Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Western Star® 5700XE is now Available for American Truck Simulator

American Truck Simulator is no stranger to the Western Star® brand. With 2 of their newest trucks, the 49X and 57X, already available in-game, today we are excited to announce the arrival of a legend. Introducing the Western Star® 5700XE, which is now available at your Western Star® Trucks dealership in American Truck Simulator! 

Combining tough performance, modern technology and the traditional look of a classic truck, Western Star® didn’t overlook a single detail when creating this truck; with advanced engineering to improve efficiency and aerodynamics. XE – which stands for extreme efficiency – summarizes exactly what this truck is all about.

Ever since we saw this truck at the Mid-America Trucking show in 2016, we knew we had to have it in the game! We are very thankful to the team at Western Star® in helping us bring this legend to the virtual roads of ATS, especially when it meant digging through some archives to find the information we needed for its development. 

The Western Star® 5700XE arrives with a select choice of configurations and customizations. This includes a day cab, the 54" High Roof Stratosphere and the 82" Ultra High Roof Stratosphere. Chassis available are short, medium and long versions in 6x2 and 6x4. Engines included are exclusively Detroit Diesel, which offers the options of DD13, DD15 and DD16 up to 600HP. Transmission options include the Detroit DT12 automated manual as well as Eatons.

There are lots of customizations available for this truck too, including plenty of Chrome parts, aero fairings, interior trim options and so much more! You may even find a big screen-inspired paint job included. Be sure to check them all out. We look forward to seeing how you customize your 5700XE for the road. 

Ready to ride? Share your first journey with us and Western Star Trucks on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram with the hashtag #ATS5700XE to be in with a chance to WIN some cool merch provided by Western Star. Winners will be picked by members of our team based upon their favourite shots. Screenshots that have been edited and/or contain third party modifications are allowed too, so get creative! 

A massive thank you to our friends over at Western Star® for allowing us to once again work with them so closely to bring this truck to American Truck Simulator. We are sure that there is more to come from our cooperation with Daimler Truck North America in the future. Until then, keep on trucking! 

Western Star® is a trademark of Daimler Trucks North America LLC and is used under the license of SCS Software s.r.o.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Introducing Kansas

At the beginning of this month, we shared a short video teaser containing some clues hinting towards an unannounced DLC. With so much speculation in the air, we have decided it would be the right time to put some of those rumors to rest. We are excited to officially announce that we are working on...

Kansas for American Truck Simulator

Once considered to be the country’s agricultural heartland, "The Sunflower State" has attracted many large businesses and grown economically in other areas due to its central location and convenient infrastructure for logistics operations. But, as the nickname suggests, nature is certainly doing very well to keep up with technological progress, as the state parks and vast prairies offer unique views with a marvelous atmosphere that will leave every trucker passing by with something to remember.

Make sure to add the map expansion to your Steam Wishlist to show us how excited you are about this upcoming project.  to stay in touch with the latest development news and updates follow our social media (TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok). We look forward to sharing more information with you about Kansas in American Truck Simulator, including more about its bustling cities, busy industries, and much more!

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Switzerland Rework - Geneve

Last month we officially announced our plans to rework the country of Switzerland in Euro Truck Simulator 2 and since the work is progressing really nicely, we are now ready to take a look at another wonderful city that will receive a fresh look in this challenging project - Geneve!

Due to the complicated and turbulent history that Geneve shares with France, it is safe to say that it is the most "French city" that lies beyond the actual state borders. Among many other details, this legacy is mostly noticeable in the local architecture, which we hope will be better represented after having the entire city rebuilt from scratch.

Additionally, the rework will further enhance your experience of visiting the city and its surroundings. It will be possible to drive along the beautiful Geneva lake, ride through the city center, cross the Rhône river with a view of the lake and a famous fountain, and then continue via A40 further East in the direction of France.

The economy was recreated as well in order to better reflect the real world and to have the city offer more variety. Due to this, the overall layout had to be expanded, and it will include an industrial zone, agricultural area, railway terminal, chocolate factory, and shopping mall. We truly hope many of those who are familiar with the city will instantly recognize these new additions.

While we are currently unable to say when exactly will this project be finished and available to players, make sure to let us know if you like what you have seen so far. Also, for any updates and potential announcements follow our social media (TwitterInstagramFacebookTikTok) and you will never miss anything important!

Friday, January 20, 2023

Oklahoma - New Industries

The state of Oklahoma is home to a variety of industries, and today we are happy to share with you previews and information on some of the new and unique depots that you'll be able to deliver to in our upcoming Oklahoma DLC for American Truck Simulator. Please mind, due to the development still being in the early stages, the following screenshots are not from a completed map as the areas are still a work-in-progress.

Tire Factory 

One of the wheely unique industries in Oklahoma is the presence of two of the most famous tire manufacturers in the world. Based in the cities of Lawton and Ardmore, the state's history of tire-making stretches back nearly a century. At full capacity, both factories combined can produce up to 108,000 tires a day, providing drivers around the world with safe rubber on their vehicles and truckers busy all year round! 

Gas & Chemical Distribution 

Oklahoma is among the top oil and natural gas-producing states in the country. With a lot smaller towns and industries depending on the distribution of gas and chemicals for a number of uses; Truckers in Oklahoma will be able to take on jobs from larger depots to deliver across the state and beyond. Be sure to have your tanker trailers clean and ready! 

Bus Factory

Did you know Oklahoma is also known as 'The School Bus Capital of the World'? In the city of Tulsa, up to 11,000 of the iconic yellow American school buses are constructed and rolled out every year. From engine parts to paint, the factory has a rolling assembly line that requires constant delivery of essential materials to keep production moving and on target. 

Municipal Depots

Public and Emergency service vehicles require a high amount of maintenance and upkeep to make sure they are safe on the road. Everything from public buses to ambulances have their own depots, garages and warehouses where they are maintained for safe usage on the road. Truckers will be able to contribute in delivering parts among other materials to these important vehicles on the road. 

Electrical Appliance Factory 

Everything from air conditioners to transformers (no, not the robots in disguise) are produced here. While these factories are quite generic, truckers will be able to haul an array of different electrical appliances to deliver across the state of Oklahoma and beyond! 

River Port

Based on a real port located along the river in Tulsa, this hub serves as an important transshipment point for all imports and exports transported by boat to continue their journey forward by a range of transport including Truck! Its public and private terminals serve grain, dry bulk, breakbulk, and bulk liquids. And large volume is no problem. In fact, customers send and receive over 2.2 million tons of cargo each year by barge, rail, and truck. 

Furniture Store

From tables to bed frames, these stores provide locally sourced and built furniture. This depot specifically compliments the many woodworking industries that can be found across American Truck Simulator. From the source to the product, you can be a part of the process in this unique industry. 

Tulsa Airport

From Oklahoma to the world, Tulsa airport serves as an important hub for both visitors and cargo alike. Home to a handful of logistic operations, with daily cargo flights departing for larger hubs across the states, it is a vital part of the freight network which can deliver cargo across the world quickly and with precision. You may even find yourself delivering or picking up some unique cargo at the airport, which is a round-the-clock operation. 

There is always plenty of options when it comes to haulin' in our upcoming Oklahoma DLC. Whether your company specializes in tankers or refrigerated trailers, there will always be a job waiting for you in 'The Sooner State'. We look forward to sharing more previews in the future. Until then, if you like what you see, be sure to add Oklahoma to your Steam Wishlist! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Christmas Reflections and Cruising Texas Events Conclusion

Since November, truck simulation fans around the world have been celebrating the release of the Texas DLC for American Truck Simulator by taking part in our #CruisingTexas World of Trucks event. During this special event, truckers could earn Texas themed in-game rewards by completing personal and community goals whilst delivering to and from multiple cities across the Lone Star State. 

It didn't take our #BestCommunityEver long to smash through the set community goal of 125,000,000 miles (201,168,000 km); in just over 2 weeks, the goal was met! We are always blown away by the work and effort put in by our players to complete these events. We really ought to up the ante in the future. To all those who took part and even contributed past the set goal, we really do appreciate you. 

As always, we've put together a small infographic which shows some of the statistics from this event. That's a lot of driving (and we don't even want to imagine the money spent on fuel!), awesome work! We hope you enjoyed #CruisingTexas over the past few months.

But that wasn't the only event running. In December, we also hosted our annual Christmas World of Trucks event. This year's theme focused on Love, Peace, Hope, Care and the positivity that comes from sharing them with others. Over the holiday period we asked you to deliver Gifts to and from all cities in Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator, challenging the community to get 400 Gifts awarded to cities across all trucking territories for each of the five tiers. 

In a true holiday spirit, you completed our #ChristmasReflections event on Xmas Day (25th December), Santa would be proud! Once again, the collective strength of the #BestCommunityEver has produced incredible final numbers, so let’s take a look at how you all faired throughout the duration of this special event. 

Absolutely amazing work truckers! You really did deliver this Christmas and we hope you enjoy the unique Xmas themed accessories and paint jobs which you earned during this event. We thank you all for participating, you really did help in sharing Love, Peace, Hope and Care across the world.  

No matter how much or little you delivered during these events, we hope you enjoyed them and the unique cargo and rewards that came with them. We also appreciate all those who took to our social media channels to share photos, videos and content alike during them. It really does bring a lot of joy to our teams to see how much you enjoy participating in these events. 

We especially loved the positive feedback which you expressed in regards to the Xmas Desktop Theme, as this was a new edition to the event. We hope to make this a more regular feature in the future when it comes to seasonal events. 

As we continue on into 2023, we look forward to bringing new events to the trucking calendar. Until then, we wish you many miles of safe and happy driving!

Thursday, January 12, 2023

West Balkans - Border Crossing #2

Last month, we shared a blogpost containing information and previews of Border Crossings in our upcoming West Balkans DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2. With 30 crossings in total, we couldn't fit them all in just one blogpost! Today we are happy to share with you even more screenshots of unique border control points found across this in development DLC, we hope you don't mind! 

In the first blogpost, we shared that our map and asset teams have constructed these crossings as realistically as possible. These regions contain some very unique and sometimes unusual border control areas which can be sometimes difficult to obtain information or references about, due to their sensitive nature. 

However, we feel it is important to be able to represent these areas, even if some of the border points are part of the Schengen area and do not require stopping. 

As you can see, the size of these control points varies quite drastically! From the large crossing between Horgos & Röszke to the small one located in the valley between Vardiste & Kotroman; but each has its own important purpose. 

We are looking forward to you visiting all these wonderful and unique countries that can be found in the West Balkans DLC. Until then, keep an eye on our socials for all the latest news, and be sure to add the DLC to your Steam Wishlist if you haven't done so already.