Tuesday, November 12, 2019

On The Road: Gamevention

As our SCS On The Road season comes to a close for 2019, we are excited to announce that we will be adding one more stop to our calendar!


On the 23rd and 24th of November we have been kindly invited to Gamevention 2019 hosted in Hamburg, Germany. This has been made possible by the team at HyperX and Allied Esports who have invited us to exhibit alongside their famous, Big Betty Truck.


Much like our SCS truck, Big Betty is a Kenworth W900 trucking around Europe hauling the best in HyperX gear and PC gaming rigs. They also host Esports competitions, allow players to have the opportunity to play and be coached by professionals and even win some great prizes.

We are excited to be showcasing our latest map expansions PLUS an opportunity to win prizes in our reverse-parking challenge. We hope to meet many of you from our community there, alongside HyperX and many other great developers and fun games.

You can find out more info and how to get tickets to Gamevention 2019 at their website: https://gamevention.de/ - We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Utah: Community showcase

We are happy to see how much our community has been enjoying driving in American Truck Simulator with the recent release of Utah. New drivers also had the opportunity to hit the road with a free weekend and take advantage of sales to our ATS collection on Steam (available until Thursday!).

There was also a small surprise hidden in Utah - and we promised to tell you how to get it, right?


A great number of you got their Bee cabin toy already and the rest of you, early adopters who get Utah before the end of November, can get it very fast too - just follow this guide:

  • Create an account to World of Trucks (if you don't have one already)
  • In the game connect your in-game profile to your World of Trucks account
  • Using External Contracts complete one delivery from Salt Lake city
  • Redeem your reward on your World of Trucks event page

There's also a great period of time after we release a new map expansion when a number of community-made videos, pictures, gifs and other fan art appear - so as always, we're posting some of those. Hope you'll enjoy them as much as we did!

Gameplay videos:







Trailer videos:






Friday, November 8, 2019

Pink Ribbon Charity Event: Conclusion

Inspired by truck manufacturers and truckers from around the world, this month of October we joined the international Pink Ribbon campaign and we asked you, our community, to take part and support this great cause by delivering Pink Ribbon goods across Europe and America in our World of Trucks event.

We also created a Pink Ribbon Charity Pack DLC for both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator with the intention for all the proceeds to go to reputable Breast Cancer research and awareness charities dedicated to fighting this disease, to give you an option to do a good thing and get ting a little reward for it.


The Pink Ribbon Charity event concluded on Sunday the 20th of October, and we have to say that it was an incredible success! We could not have wished for a better response from the community. The first week saw us all reach massive 730,000 deliveries and the final numbers were...well see for yourselves!

Almost 70,000 players reached their personal goal with an average of 3,314 personal goals achieved every day. Wow, that’s an average of more than 55,000 deliveries per day with a final delivery count of nearly 1.2 million, well over and above our community goal of 1 million deliveries.

And, while educating and spreading the word was even more important than attending the event this time, we're happy to say the numbers were really tremendous there too! Just check them out:


So again, a big thank you to every single person from our #BestCommunityEver who joined in and shared a screenshot or video under the #PinkMyTruck hashtag!

It was also great to see other companies raising awareness like NHS England and MetLife, running unique donation campaigns, like Chevrolet or generally bringing more attention to this important theme, like Renault TrucksMAN Trucks & BusDAF Trucks, Mack Trucks , Scania Group and many others.

Thanks to you, our community, we were able to collect much more than what we initially expected - over 45K US Dollars! So, we've decided to split that amount to include more than the initial two charities that were announced - Breast Cancer Research Foundation (US)  and Alliance of Women with Breast Cancer (CZ). The first of the new beneficiaries is Breast Cancer Germany (DE), with more to follow from our shortlist.


For us, one of the best parts of the event was a visit from representatives of the Czech Rep based charity, Alliance of Women with Breast Cancer (Aliance žen s rakovinou prsu). They explained to us their supportive role, their experiences with patients, and the symptoms of breast cancer, including a hands-on self-examination tutorial. We learnt quite a few things that we didn't know before and it was great to hear how much our #BestCommunityEver's donation will help.  We can't stress enough how important it is to do regular self-exams and to seek a full doctor check-up in case of any suspicions.

If you somehow missed the event but still want to donate, don’t worry, you can! Both charity packs will stay on Steam and Humble Bundle, and their sales will remain 100% dedicated to funding reputable Breast Cancer charities. Every time a sufficient amount is collected, we're going to send it to a charity dedicated to Breast Cancer research, awareness and patient support.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Utah release

The day has come - and so has Utah! Preparations for the release party are in full speed, as well as for the events that will follow the release.

Utah map expansion will be released today at around 18:00 UTC (19:00 CET)

Free Weekend for American Truck Simulator from 7.11. 18:00 to 11.11. 18:00 UTC


To commemorate the 4th map expansion (5th should we count Arizona), with kind cooperation with Valve, we're having a FREE Weekend (7.11. 18:00 UTC to 11.11. 18:00 UTC)! Which means that ANYONE can download American Truck Simulator on Steam and play it throughout the weekend with everything you get when you buy the base game. The Free Weekend will start at the same moment as Utah's release.


Getting into Utah soon will get you a nice little gift too - a Bee cabin toy to accompany you on your travels!


We'll give you the guide shortly, but we're going to leave a few days to those curious souls willing to find a way to get the Bee by themselves!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Road to The Black Sea: Brăila Ferry

Located in the east of Romania, you'll find the city of Brăila. Built along the banks of the River Danube, it was originally best known for its fishing industry. Today, it serves as an important hub for many surrounding towns and small villages.

One such small commune is located right across the River. However, you will find that there are no bridges or tunnels to travel across into the village Smârdan. So how does one exactly cross the river? By boat of course!


The BAC river ferry will be the first of its kind to feature in our upcoming map expansion, Road to the Black Sea. Drivers using this service will be able to take a small break from driving and enjoy a 2 minute cutscene, featuring views of your journey across the Danube river in either direction.

There is plenty more to explore in our upcoming DLC, so be sure to add Road to the Black Sea for Euro Truck Simulator 2 to your Steam Wishlist!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

American Truck Simulator Update 1.36

You saw what's coming (that's right - Utah is almost here!) and you know what needs to come before - American Truck Simulator Update 1.36 is here!


And before we get to the details, we'd like to thank every single one of you for all your help - with your bug reports, opinions and general feedback during the Public Beta. While the changelog isn't as big as the previous one, the system changes are huge and the impacts unpredictable in some parts of our game so your help was vital in catching all the major issues.

The most important change is the upgrade to DirectX 11, which allows us to drop DirectX 9 completely and the limitations it presented. Public Beta feedback shows that most of our players have enjoyed a nice FPS increase. Since our game's minimum requirements for Windows already support DX11, we do hope you'll all enjoy the improved performance.

Besides that, you'll get three new trailers, some map improvements and rebuilds, plus a nice number of new features, including a long-requested feature for drivers, trucks and trailers to be visible on the manager map!

For those wishing to see a more detailed changelog, please read the Public Beta article, or check out our changelog video!


To enjoy Update 1.36,  make sure to OPT OUT of beta branches and your game will be automatically updated on Steam.

Some mods, however, may not have been updated yet - this update can effectively break them; remember that you can always stay on 1.35 or an even older branch. Follow these instructions to access and select them: Steam client → LIBRARY → right-click on American Truck Simulator → Properties → Betas tab → select the version you want.

Also, check our modding wiki to get details pertaining to mods for the game.

Changelog:

MAP
  • Santa Cruz (CA) revamped
  • Flagstaff (AZ) revamped 
  • California speed limit improvements
  • Oregon and New Mexico speed limit and general sign improvements
  • New Special Transport routes (Utah DLC)

VEHICLES
  • Grain hopper trailer (ownable)
  • Bulk feed trailer (ownable)
  • Frac-tank trailer

FEATURES
  • Avoid pins for GPS navigation
  • New AI vehicles + all police paint jobs corrected
  • Drivers / Trucks / Trailer visible on manager map
  • DirectX 11 full support (DirectX 9 removed)
  • Chinese and other non-Latin character input (IME)
  • Anti-aliasing improvements (SMAA, electric-wires)
  • New loading screens

MOD
  • Sun profile changes (HDR)
  • License plate changes for AI (data-driven types, background texture data)
  • Dashboard display UI elements (digital gauges, fuel consumption bar)
  • Map editor history (undo/redo)
  • Continuous selection of nodes

Monday, November 4, 2019

Utah: Urban Areas

If you were to look at a population density map of Utah, you will find that a majority of citizens live in the northern part of the state in larger cities such as Salt Lake City and Provo. However this doesn't make the rest of the state a ghost town, you can find towns small and large spread across the entire region.



From country homes to sprawling residential areas, you will come across many different kinds of dwellings on your travels in Utah. Each residential area has its own unique look and feel, with some homes even being historic to the town.




Want to learn about the creation process of Utah? Join us for our stream which will be broadcasted LIVE on Twitch and Steam with SCS team members, Alex (LondonLad), Duff and Raven on the 5th of November (tomorrow) from 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET) who will be talking about the states' development and design.

Be sure to add Utah to your Steam Wishlist to be notified of its release on November 7th!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Utah: Release Date Announcement

With the final touches being made to the upcoming map expansion we are excited to announce the release date of the latest map addition to American Truck Simulator. 

Utah map expansion will be published on the 7th of November 2019



We hope that this trailer will give you a tantalizing glimpse of what you will be able to explore for yourself very soon.


And as you can see, Utah will be rich in content for drivers to explore. Main features include:

  • 3.500 miles of road network
  • 10 major cities (Salt Lake City, St. George, Moab)
  • New quarries and mines including the largest open excavation Kennecott Copper Mine
  • Expanded oil industry (oil mining sites, oil storage sites)
  • Improved agriculture production chain (country stores, feed mills)
  • Famous landmark sites: Great Salt Lake, Monument Valley, Virgin River Canyon
  • Over 260 recognizable natural and man-made landmarks
  • 12 well-known truck stops
  • New and improved process of landscape creation
  • Utah achievements to unlock

Included with the release of Utah will be 2 new and challenging Special Transport DLC missions. With loads starting from Vernal to Salt Lake City (Kennecott Copper Mine) and from Provo to Price (Oil Industry), can you complete the task of delivering these challenging loads?

From the famous red rocks all the way to the Great Salt Lake, we can't wait for you haul and explore this beautiful state. Make sure to add Utah to your wishlist on Steam and be the first to be notified of its release on November 7th!