Friday, May 7, 2021

California Dreamin'

During our special Christmas 2020 live stream, we announced that we would be revisiting California in American Truck Simulator to give our starting state a reskin! Today we are excited to share with you a development update on the progress of this project and what changes you can expect to see! Let's take a closer look, shall we? 

Thanks to the growth of our map teams here at SCS Software, we now have the capacity to take on this huge task at hand, while also working on future map projects. So what exactly is in store for California? 

  • All cities will undergo a redesign and adjustments to reflect our current quality standards
  • A large number of new assets reflecting California's specific signs, architecture, road systems, tourist attractions, industrial depots, and more!
  • New Agriculture Control Stations which will be located at the borders of the state
  • Major road layout rework
The reskin will come as a free update for all owners of the American Truck Simulator and will be released in smaller phases over the course of upcoming game updates. While at this time we don't have an estimated date of when the reskin project will be complete, know that our team will be working hard to bring details and extras we missed the first time around.

Let's focus on one of the more noticeable changes drivers will experience when arriving in California, the new agriculture border control stations! These special stations are the first line of defense in pest exclusion efforts. All drivers hauling goods into the state will have to undergo special checks from the control station where vehicles are inspected for commodities that may be infested with invasive species, and for the correct documentation.

In-game, we will mimic these scenarios with a new feature, which will work very similar to the current weigh stations. Upon your arrival at the border, depending on what you are hauling, drivers will be notified to pull over for an inspection at one of the control stations before they are given the green light to enter the state. 

We can't wait to share with you more development updates from California and more! Keep an eye here on our official blog and social media channels for more content in the future. Happy trucking! 

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