Twitter, and Instagram[www.instagram.com].https://store.steampowered.com/app/1209460/Euro_Truck_Simulator_2__Iberia/
by London on 30th July 2020 at 3:29 pm
The Iberian Peninsula is the second largest European peninsula by area; with an estimated 53 million residents, the demand for electricity is more than ever before. So what are Spain and Portugal doing to make sure that there is enough energy for everyone? One of the many ways they are achieving this is by using modern energy sources instead of using traditional ones such as coal to generate electricity.One of the more popular modern energy sources are solar panels, which uses the sun’s energy (which Iberia has plenty of) as way of creating electricity. Today, solar panels have become common place across a lot of towns and cities, but are most effective when large amounts of them are used together on a solar farm. These areas covered by thousands of solar panels provide a sizeable chunk of Spain and Portugal electricity.Another source of energy typical for the Iberian Peninsula is from wind captured at turbine farms found on hilltops, in valleys, and even offshore. These powerful wind turbines can produce enough electricity to power around 1,500 homes each!There are of course also other sources generating electricity to meet all of Iberia’s demand and we are working hard to represent this important industry in the upcoming Iberia DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2, which will include new prefabs such as the abovementioned solar power plants found across the peninsula.If you are a big fan of what you see, please consider adding Iberia to your Steam Wishlist! It really does help us and we thank you for your on-going support.https://store.steampowered.com/app/1209460/Euro_Truck_Simulator_2__Iberia/
Euro Truck Simulator 2 1.38 Release
by London on 21st July 2020 at 7:09 am
After an exciting week for American Truck Simulator with the arrival of Idaho, we are happy to announce the arrival of the 1.38 update for Euro Truck Simulator 2!We’d like to thank all those who took part in the open beta and contributed with bug reports and general feedback. We hope you can now begin to fully enjoy the various new features which are included within this update. So, what can you expect to find in the 1.38 update ETS2? Lets us give you a quick recap of the most significant changes.First of all, one of the more significant changes that drivers will notice across the map at most major cities in the introduction of newly designed and unique truck brand dealerships. All dealerships locations across the Euro Truck Simulator 2 map have received a refresh, so make sure to re-discover them in-game as you drive past (it is well worth the stop!). The French city of Lille has also received a reskin in this update. Some of the main changes include updates to road junctions, which have been re-worked and created with more accurate layouts. Road signs and roads, in general, have also been updated with more accurate, realistic, and detailed textures, along with new buildings and assets. If you happen to be passing by on delivery, we recommend making some extra time to see Lille for yourself.We are also excited to introduce the inclusion of a computer graphics technique for efficiently approximating ambient occlusion effects in real-time. Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, better known in its shorter form SSAO, creates shadows in the areas where objects connect, to give it a more natural and believable look in terms of lighting and shadows.Less powerful GPUs may struggle to keep up at full quality, and with 400% or similarly high scaling selected, even mid-range machines would feel the impact on fps. If you are not happy with framerate after this update, please open the advanced graphics options in the game and try to find the right combination of scaling and SSAO quality for you. With a weaker GPU, it may be advisable to switch off SSAO completely.This new feature can be better explained by one of our senior programmers, be sure to read a more in-depth post about the topic at our Under the Hood blog post here[blog.scssoft.com].We are also happy to introduce a long-requested update to the RGB Color Picker which drivers use to paint their trucks when purchasing or tuning their truck. You now have the option to input specific color inputs (HSV, RGB, and HEX).We know that many drivers like to match their truck colors the same across their whole fleet, so we hope this feature is useful to you.There have also been changes made to our GPS Route Advisor, which now features a cleaner and more modern-looking UI allowing for a larger on-screen map view. That’s not all, however, as we also added new information for drivers using checkpoints for their journeys.Players will now be able to see useful information on their next checkpoint markers such as the distance to their next checkpoint, and their estimated time of arrival through their GPS and world map.The DAF XF Tuning Pack has also received a small update which will now allow all DAF trucks chassis covers to be painted. We look forward to seeing how drivers will take advantage of this new customization on their DAF fleet as we know many drivers like to match their truck colours.The FH Tuning Pack for Volvo Trucks has also received a small update based on feedback from our community. Drivers can also expect to find new tuning parts including front wheel covers, side deflectors with LEDs, stock front bumpers and rear top fenders with plastic and chrome options. This isn’t the only change however, as we also have included new horn models to better reflect the reality of the design of air horns. To reflect actual truck setups properly, our vehicle team has added new “pins” on truck cabins that are specific for air horns. We did our best with the research to make sure their locations are chosen on proper references, mostly on factory defaults, of course, but also taking into account what we could find in tuning photos from truck festivals. You can read more about their addition on a previous blog post[blog.scssoft.com].We are also happy to bring 3 new Special Transport routes for drivers to take on in our latest map expansion for Euro Truck Simulator 2, Road to the Black Sea. These routes are:Reșița to Târgu Mureșİstanbul to EdirnePleven to SofiaEach journey will come with its own challenges. So make sure to adhere instructions given on the GPS advisor and the speed limit which have been set out for you before your departure, as there is no room for mistakes!This addition will come as a free update for owners of Road to the Black Sea and Special Transport for Euro Truck Simulator 2.There is much more packed into this update! If you would like a more in-depth read of other features included in this update, take a read of our previous blog post for the 1.38 Open Beta.[blog.scssoft.com]MAP Lille re-skin Unique Truck Dealerships Special Transport routes in Road to the Black Sea Reșița to Târgu Mureș İstanbul to Edirne Pleven to SofiaVEHICLES Automatic transmission improved (shifting points, adaptive modes) Paintable chassis covers for XF Tuning Pack New tuning parts added to the FH Tuning Pack Roof Horns (standalone mountable accessories) Renault Trucks Range T AI vehicles added (4×2, 6×2) FEATURES Visual improvement – procedural ambient occlusion generation (SSAO) Route Advisor redesigned Navigation ETA to the next waypoint in route adviser and in world map Tobii eye-tracking presets RGB color picker redesigned Added RGB, HSV and hex inputs User defined color presetsSOUND Update to FMOD 2.01.01 Individual horn sounds for each truck Fixed the retarder sound when the engine is off AI – exclusion of gear-shifts for trains and electric vehicles[/b]For the legacy non-Steam edition of ETS2, the update should be ready in a few days.Some mods, however, may have not caught up yet – this update may effectively break them. So remember that you can always stay on 1.37 or an even older branch. The way to access and select them is: Steam client → LIBRARY → right-click on Euro Truck Simulator 2 → Properties → Betas tab → select the version you want.