Friday, December 8, 2023

Arkansas - Guess Where We Are

It's time to put your geographic knowledge and detective skills to the test! Can you Guess Where We Are? In this blog, you can find a selection of screenshots from Arkansas, one of our in-development states for American Truck Simulator. Think you can correctly identify the real-life equivalent location for each of these shots? Share your guesses with us in the blog comments!

We look forward to seeing who was able to get closest with their guesses. Whilst Arkansas is still under heavy development, we hope this blog gives you a glimpse into the work being undertaken. If you like what you see, be sure to add the Arkansas DLC to your Steam Wishlist and follow our social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok) to always be up to date with any news and updates.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Michelin Fan Pack DLC Release

We're thrilled to present a fresh collection of truck tires and accessories, officially licensed from Michelin for American Truck Simulator. To enhance the experience, we've added a variety of "aftermarket" goodies and paint jobs, creating a blend that's sure to bring joy to every Michelin enthusiast.

Michelin, a global giant in tire manufacturing with a rich history spanning over 120 years, is renowned for innovation. The unmistakable brand identity is embodied by Bibendum, the iconic Michelin Man, one of the oldest trademarks worldwide.

Check out the Michelin Fan Pack DLC for American Truck Simulator on the Steam Store. While the officially licensed tires are listed below, there's more to explore. Just as many drivers go the extra mile to personalize their vehicles, we're offering a selection of additional cabin accessories and fan-inspired paint jobs beyond the official merchandise.

Truck & Trailer tires:

Steer Tires

X Line Energy Z 275/80 R 22.5
X Multi Energy Z2 295/75 R 22.5

Drive Tires

X Line Energy Z 275/80 R 22.5
X Multi Energy D 275/80 R 22.5
X Line Energy D+ 275/80 R 22.5
X Multi Energy Z2 295/75 R 22.5
X One Line Energy D 445/50 R 22.5
X One Line Grip D 445/50 R 22.5

Trailer Tires

X Line Energy Z 275/80 R 22.5
XTE 275/80 R 22.5
X Multi Energy Z2 295/75 R 22.5
X Line Energy T2 295/75 R 22.5
X Line Energy Z 275/80 R 22.5
XTE 275/80 R 22.5
X Multi Energy Z2 295/75 R 22.5
X Line Energy T2 295/75 R 22.5
X One Multi Energy T 445/50 R 22.5
X One Line Energy T2 445/50 R 22.5

Truck and trailer paint jobs & accessories:

Truck paint jobs

Michelin Bibendum
Michelin Tracks

Trailer paint jobs

Michelin Bibendum
Michelin Tracks

Cabin accessories

Michelin Cap
Michelin Gloves
Michelin Coat
Michelin Bottle
Michelin Bag
Michelin Coffee Mug
Michelin Glasses
Michelin Bobblehead
Michelin Notebook

Also, don't forget to decorate your cabin with the new cool Michelin accessories! We are adding nine of them, and the choice is up to you. We look forward to hitting the road with a Michelin Bobblehead nodding on our dashboard, sipping coffee from a Michelin mug, and keeping a handy Michelin bag by our side.

This DLC represents a significant milestone as we continue to integrate prominent transportation brands into our game universe. It's a moment for celebration, and we want to share this joy with the most dedicated players of American Truck Simulator!

With the release of this DLC, our vehicle team is going to update the Michelin Fan Pack DLC for ETS2 as well by adding two brand-new Michelin paint jobs for your trailer!

We hope you are excited to see what the Michelin Fan Pack DLC has to offer. If you are, you can get the DLC on Steam. Keep in mind to check out our social media profiles (X/TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok) and give them a follow to stay in touch with the latest news!

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

California Rework - Research Trip

Earlier this year, five members of our American Truck Simulator map team had the opportunity to explore California and neighbouring states in the USA. Their trip served the dual purpose of collecting references and information while also drawing inspiration for the California Rework project. In this blog, we'll be giving you a glimpse of the team's adventures.

The team consisting of Jan (Janek), Nicolaj (RACERTOFT), Hoang (Johny), Juraj, and Martin (Raffnit) managed to drive around 3500 miles in 12 days and visit four US states - California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah.

"The aim of our trip was to go through the areas we are currently working on or would like to rework or reskin in the future. Mainly central and southern California, but the road also took us to western Arizona and Nevada," says Janek. "Among the big cities, we managed to visit San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. All cities offered us a very valuable experience in how to properly grasp their size and adequately translate it into our game."

The team not only had the opportunity to gain experience from American cities but also derived valuable insights from the diverse American natural landscapes and national parks. They were also able to visit several areas with the intention of faithfully representing them as depots in our game.

"I can probably speak for the entire crew when I say that this trip was very rewarding and eye-opening for us in many ways. And we were able to see the real America that we could only imagine from our Prague offices," Janek shares with us.

It was quite hectic for the team as they saw so many iconic places in such a short time. "We were overwhelmed with information and landmarks. It's a very different landscape for us from Europe, and sometimes it gave us a headache to see something new all the time. That's probably the strongest experience I took away from it," says Johny. "I was surprised that everything is designed for vehicular traffic. You don't see that much concrete in Europe. But the Californian countryside is very beautiful and looks quite idyllic."

"Visiting the cities we'll personally be working on gave us an amazing insight into how the cities are supposed to feel, what kind of a vibe they give off and what are some of the most iconic and memorable moments while driving through there that we should represent in our game. I was thrilled by the engineering of the large interchanges, while riding on some of the ramps raised high above the ground one might almost feel like floating through the air," says Martin.

The research trip to the USA proved to be a highly beneficial experience for the team. It became evident on-site that the importance of firsthand experience cannot be overstated, as photos and references from internet maps can be quite distorting.

"We could see this, for example, in the shape and curvature of the roads. Everything in the US is bigger than here in Europe. I was very positively surprised that everything was clean and very nicely groomed. I was literally shocked by the beautiful and varied nature we were able to experience, not only in the national parks but also along the highway as we moved on to other places," Juraj tells us.

We look forward to sharing how these research trips translate to our virtual recreation of the states in the future. Until then, we hope you enjoyed this little insight on the process of recreating a state/region, and how our teams gain experience and knowledge of the states. Stay tuned for more updates by following our social media channels (X/TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok).

Monday, December 4, 2023

SCS On The Road - Daimler Truck North America Museum Tour

In the latest episode of our SCS On The Road video series, we're thrilled to take you on a tour of the Daimler Truck North America Museum. Join us as we explore a captivating collection of both newer models and classic trucks, showcasing the evolution of the industry.

From cutting-edge designs that redefine the standards to iconic classics from Western Star and Freightliner, the museum is a testament to Daimler Truck's commitment to innovation and craftsmanship. Come along for the ride as we delve into the rich history of trucking at this remarkable destination.

We would like to give a shout out to the awesome folks at Daimler Truck North America Museum, Western Star Trucks, and Freightliner! Thank you for having us. Keep on truckin' and paving the way for the future of transportation.

We hope you enjoyed this episode of SCS On The Road. Keep in mind to check out our social media profiles (X/TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok) and give them a follow to stay in touch with the latest news!

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Kansas DLC Release

Get ready to rev up your engines and start an exciting journey as the Kansas DLC for American Truck Simulator is releasing today. Explore breathtaking landscapes and vibrant cities in this latest expansion!

Kansas DLC for American Truck Simulator is released!

Start a big adventure with the Kansas map expansion. Take your time and enjoy every moment as you discover these features:

  • Deliver to 14 explorable cities including Kansas City, Wichita, or Topeka
  • See several landmarks unique to Kansas such as the historic Dodge City, Monument Rocks, and Mount Sunflower
  • Become a trucker transporting goods for Kansas' key industries - Salt Mine, Food Factory, Car Factory, Building Material Factory, and Battery Factory
  • Deliver cargo to Aerosystem, playing a key role in Wichita's aerospace industry
  • Visit Hutchinson and admire the world's largest silos
  • Play a crucial role in one of America's major agricultural states. Transport goods that sustain Kansas' farming legacy
  • Enjoy trucking through several scenic towns (settlements)
  • Drive through expansive prairies, providing unforgettable views

Transforming from its agricultural origins, Kansas has developed into a bustling industrial center, enticing major enterprises with its strategic placement and well-organized logistics. 

Truckers can contribute to and experience a range of industries, spanning from the flourishing aviation domain, and agricultural depots to automobile manufacturing, the famed salt mine, and more.

The Kansas DLC is also a part of The Great Plains Calling! bundle on Steam. It's a convenient way to fill in the gaps in your DLC collection for American Truck Simulator. Dive into the diverse landscapes of Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and now Kansas - all part of the package we've crafted. 

This bundle operates on a "Complete the set" basis, ensuring you only pay for the DLCs that are not already in your library!

Cruising Kansas Event

Starting with the release, there will be a special #CruisingKansas World of Trucks event, where you can earn unique rewards. We are asking our #BestCommunityEver to achieve the community goal of driving 125,000,000 miles (201,168,000 km) while delivering cargo to or from any city in Kansas. You can read more about this event in the dedicated blog post.

We also have a unique gift for you. If you take any External Contract or External Market job TO or FROM the city of Topeka, you'll earn the Tiger Salamander Plush, which can be used as a cabin accessory. Kansas is the home to salamanders so you should definitely consider inviting one to ride along with you during long journeys.

Farm Machinery DLC

Along with the Kansas DLC, we are also releasing the Farm Machinery DLC. This DLC presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the agricultural landscape, especially in the newly added Kansas, where agriculture takes center stage. Haul everything from tractors to spreaders with two in-game brands Owl & Greenler and don't forget to decorate your cabin with special accessories. Read more about this DLC in the dedicated blog post.

Special Transport DLC Update

With the Kansas expansion, you'll be able to haul special cargo on 6 new routes, of which 4 are located within the state, but two of them will be a bit more special, as they start in Pueblo (CO) and lead to either Marysville (707 miles) or Dodge City (313 miles). You will also be able to transport the newly added 39-meter-long (over 129 feet) wind turbine blade and a massive articulated hauler. Find out more about the update here.

Release Live Stream

Catch our special reveal stream on our official Twitch or Youtube channel at 4:00 PM CET. Get a sneak peek of what's coming up in Kansas, along with exclusive insights and chats with the developers!

We are excited to have you hit the roads of Kansas! Share your initial adventures with us by using #CruisingKansas. Stay tuned for more updates by following our social media channels (X/TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok). And don't forget, the Sunflower State has surprises beyond the surface - your next fantastic journey might be just around the corner. See you on the road!