Friday, September 30, 2022

Texas - Oil Fields and Chemical Plants

Texas has a rich history when it comes to the oil and chemical industry. From the first noted discovery of oil in 1894 to having more than one-fourth of the nation's 100 largest oil fields, Texas has become a major player in the industry. In our upcoming Texas DLC for American Truck Simulator, players can deliver to and from oil and chemical industries found across the state. 

Texas is by far the largest oil-producing state in the United States, producing a total of 1.7 billion barrels in 2021. With all this production, the sector alone employs hundreds of thousands of people including truck drivers who play an important role in exporting goods and transporting equipment. 

The oil industry will feature prominently in the Texas DLC, and will include several industry depots including oil services, oil wells and oil storage. Much like everything else in Texas, you can expect some of the depots to be pretty large too! 

With the large abundance of oil wells, comes a similarly massive number of chemical and refinery plants. These industrial processing plants are where the oil is transformed and refined into useful products such as gasoline (petrol), diesel fuel, bitumen, fuel oils, heating oil, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, petroleum naphtha, and more! 

From Corpus Christi to Longview, players will be able to find these depots located across Texas to export oil across the United States and beyond.

As we continue to develop and refine Texas, be sure to follow our social to keep up to date with the latest DLC news, updates and more. Until then, keep on truckin'! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

1.46 Update: Ownable Chemical Tankers

Today we are happy to share with you the next addition to our ownable cistern collection which will be available in 1.46 for Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. 1.46 will see the introduction of ownable chemical cistern trailers. Let’s take a more detailed look at this trailer type, shall we?

These tankers in American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2 are designed to transport a variety of chemicals including acidic, toxic, or corrosive liquid products. These cargo types include Hydrochloric Acid, Sulfuric Acid, Pesticides, Mercuric Chloride, and more; so careful driving is highly recommended.

The ATS Cistern will include 3 chassis types (43ft 2-axle, 48ft 3-axle, and 53ft 4-axle) 
which are single chains. It will also come in 2 body types (chrome or paintable) and with a variety of accessories and customizations which include: 

  • Chassis type
  • Paintjobs (base and DLC)
  • Markers
  • Rear bumpers
  • Mudflaps
  • and other accessories such as hoses, toolboxes, extinguishers, etc.

The ETS2 Cistern includes 2 chassis types (2-axle, 3-axles, single chain) and 2 body types (chrome or paintable) along with a similar variety of customizations and accessories which include: 

  • Chassis type
  • Paintjobs (base and DLC)
  • Markers
  • Rear bumpers
  • Mudflaps
  • and other accessories such as hoses, water tanks, extinguishers, etc).

We are excited to see you hauling these new chemical trailers in your company and how you will customize them! Be sure to share your photos of your newly owned trailers on our Social Media channels (Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram) once you get your hands on them after the 1.46 update arrives. We look forward to sharing more 1.46 news in the near future.

Monday, September 26, 2022

#CruisingMontana & #DestinationHannover World of Trucks Events Conclusion

Since August, drivers across the world have been celebrating the release of the Montana DLC for American Truck Simulator by taking part in the #CruisingMontana World of Trucks event. During this event, players could earn special in-game rewards by completing personal and community goals whilst discovering the cities and other natural gems found across The Treasure State.

Over the last month, you smashed through the community goal of 100,000,000 miles (160,934,400 km)! We were taken aback at how quickly you managed to achieve this goal together (we really should make it a little bit more next time). We hope you enjoyed taking the time to cruise through Montana, and that you learned a little bit about the unique state.

However, time flies, and the #CruisingMontana event must, unfortunately, come to an end. The final statistics are very impressive, just take a look at some of the statistics that you achieved whilst exploring our newest addition to ATS!

Also - a few weeks ago we started the #DestinationHannover event in Euro Truck Simulator 2. In this special event, we asked for your help in preparing for IAA Transportation 2022, the world's most important trade fair for mobility, transport, and logistics. Since the 1st of September, you've been busy not only with hauling new Krone trailers from their facility in Werlte - the newest and latest map addition that came with the 1.45 update - but also food, beverages, equipment, and other machinery for use by all of the IAA exhibitors, from all over Europe to Hannover, Germany! 

In a short time, over 690,000 of event jobs were completed and 245,000,000 of job kilometers (over 152,235,941 miles) were traveled to help support this event. What an incredible effort from our #BestCommunityEver!

This event was set up and announced to last till Sep 25, 23:59 UTC and so it, unfortunately, means it has been ended and concluded a few hours ago as well.

During both events, you took to our social media channels to share with us photos and videos of your journeys and participation. We had a great time looking at them all and sharing some of them too. We are thankful for all your hard work and effort. It really does bring a lot of joy to our teams to see how much you enjoy participating in these events. We hope the rewards which you earned will be a nice reminder of them.

But don't fret, because our World of Trucks team is already deep in preparations for what's coming next for you all! For now, we don't want to spoil too much but maybe let's count on having quite a "busy" Autumn and Christmas. Make sure you follow all our social media channels as we plan to tease and reveal more very soon!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Texas - Interchanges & Bridges

When working on an upcoming DLC, we are always trying to provide the most accurate interpretation of the local road network, and as much as it would’ve been interesting to only have straight roads in the real world, the intersections and bridges are a necessity that every trucker needs to take into consideration. Let’s take a look at some of these road areas that you will be able to drive through in the Texas map expansion for ATS.

As you may have noticed, we have recently decided to hold back a bit on using the saying that Everything is bigger in Texas, but in this case, we feel like it is simply unavoidable. The thing is, the intersections in Texas are quite often so large that they are reminiscent of the layout and size of whole cities. And it’s not just quality, but the quantity that stands out as well, since there will be approximately 90 intersections for you to explore.

Most of these areas in the DLC will be very carefully designed and put together piece by piece in order to represent their real-life counterparts as best as possible. You can probably imagine the work that went into creating the intersection in Austin which has 5 levels...

In regards to the bridges, you can look forward to driving through most of the well-known ones, for example, the Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas or the Waco Brazos River Bridges. And even though it is still under construction, you will also be able to take a look at the new Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi which is officially going to become the tallest bridge in Texas upon opening in a few years.

We hope the swirls and the heights featured in the screenshots did not make you dizzy. If instead, you enjoyed this peek at the upcoming new content, add the Texas DLC to your Steam Wishlist. Also, to never miss out on anything important, you can follow our social media profiles (TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok), subscribe to our newsletter, or check out our microsite dedicated to this project.