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Featured American Truck Simulator and ETS2 Updated

Discussion in 'American Truck Simulator' started by Paul Jeffrey, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium Member

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    SCS Software have released double the fun for fans of big-rig style trucking enjoyment, with simultaneous updates for both American Truck Simulator and the studio's older title, European Truck Simulator.


    After a reasonably large break between updates, the team over at SCS have been hard at work preparing version 1.2 for popular the new release, American Truck Simulator.

    Currently retailing at £15.99 on the Steam platform, ATS is a career focused truck driving game that places a premium on players safely delivering a variety of cargo across some of America's most iconic landscapes and detailed road networks while earning money and building up your own virtual trucking network.

    Both ATS and ETS2 will benefit from the following feature additions:

    Steam Workshop - an external hub which allows simple distribution of game modifications created by community. Thanks to Steam Workshop, you can download and install mods effortlessly from a safe and trusted place.

    Ultimate Wheel Customization - SCS have split truck wheels models into multiple components: Tire and Disk separation was introduced recently, in addition to it they have added customization of sub-components of the disk: Hubs, Hub Covers and Nuts.

    SCS Workshop Uploader app - Modding ATS & ETS through Steam Workshop will require use of a dedicated tool for mod makers; a new dedicated Steam application - SCS Workshop Uploader. You can grab it from your Steam library under Tools category.

    The new update to ATS brings a number of technical improvements to the many elements involved in successful big riggin' in the U.S. of A., as well as improvements to traffic, AI, and enhancements in visibility of various road signs.


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    American Truck Simulator v1.2 changelog

    UI
    • Navigation path (red line) can be disabled (option)
    • Disable of hidden Route Advisor popups (option)
    • Autopark feature can be disabled (option)
    • Speeding highlight on Route Advisor
    VEHICLES
    • Improved truck stability during retarder usage
    • Smart cruise control can use activated engine brake when no retarder is present
    • Fixed cruise control locked on by retarder
    • Multiple position of engine brake
    • Keyboard steering improved
    MAP
    • Speed limits polished
    • Speed limits signs enlarged
    • Stop signs removed from traffic light controlled crossroads
    • Turn left traffic light added to some crossroads
    • Certified scales are now working
    • Traffic light on interstates removed (where possible)
    OTHER
    • AI improvements
    • Steam achievements for Nevada

    Alongside the new ATS update, love has also been lavished on the slightly older European version of the title with version 1.23 going live for European Truck Simulator. Special attention has been focused around similar areas (physics and AI based features) as in the American Truck Simulator release, alongside other tweaks and enhancements.

    Both ATS and ETS are due to receive a map extension with new territories available to play in the coming weeks, and I for one can't wait to give it a go!

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    Euro Truck Simulator 2 v1.23 changelog

    UI
    • Traffic offense can be disabled (option)
    • Navigation path (red line) can be disabled (option)
    • Disable of hidden Route Advisor popups (option)
    • Autopark feature can be disabled (option)
    • Speeding highlight on Route Advisor
    VEHICLES
    • Improved truck stability during retarder usage
    • Smart cruise control can use activated engine brake when no retarder is present
    • Advanced shifting simulation
    • Real shifter layouts (Scania, Volvo, ZF). To activate them you need to use new profile or remove your custom H-Shifter layouts
    OTHER
    • AI improvements

    SCS have also developed a substantial Modding Wiki for both games with advice and guidance on how to get the best from the mods available in ATS and ETS2.

    Truck on over to our RaceDepartment American Truck Simulator and European Truck Simulator forums for awesome mods and all the latest news and discussion around SCS Software's two big riggin' titles.

    Have you tried the new update(s) yet? What are your impressions of the new changes? Is ATS living up to your expectations so far? Discuss in the comments section below!
     
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  2. Keith Joyce

    Keith Joyce
    Stercus accidit Premium Member

    The subtle changes to road signs etc have a noticeable (positive) effect overall.
     
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  3. The best game to relax driving. Best online, see drivers sharing hobby, is priceless.
     
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  4. Metalogic

    Metalogic
    Premium Member

    Great stuff and am looking forward to the expanded France DLC for ETS 2, I just hope that SCS continue to support and develop ETS 2 in parallel to ATS and don't shift all resources to that.
     
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  5. Andrew

    Andrew
    Global Moderator Staff Premium Member

    Speeding highlight on Route Advisor.......
    Nice little gimmick. Now I fear them bloody police-cars even more...(Look, my advisor is RED...catch me if you can...lol )
     
  6. Torcano

    Torcano
    #21 MPB Clan Premium Member

    Haven't touched ATS in a while so kinda out of the loop here, but did SCS give any timeline regarding when we can expect the next state to be added to ATS?
     
  7. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium Member

    In other ATS / ETS news it looks like we can now expect some wheel related DLC coming to both titles.

    Interesting (and awesome) bit about this is if you buy it for ATS you also get it for ETS free, despite differences between the different DLC's.

    From the SCS blog:

    "We are introducing a pair of "aftermarket" Wheel Tuning Packs in the form of DLC, with new unique parts tailored for the Euro style and American style wheels respectively. The recent changes in the base games - splitting the monolithic wheel models into multiple parts - have already brought you a lot of freedom in making hundreds possible combinations of wheels. With the new DLC stuff, the number of potential combinations grows by another magnitude or two, especially if you consider that some of the parts can now have any color you wish applied to them."

    Video's too:





    #sweeeeeeeeeeet
     
  8. Tume

    Tume
    The unlucky Finn

    I don't know about you guys, but I got creeped. Slightly.

    I just installed ETS2 two days ago casually since I figured I haven't played it apart from testing it an eternity ago. Then I find out on RD they released an update o-o

    What are the odds of me getting back to a game that gets an update shortly after.
     
  9. You are born to play ETS2...it has been calling you:
    "Must....deliver...potatoes........"
     
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  10. Tume

    Tume
    The unlucky Finn

    Well you're right about the potato part but I dunno if I'm born to play ETS2...

    "Must....not....use......auto-parking..."

    That's the struggle :p
     
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  11. Keith Joyce

    Keith Joyce
    Stercus accidit Premium Member

    Great fun flattening the Police cruisers in ATS... :cool:
     
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