Tuesday, November 15, 2016

ATS World Rescale Open Beta

We are ready to show you our progress at the American Truck Simulator map rescale project!

Some places could still benefit from additional love, but the pieces of the puzzle are already in place, and now we would appreciate your feedback. Please keep in mind that our goal was not to completely rebuild the whole world, so set your expectations accordingly. Changing the scale from 1:35 into 1:20 gave us a lot more room for better placement of intersections and interchanges, and a chance to introduce some roads and places for which there was not enough space in the old map. But we've kept in place the parts that were working as expected in our view, so of course you will still recognize most of the destinations.

So, what to expect of the (Open Beta of) ATS version 1.5?

It's bigger! You will understand it once you start the game.

New chassis options (6x2 & 6x2 Midlift)
There is an option now to choose 6x2 chassis or 6x2 chassis with lift-able axles (lifted axles avoid unnecessary tire wear when the weight distribution stays within legal limits).

Weight stations
We have improved how they operate to better reflect reality. A message will always pop up before you apporach a weight station telling you if you can bypass it (green light) or you have to go get checked (red light).

Parking brake behaviour
Thanks to pneumatic safeguard you have to manually disengage parking brake if you had low air pressure previously.

Map projection
We are now using Lambert conformal conic projection (LCC) instead of Mercator projection so it will more accurately show the area and shape of each state as you are used to from any other source.

(Apart from these four new crucial changes, any new features recently introduced to ETS2 Open Beta are present in the new update of ATS too)

Anyway, time to get behind the wheel and see for yourself! There are so many miles waiting out there for you to explore and enjoy - like steep hill climbs to familiar places (or brake-busting downhills!), a new city and yet more. 

As with any open beta we are looking forward to hearing feedback from our players! Please visit our forum where you can find and participate in relevant discusions under topics like SCS Site discussion and American Truck Simulator Section.

How to access the Open Beta? In the public_beta branch on Steam! (Steam client → LIBRARY → right click on American Truck Simulator → Properties → Betas tab → public_beta - 1.5 public beta). No password is required. Please note that this version of the game is only intended for testing, it may contain bugs. It's perfectly fine to wait for the official update of the game!

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