Everything started for American Truck Simulator; Not only is SCS Software currently working on its previously announced Montana and Texas expansions, but the developer has also been working on its major redesign in California – and phase two of that work is now live in a new update.
California was, of course, one of two states included when American Truck Simulator launched in 2016 (the other being Nevada), and has started to age lately, especially alongside the growing work most impressive of SCS on new state extensions.
As such, the developer has pledged to refresh the aging location in 2020, with the aim of bringing it up to current mapping standards. The first phase of this overhaul arrived last July, making significant changes to Northern California’s road network, adding (and in a few cases removing) scenic towns and introducing border guard posts.
And now, with the advent of American Truck Simulator update 1.44, phase two of the SCS California revamp is officially upon us, and that’s a big deal.
Along with new roads, rest stops, scenic towns and border guard stations, not to mention new vegetation and textures, SCS has completely rebuilt five Northern California towns – Eureka, Ukiah, Redding, Sacramento and Truckee – from scratch, adding new local landmarks and architecture along the way.
Unfortunately, the update says goodbye to the city of San Rafael due to map scaling issues, but a brand new city – which would be “larger and of much greater prominence in the California road network” – will be added in phase three of the current project. rework.
However, that’s not quite all in American Truck Simulator’s latest update. Update 1.44 also introduces a new mod refund feature that refunds any in-game currency spent on third-party truck mods if a user decides to uninstall them.
There’s also a bit of a UI refresh to more clearly indicate factory, licensed, aftermarket, and unknown accessory parts in the garage list, and there are tweaks to the exploration mechanic unmarked American Truck Simulator roads. Now, when discovering a new unmarked road, the route will be added to the map, making it much easier to find on future trips.
And that’s not all yet, with SCS packing 1.44 with everything from new special haul tracks and detachable bed trailers to adjustable suspension height and smart sequential shifting – it’s all detailed in more detail on Steam.
As for American Truck Simulator’s next destination, we know that SCS is currently hard at work on its Montana and Texas expansions. Neither has a release date yet, but SCS continues to detail progress in each state on its blog.