Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Great American Tour

For the first time in many years, two small teams from our office are travelling to the USA to attend events, meet our fans, to get some reference material for the future development of American Truck Simulator and to breathe in the atmosphere of the States in general!

Down south, Carthoo, one of our Community Managers, Raven, one of our Research leads and Saimon, one of the map DLC leads, will be attending the Great American Trucking Show event in Dallas, TX. You can meet them there on the first two days of the event (Aug 22 - 23), but due to problems with certification for our 4D motion seat, you'll find our team roaming the show floor. You can also keep an eye on our social media, where we'll announce where and when you can meet them.

And because lots of you might not make it to GATS, we'll try to find somewhere in Dallas, where we can meet with you, our community, face to face for a chit-chat, discussions about our games and their development. Plus, with some luck, we hope to be able to host another meet-up in a few days later somewhere along the planned road. We'll give you more info before the event.

On the West Coast, Alex (LondonLad), one of our Community Managers and Oscar, our Business Development will both be attending this year’s PAX West event in Seattle, WA. They will be there for all 4 days of the show (Aug 30 – Sep 2), alongside our partner, Thrustmaster, who will be showcasing their product line-up working in tandem with American Truck Simulator. Alex and Oscar will be looking forward to meeting you at Thrustmaster’s stand at the Expo Hall between 10:30am to around 5pm daily.  Make sure you drop by and say hello to them; perhaps you will walk away with a prize or two!

And last but not least, we are exploring the possibility of sending a third team to the USA; stay tuned to learn more.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

SCS On The Road: Nürburgring 2019

Our On The Road crew is packing their bags and preparing to travel to their next destination - the Nürburgring race circuit, a place where so many important events happened throughout the history of racing!

This ETRC event there will take place from 20-21st of July, and we will be there on both of these days. Again, you can find us under one roof with GRAMMER, with whom we've teamed up for all the FIA ETRC 2019 events. So be sure to look out for the ETS2/ GRAMMER themed Container!

If you're going to be there, you should definitely consider stopping by. Our 4D-motion seat will be there with our crew, who'll be glad to meet our fans! You may be rewarded for driving on our sim, or for showing us how dedicated you are as a player through your World of Trucks or Steam profile. There may also be something really special for truly dedicated truckers!

And as always, we'll be reporting from the event live through our social media channels - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - for those who won't be able to make it there!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Moon Landing Anniversary

On July 16, 1969, at 13:32:00 UTC, The Apollo 11 Saturn V space rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center, sending astronauts Commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin and a command module pilot Michael Collins on an incredible mission to the moon and back.

It would take three days to travel through outer space to the moon, and even more impressive was the technology that took them there. The journey was made with a computer with 1,300 times less processing power than the average smartphone you hold in your hand today.

On July 20 at precisely 20:17pm UTC, The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle landed on the surface of the Moon, as the world watched as Neil and Buzz take their first steps on the moon and spoke the famous words 'That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this historic event, we are releasing a very special Space Paint Job Pack for American Truck Simulator, including a few unique accessory items for your truck cab. We are sure it'll make your rig look out of this world.

And to showcase our new paint job pack, we're having a stream this evening on both Twitch and Steam from 15:00 UTC. There'll be some talk, Q&A, giveaways - and a very special person you didn't see in our streams yet!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

GPS Voice Navigation

One of the major features of the 1.35 Update, for both American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2, was the addition of the GPS Voice Navigation functionality and the welcome party was great! It felt like only minutes after we pushed the button, that almost every nation had one or more versions of their own language supported for the voice-over feature. This is thanks to the community who took full advantage of our games' mod support.

Yep, that's right, with little effort you can find different GPS voices, ranging from funny to serious, voiced by well-known actors, comedians, celebrities and of course our very own modders. That's because adding different voice packs or even recording your own is really easy! Check out our modding wiki to see how!

That said, as much as we love community-made mods, add-ons and reworks, we didn't slam on the brakes! There will soon be a total of 15 supported languages; this means that in the future update, you'll find 6 new language options in addition to the 9 that we already have. This mini-update will also bring some minor fixes and changes, which are mostly a result of your helpful feedback. Thank you for that!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Black Sea: Villages

Since the release of the Vive la France!, you asked for more rural roads in every new map expansion. Understandably, as the sights there are much more charming than the highways views. And what completes the rural atmosphere, except nice countryside? Of course, villages!

So today we'd like to share some screenshots from a few mostly-completed villages throughout the countries of the upcoming Road to the Black Sea. And since so many of you wish for more ways to avoid highways, we plan to build a lot more of these!

While it's still a work-in-progress, the beauty of this region begins to show itself, wouldn't you say?

Thursday, July 4, 2019

American Truck Simulator - Utah

Many of you beelieved it when we told you that there's another map expansion coming to American Truck Simulator later this year, and most of you guessed the right one!

We couldn't think of a more appropriate time to announce that Utah will become the seventh state in our game than on Independence Day!

And why the Bee teaser? Because Utah is nicknamed the Beehive state, as the Beehive represents hard work and industry. It is also connected to the early pioneer Mormon settlers in the region.

Today, Utah has a population of more than 3 million spread across on 84,899 square miles and features a dry, semi-arid to a desert climate. Utah's many mountains also guarantee a large variety of climates creating a very specific atmosphere with which we tried our best to recreate.

Coming of Utah will also break the "hockey stick" or "L-shape" as you, our community, nicknamed the actual game map. This will allow for a better variety in routes between your destinations and hopefully, bring a richer variety behind the wheel. You will also find new cargoes available since Utah is the center to many different industries.

From now, until the release of this map expansion later this year, you can look forward to more blog posts and articles dedicated to Utah, accompanied with screenshots mapping the development progress.

Meanwhile, why don't you add American Truck Simulator - Utah to your Steam wishlist?

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

From Virtual To Real Trucks

Often we receive emails from our community who share their gratitude and stories of how our sim-games brought not only great fun but also in some cases, something extra. Our creations have become so inspiring that we have even influenced players real lives. In the past, we have shared one of these stories with you. Driver Dustin Kochara shared with us his story of how American Truck Simulator helped him to graduate in driving school.

Today we would like to mention Colin Taylor and how his path playing Euro Truck Simulator 2 led to much more. Colin sent us an email which we'd like to share with you:

Hi there.

I just felt the need to let you know this. Your games ETS2 and ATS made me get my Artic license and start lorry driving.

2 years ago I have had a screenshot of your Steam page, with your 10/10 rating and a mate said: “Dare you to get this and try it”. He was joking. A lorry simulator did seem kinda silly (sorry). But I took the challenge and got ETS2. Played it one night with a few rum and cokes. Then played it another night. Then added mods, and my own tunes etc. Then I got a steering wheel, which took it to another level. After maybe 20 sessions playing I had the crazy thought - Jeez, I could do this as I reckon. At the time I was a taxi driver, 20 years at the job. I wasn't unhappy at it, but having a drunk / smelly / cheeky / ignorant stranger beside you all day long had become very tiresome. Mentioned my funny thought about my wife, and she said: “Why don’t you go for it?”

Got my license Last August. Subbed via an agency for a freight company in Northern Ireland (I live close to Belfast) past 6 months, and just last week I got a full-time job with them. All because of your game. Complete career and life change. I didn't realize I was unhappy where I was in life until I discovered how happy I am with life now. My only gripe with the whole thing? I very rarely play your games anymore, cause, well, it is much like taking work home with me lol.

So anyway, a massive thanks to you from me, my wife, and my kids (they see more of me now). And massive well done on your fantastic creations. You deserve all the plaudits you get. Keep up the good work.

Thank you, Colin, for sharing of your real-life story with us and congratulations on your success. We wish you thousands of safe kilometers on the road!