Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New Mexico: New Prefabs

We are excited about our progress on New Mexico map DLC expansion for American Truck Simulator. It is still going to take us some time to wrap the work up and polish it for release, but we feel that we are ready to gradually start showing you new cool stuff from New Mexico.

An important part of the in-game economy are the prefabs representing local industries. They should be visually recognizable and believable for gameplay to be fun. Prefabs are often represented by a typical building, special-purpose installation, or even a whole industrial complex. We focus on their realistic appearance and adjust them to fit perfectly into the surroundings. The team is doing their homework on research to make sure we take proper inspirations from relevant real industrial facilities as the basis for our work.


Stone by stone, we piled gravel deposits to represent the location for the transport of bulk materials. It's made up of tons of raw materials, loaders, conveyors and other heavy machinery.




The Intermodal Train Depot is a typical US transport hub for loading and unloading of entire trailers. These are then further transported by rail to save both fuel costs and fuel emissions to another node in the transportation network, before they reach their final destination by road again.



Within the prefab intended for the food industry, we may have gotten a little carried away. We designed and implemented unique depots that will surprise you by their size. We were inspired by actual existing industrial facilities for production of cereals and dairy products. An important feature of those two objects represents separated locations for loading and unloading. The rear wing is used for supply of raw materials, the front one for distribution of finished products. This solution is designed according to the regulations for the transport of foodstuffs.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Big in America

After revealing our plans for Heavy Cargo for Euro Truck Simulator 2, we have noticed some American Truck Simulator players worrying if we are not forgetting about them.

Fear not, because we have something equally cool in the making for you!

The US regulations are different from European, calling for different axle configurations for the special transport trailers. It takes a ton of skill to master driving these monstrosities, just look at the screenshots bellow...




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Reference Research for American Truck Simulator

We're trying to discover even the smallest details about the new areas we're working on. We don't hesitate to go down the roads less traveled. Our researchers are digging hard, maybe too hard and too deep this time!?


Follow our blog and other social media to discover all the important information about the new region we are building for American Truck Simulator.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Easter!

Many games contain Easter Eggs (Easter Egg on wikipedia), and American Truck Simulator is no different. You may have found some of them already, but it's the time of the year now when you may be inspired to look for more.

Easter Eggs in ATS don't have any particular core gameplay role, but we have created a special Steam achievement for one of them. We thought we would hint at a few of them here in this post, but without showing their exact locations...

Sneaky ducks?!


Have I seen this mansion before?!


Wanna race?


Such a nice day to relax out in the woods...


This is just a sample, there are more secrets to find. Please, don't spoil the fun for the others and do not reveal the locations of these secrets in the comments! Have an awesome time during Easter!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Heavyweights to enter the ring soon

We have been spending considerable time during the recent year fine-tuning truck & trailer physics and improving power train simulation. We feel more and more confident now that we'll be soon ready to share the results of this development with you.

We are preparing new content and gameplay features for both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. As a first, we plan to bring you a pack of new Heavy Cargo sitting on all-new trailers for ETS2. The driving experience with 50+ tons in tow is very different, so much in fact that it may tempt us to pack in new powerful chassis configurations for some of the trucks!


Monday, April 10, 2017

American Truck Simulator at MATS 2017

We have covered our visit to Mid-America Truck Show on our various social media channels like Twitter, a huge dump of raw photos was also posted on Imgur. But a couple of readers have reminded us that we have failed to mention it also here on the blog. As some fans prefer the blog over any other ways of checking news on SCS Software, we owe you to also make a short post here.

For us, the brightest star of the show was a Pete 579 simulator presented at Peterbilt's booth, using a customized version of American Truck Simulator to render the world and instruct the cab to dance around. It was kind of only a proof of concept project, but we think it worked pretty neat, as you can see in the YouTube video below:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Community's Driver Seats #2

After a while, we are back with a bunch of awesome photos of driving "rigs" built by our very passionate fellow sim truckers. If you've missed the first article on this topic, you can check it out retrospectively here.

Photos of yours gaming setups are still coming from time to time, and we really admire the massive dedication invested into making these places of ultimate & virtual trucking. Keep the pictures coming - you can send them straight to the inboxes via messages at our official Facebook profiles: Euro Truck Simulator 2, American Truck Simulator or SCS Software.

Here comes another set of amazing photos:








Once again, thank you so much for sharing these photos with us! Stay awesome and have a great time!