Thursday, August 11, 2022

Texas - Agriculture

The relationship between trucks and agriculture is something that some people might find trivial, yet it’s important to realize how crucial this cooperation actually is. Gone are now the days of small-scale farming in the backyards since the modern dedicated lands are growing in size rapidly. And what better place to look at as an example of this development than the state of Texas, which has 127 million acres of agricultural land?

It is said that grain elevators are such massive and complex structures that even the employees who operate within them can get lost from time to time. While that might possibly be true, we assure you if you will see a high frequency of these buildings on your journey through the Lone Star State, you are most likely (but don’t bet on it) located in the northern area, as this part of the country features most of them.

This facility is designed to stockpile or store grain, and with over 248,000 real-life farms, you can imagine why it was necessary to feature several of these complexes in the upcoming DLC. 

While vineyards are a bit less common, Texas ranks fifth in the US wine production, and the history of this particular industry dates back to 1650. After so many years, there are currently over 400 local wineries with several of these locations being the destinations of the so-called "wine tourism". And even though in our game you can only head out to these areas on a business trip, they are still a worthy sight to behold.

You will also be able to haul to and from areas dedicated to the cattle industry, which contributes billions of dollars to market products sold every year, and the cotton industry (more in our previous article). Additionally, there will also be farms growing watermelons, since Texas ranks 3rd in US production and this fruit state’s largest annual horticultural crop. 

As always, make sure to add the Texas DLC to your Steam Wishlist to show us how excited you are to contribute to the local in-game economy with your hard work. Also, to never miss out on anything important, you can follow our social media profiles (TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok), subscribe to our newsletter, or check out our microsite dedicated to this project.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

West Balkans - Guess where we are

Today we are excited to share with you a glimpse into the upcoming West Balkans DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2. This large region is still very much in the early phases of development and our map teams are hard at work recreating this unique part of the world. 

The West Balkans DLC consists of 8 new countries, so as you can imagine, there is alot of new ground to cover! So we thought we would put you, our #BestCommunityEver to the challenge of figuring out where the screenshots in this blog were taken. 

Think you can pinpoint where the real life equivalent of these locations are? Let us know your answers in the comments or through our social media platforms (Forums, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). 

Like what you see? Then be sure to add the West Balkans DLC to your Steam Wishlist! Your addition really helps supports us and notifies you in the future when the DLC releases. We look forward to bringing you more dedicated blogpost topics on this region in the future. 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Montana Release

Dear #BestCommunityEver, the day is finally here! We are excited to let you know that the final preparations to release the Montana DLC for American Truck Simulator are quickly approaching the finish line. 

Montana DLC is now available on Steam for everyone!


So what exactly does our Montana DLC have to offer for truckers? These are just a few of the things we think you will love: 
  • Deliver to and from 15 cities and discover 17 settlements 
  • Discover and deliver to Montana's important industries like Sugar Plants, Talc Factory, Silane Gas, Electric Network Service, and more!
  • Drive on the Going-to-the-sun road.
  • See landmarks unique to Montana
  • Visit Glacier National Park and part of the Yellowstone National Park and get bird's-eye views with many new viewpoints.
  • Admire accurate representations of cities like Helena, Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell, and more!
  • Visit and take a rest at famous Montana rest stops & gas stations.
  • Unlock Montana-specific Steam Achievements
...and much more!


We will also have a World of Trucks event for those who will set out on a journey across The Treasure State, with unique rewards to be earned once you complete delivery to or from 12 different Montana cities and drive a certain amount of miles. You can learn more about the rules in yesterday’s blog post and take part in #CruisingMontana at WorldofTrucks.com, where you can register an account for free. We can’t wait to see your photos and clips across our Social Media channels using the hashtag (feel free to tag our official accounts - TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok)!


The event will be concluded on Sunday the 25th of September at 23:59 UTC. Since we don’t want anyone to feel pressure to rush through the DLC as fast as possible, we hope this time frame will give everyone enough freedom to drive through this wonderful state at their own pace and still get rewarded for being an early adopter of the map expansion.


Oh, and we also have one more special reward for you. If you will take any External Contract or External Market job to or from the city of Kalispell, you will earn a Mountain Goat plush toy as a cabin accessory! While not listed as a state symbol, these "climbers" are quite often seen in the elevated rocky areas above the roads and we figured since Kalispell is the closest to the mountains you might feel like taking of these interesting fellas on a trip all around the US in your mighty truck.


We would also like to invite you to a special Montana release live stream on our official Twitch channel starting at 17:00 CEST. Don't miss out on this broadcast as we talk with Davido (DLC Lead) PLUS a special guest appearance from Pavel Ĺ ebor CEO of SCS Software! We will be answering questions from the community, talking in-depth about the DLC, giving away free Montana Steam keys and of course, releasing the highly anticipated map expansion LIVE on stream!


We hope you’ll enjoy exploring what Montana has to offer! We will see you on the roads!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Cruising Montana Event

Join us tomorrow, August 4th, as we celebrate the release of our new Montana DLC by taking part in our World Of Trucks event - Cruising Montana! From majestic mountains to crystal clear lakes, Montana will take your breath away with its unspoiled nature as you deliver to various farms, ranches and new industries.

We are asking our #BestCommunityEver to achieve the community goal of driving 100,000,000 miles  (160,934,400 km) while delivering cargoes to or from any city in Montana.

While #CruisingMontana you'll experience an untamed wilderness due to its large open lands and small population. Drive with us from the prairies in the east to mountain ranges in the west. Be delighted by views of the Rocky Mountains, home to mountain goats and the endangered grizzly bears. This Treasure State is not only known for its gold and silver mines, but it also enjoys a rich agricultural heritage, with ranching and farming bringing forth economies like livestock, sugar and grain production. So, you truckers play an important part in Montana's industry.

In Montana we offer plenty of viewing platforms, allowing you to take in spectacular views and highlights of this Big Sky Country:

  • Glacier National Park, a large wilderness area of glacier-carved peaks and valleys.
  • Great Falls, a series of five waterfalls located on the Missouri River.
  • Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.
  • Yellowstone National park, a large wilderness area with volcano and oldest national park in the world.

And, as before, you can experience all this in the external market with your own trailer!

Montana DLC is offering 15 charming new cities to explore, and we are offering a special reward for completing your personal goal, which will require you to deliver a job to or from at least 12 of them. All jobs for the event need to be 100 miles each (161 km) or more, and don't forget to check out the rules.

Get ready for our latest addition to American Truck Simulator and share your adventures with us, as you discover a wide variety of farms and industries across the state, while enjoying the unspoiled nature, charming small towns, and spectacular views of Montana.

Rules

Using External Contracts or External Market, with a World of Trucks-connected profile in American Truck Simulator, the community goal is to drive 100,000,000 miles (160,934,400 km) while delivering cargoes to or from any city in Montana.

When a player completes a delivery to or from 12 different Montana cities, they will achieve their personal goal.

All jobs for the event need to be at least 100 miles each (161 km), or more.

You can check if your recent deliveries met these conditions using your Log Book in your World of Trucks profile.

Rewards

Community goal: When the community goal of driving 100,000,000 miles (160,934,400 km) during deliveries to or from any city in Montana is met, and if the player has also achieved their personal goal, then they will receive a hanging Sapphire Meadowlark ornament Steam inventory item.

Personal goal: Players that deliver cargo to or from 12 of the 15 Montana cities will gain a personal World of Trucks Achievement and a majestic Montana Grizzly themed ATS truck paint job Steam inventory item.


The event will be concluded on Sunday the 25th of September at 23:59 UTC.

We can't wait to read about your inspiring journeys through Montana, from its prairies to the mountain ranges of this Treasure State, or even somewhere in-between, and we are really looking forward to viewing your latest photos from cruising this amazing new map! Share your screenshots and videos with us using the hashtag #CruisingMontana on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles and we will share our favourite ones (we may even feature some of them in a future blog post!).

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Western Star® 57X Coming to American Truck Simulator

Today, we are excited to reveal a secret project that we've been working on very closely with Western Star® Trucks. Shortly after its real-world premiere, we are very excited to announce the arrival of the Western Star 57X, which is now available at your nearest Western Star® Trucks dealership in American Truck Simulator!

The Western Star® 57X combines the best of two worlds – taking the X-Series DNA with bold design & rugged durability, combining it with the best of Daimler Truck North America’s on-highway platform, tested over millions of miles, bringing you the most advanced and innovative Western Star highway truck. Ever! 

The Western Star® 57X arrives with a select choice of configurations and customizations. This includes a day cab and a 72" sleeper cab, 3 short chassis options and 2 longer chassis options, 5 interior trim designs, exclusively Detroit® powertrain options, and so many more customizations and accessories to make your flagship truck stand out! 

Be sure to also check out the unique Phoenix Rising paint job for this truck (and your trailer), which many of you may already be familiar from the pre-launch teasers. 

A massive thank you to our friends over at Western Star® for allowing us to once again work with them so closely to bring this truck to American Truck Simulator shortly after its real-life premiere! We are sure that there is more to come from our cooperation with Daimler Truck North America. Be sure to share your first virtual journey with the 57X with us (@SCSSoftware) and Western Star (@WstrnStarTrucks) on our Twitter with the hashtag #BreakNewGround 



Western Star® is a trademark of Daimler Trucks North America LLC and is used under license to SCS Software s.r.o.