Friday, September 5, 2014

Riding the American Dream

Los Angeles and San Francisco are huge cities in the American Truck Simulator map. We haven't tried to portray sprawling agglomerations of this type in our games until now, though there was a bit of a hint of it in 18 Wheels of Steel Long Haul. Our ambition is higher now, as we want to capture the feeling of driving in an actual US city, which is quite different from typical European locations.

This trend isn't only ATS bound, but you'll get much higher city-feel authenticity in new world expansions coming to Euro Truck Simulator 2.

Check out some fresh screenshots taken from American Truck Simulator!




107 comments:

  1. Looking good. I await in eager anticipation for the release of ATS and ETS 3 :-)

    I can see a lot of attention to detail and a lot of hard work going into ATS.
    A Happy Fan!

    Steve in Colorado, USA

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    1. There has been no announcement or indication that they are working on a ETS 3. So dont sit and wait for that ;)

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    2. It's standard procedure, Lukas. By the time a game has been on the market for a year, people start asking when the next version will be released. Heck, they even create false rumours about 'the new version' (no, SimCity 6 and Age of Empires IV do NOT exist).

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  2. Game of the year! ...not sure which year, though, but we'll get there ;)

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    1. This is like when games getgame of the year reward in February or march which is too early to announce. I wont name it game of the year until I play all my favourite games that year.

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  3. wow looks soo good cant wait to play this !!
    Keep up the awesome work ,so excited!!

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  4. Add an Australian Truck Simulator as an DLC, where everything can kill you.
    Can't wait for this game already. Good Job !

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    1. AAAAMMMMMMMAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZIIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGGGG

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  6. Will you be able to import trucks from EU to US? Yea or nah because of license issues?

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  7. Looking very nice indeed! I love the idea of having petrol stations IN the cities and I would love to see that in ETS as well!
    I'm definitely buying America Truck Simulator when it comes out :D ;)

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  8. Can't wait what you are going to do with Alaska!

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  9. Is it possible at all.....that this be something like expansion or addon or DLC for ETS2 to ...
    for instance, from UK go to USA with boat..or something like that...
    ....means ..that I had stop playing ETS2 and play ATS again all over again from start... come on.... make it a DLC toooo pls :D I want to drive my Volvo in US :D

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    1. Check out the ETS mods sites. There will undoubtedly be some American maps available.

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  10. Make Australian Truck Simulator :D

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  11. Je tiens a remercier toute l’équipe de scs software j'attend ce jeu avec impatience vivement qu'il sorte j’espère avant l'année prochaine en tous cas félicitation a toute les équipe amicalement dominique

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    1. Would you mind translating that into English? Because, you know, this is an English-language blog. I know the French hate most of the world for it, but that same most-of-the-world doesn't speak French. :-)

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    2. C'est bien vous félicite SCS à leur travail acharné sur American Truck Simulator, Dominique. La plupart des gens disent de mauvaises insultes à ce sujet parce que probable du président Obama. Je sais qu'il peut ne pas être le meilleur, mais au moins pas de la Troisième Guerre Mondiale a encore commencé.

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    3. Jeroen... stop trying to feel special. You're wrong, it happens to be an English-language from SCS's side only to reach as many people possible. The comments can be multicultural. Ask SCS about it.
      This French customer does not speak English - so what? Another French person can come and reply to him.
      WIth your attitude, with every "foreign" comment some asshole could go on and comment on it again - effectively doubling the nr. of posts that "most-of-the-world" doesn't understand. What good would it do? Do you even realize that your comment was as equally meaningless to him as his post was to you...?

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    4. Gabor, congratulations on finding a platform to use your soap box.
      "Do you even realize that your comment was as equally meaningless to him as his post was to you...?".....indeed.

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    5. Ryan, I'm not sure what you mean - whether you are being sarcastic or not

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    7. bien dit Dom .... ATS sera une toute nouvelle experience et il presente fantastique.

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    1. Its in ALPHA, its all subject to change.

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    2. Looks OK to me :D
      btw, nice to see no more Anonymous comments...

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    3. Name on simulator that has been made by a fairly limited amount of employees that has better graphics than this and isn't Farm Sim 15...

      For a sim, these graphics are absolutly amazing.

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    4. When was the last time you goy your eyes tested? The graphics are very good.

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    5. Graphics actually seem very unreal and sort of cardboard-made houses and objects. ETS2 has better graphics (AA sucks *beep*'s though). Also all the "amazing scenery" photos are photoshopped to look better...

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  13. As long as there aren't very big performance issues in cities like in the copy-paste cities of ETS, I say go for it!
    Also looks like you need to have some form of skills to drive around those cities, that's nice.

    I see you also try to feature some of LA's most vulgar and tasteless rapstars/drugdealers with that fugly yellow Escalade on the second screen! :P

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  14. Previous screens was looking better than this. Here we got shiny textures like in wheels of steel series, no Antialiasing, low quality textures.

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  15. Very very very beautiful. I don't have patience! But you need to publish the release date. Is 20th of February (how excalibur say)?

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    1. Excalibur only mention a release date because they want you to pre-order the game NOW. Every time the 'release date' comes close, they change it again.
      It will be released when it's ready to be released, so just wait for SCS to announce it. Patience is a virtue.

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  16. those ai cars needs to be rebuild. (in my opinion) I hate those fake textured wheels of them and some details like the headlight and the grill. The map looks pretty good. but I also think that after ATS it's going to be time to upgrade the engine with DX11/12 support. The averege computer is powerfull enough to run a DX11 game. it is compatible to a 5 years old pc. and by the way windows xp is no more supported.

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    1. and pleas give them some real paintshop colours like the trucks. and not those fugly green and yellow like the 300c and escalade.

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  17. About time the light poles are across the intersections. Nice work.

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  18. Woohoo, larger cities and more urban driving! (although I'll hate you for rush hour later, but that's okay)

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  20. Trailers look small... Europe has that size trailers

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    1. I have to disagree, the big sleepers here are about 40% of the length of the trailers, the trucks here are limited to 80k lbs, which is actually less than europe.

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    2. What, less than in Europe? How can that be? I mean, America is supposed to be the country of "Our .......... are muuuuuuuch bigger".
      Fill in the blanks yourself: roads, cars, bridges, average body weight, top-management salaries, claims for damages... :-)

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    3. Yea it is surprising. My sister was the one who let me know, she is a transport manager for European trucks. A european truck weight limit is 44 metric tons about 97000 pounds, the federal bridge law limits the maximum weight to 80000 pounds. Some states may have a higher limit (that is where it get confusing). Maybe a CDL holder in the US can add more informed information.

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  21. Thanks Viktor and all the team at SCS. Love the look of both the US and ETS2 updates. All that hard work is paying off and you're keeping (most) of us happy! Keep up the good work!

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  22. I know you read comments here SCS...please confirm soon about the early access if yes or no its still gonna happen its been almost a year now that you talked about early access,its not that hard saying "yes its gonna happen" or "no its not gonna happen" meh as far as i know you never answered in comments so...

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    1. Totally legal in California and other parts of the US but, technically not legal (so I have heard) in the federal system, so they are not allowed on interstates such as I-5 and must stick to state highways like 101

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    2. oK James, thanks for response. But it will be great feature in the game!!!

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  24. I hope you will keep adding to and changing the ETS2 map I will keep buying DLC for it, Can we get a music volume control please :)

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    1. Theres already music volume control in audio options and radio player.

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  25. US gas stations tend to be on a corner.

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  26. Graphics...I need to say...they're the best I ever have seen in a simulator, great work.

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    1. Agreed even down to the Crown Vic taxi, in the first screen, and the Dodge Magnum in the second. The second is easy to see as being SF.

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    2. You obviously havent seen Project cars then

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  27. looking at these screenshots, the ATS, SCS remembered I had bought a small game company, by chance this is the team that made the Rig'n'roll ?, it is very similar, as are the cities, and is also focused on California.

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  28. ONE YEAR SINCE THE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!
    Announced: September 6th 2013
    Today: September 6th 2014
    My estimated release date: Summer - Fall 2015
    My local time: September 6th 2014, 01:09 AM

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    1. Patience is a virtue, Danny. And seriously, what would you prefer?

      Option 1: ATS will be on Steam before XMas 2014, but it will still be so buggy and unfinished that it will require at least one patch per week for the next six months.
      Option 2: ATS will be available Summer 2015, will look fantastic, have terrific gameplay and will only require an occassional patch to fix some rare error.

      Let's be honest here: now people are complaining about the release date, but if SCS would go for option 1 those same people would flood the blog and every ETS/ATS forum with complaints about the bugs.

      Personally, I'd rather wait till ATS is in good enough shape to be released. So what if it will be Summer 2015? I have over 500 hours of ETS under my wheels, and the end is nowhere in sight. ETS will keep you a happy gamer till the release of ATS.

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  29. Nice SCS! I'm liking what I've been seeing so far!

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  30. What about World Truck Simulator?

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  32. Release on Steam ASAP Please. thanks. (throws money at screen)

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  33. SCS Software blog

    SCS consgegue you release some brands of trucks United States Gosteria reach the consumer the game for launch in 2016 or 2017 to launch the game American Truck Simulator. Has all enough time.

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  34. Thank you guys for your hard work!

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  35. SCS we don't want to wait for license use different names for the truck for now like kenworht named king hauler peterbilt named pure Pawer in the future you get the license for the names of the truck and air line's attached to the the trailers and double trailers to please thanks

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  36. Good grief, this will be so good! Hooray!

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  37. Please add some action to a ATS, like a police chase in case of speeding, or maybe some hitchhikers, some kind of competition, i don't know.

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  38. Holy ****!!! Great job guys. Looks really awesome.

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  39. Now that is some beautiful work done there by SCS Software! AWESOME!!

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  40. Absolutely awesome! Can't wait to buy it!

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  41. Hi everyone, hi SCS team
    it is good to see all this news about ETS2 and ATS.

    my question is: What about Euro Coach Simulator. You have add bus stops om map but nothing happen there, no buses, no people no cats and dogs.... nothing. And you show no more pictures about this.
    Can you please say something about this? is it going or is this project in stand by?

    thank you

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  42. Amazing!!!! I always want to drive truck in the city. :D Love you SCS! Keep up the good work!

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  43. You took the leap and will be loved for it. To the future, cheers from Minnesota!

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  44. to be more relistic can you do something about on how we fill up our gas stations,can you somehow automate the hose so when we pull up to the green icon the hose will auto attach to the truck to make it more relistic.you guys aredoing a great job!! don forget those sound we want them loud lol

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    1. Yep, because nothing screams realism like a floating fuel hose magically connecting to a truck...

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  45. Looks like GTA san andreas ! lol but with enbseries :D

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  46. Wow cool pictures. :) Will have to get used to the long masks. :D

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  47. Because you always currais more American simulator ets

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  48. or will be possible to purchase semi ??
    because that element was missing most in the ETS 2 haulinie of course was the possibility

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  49. looks great add weather,sesons,and quick jobs should be boxtrucks too not semi truck and add like cops watching you speeding or passing red lights and in al traffic adding a cop that see you and can pull you over and when you dont stop STUFF GETS CRAZY :D and too add accidents like car crashes trucks too and adding traffics jams adding not only companys jobs but sometime like airport jobs looks great

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    1. Weather, it's got weather, sunny California weather.
      Boxtrucks, hmmmmm.
      Cops, keep a very close eye on speed zones, highway patrol "panda cars" hide behind bushes, 55 in 45 zone costs.
      This will be well worth the patience and the wait people. It's very early beta testing still and it's got its share of "WTF? just happened?" but it will be a great title when ready for release.

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    2. They don't have 'Panda Cars' in The States......LOL
      And why do we need the Police anyway, this isn't Rig n Roll ya know.

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  50. Brasil, porque a SCS Software não faz um jogo com o mapa do Brasil? Iria ser muito legal!

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  51. Just one caveat: in ETS2 there are still fail situations where the AI traffic stops in a position that makes it impossible to move without a collision at junctions. It's better than it used to be but it still happens. If you're going to have city driving there are 2 important issues:
    1) traffic stopping to let a truck pull out needs to stop far enough from the junction to allow for the swing of the trailer (mostly solved in recent releases of ETS2)
    2) on tight junctions, trucks need to swing wide, often approaching a turn in the "wrong" lane, in order to get the trailer around the corner. This even more common in the US where the trucks and trailers are longer, also trailer axles tend to be nearer the rear of the trailer. If you do that move in ETS2, guaranteed a car or another truck comes along the inside of you and collides with the trailer as you turn. It's OK for that to happen occasionally (like say 1%) but not every time.

    Other than that - looking good and awaiting it eagerly. I hope too that ATS will have what we had in the earlier games, i.e. second-hand truck dealers. I liked that feature in ALH.

    Out of interest and noting the comments from Mr. Whinealot about the graphics (don't listen to him, they're pretty good) I tried playing ALH a little while ago and comparing that with ETS2 shows just how far SCS have improved - ALH feels very artificial and clunky now!

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  52. Shut up and take my money!!1 http://itmag.es/1eYuE

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  53. Please make the flatbed trailers have spread axles, unlike what is shown in these screenshots. Would make me a happy driver :)

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  54. Espero con ansias la liberación del American Truck Simulator, se ve fantastico!!!

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  55. I want delete my profile in World Of Trucks. How I do this? This option is not available. Plese, insert this option. Thank you.

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  56. dear SCS, whether it is possible to see a map for ATS and Scandinavia add-on?

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  57. in my opinion ETS2 is better than ATS.. i like more ets2.
    Please add fast DAF XF and scandinavia add-on
    Cheers SCS ! THX for all

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  58. Nice screenshots of the Californian streets and houses, BUT, why are you hauling the European pipe load trailer, that isn't very American, I hope you have PROPER trailers in this version, we don't want ANYTHING European in it.

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  59. Just add in day cab versions on the trucks and I-80 which runs from New York City to San Franscico and I will be set

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  60. Every update look better and shows the progress. Expectations are high here SCS .... looking forward to it.

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