SCS Software have released a new build of American Truck Simulator and European Truck Sim 2, bringing both games to version 1.6 ahead of a full public release. The new build, deployed yesterday via the beta branch within Steam, has been released prior to a full public launch in the coming weeks. This is a strategy that has long worked well for SCS, as they allow those who wish to have access to the new build content early the opportunity to test and check all is well before fully launching to the wider game user base. In fairness to SCS the Czech developers very rarely release a difficult update, and in most cases the new builds tend to launch without any major issues. Build 1.6 has been deployed across both American Truck Simulator and European Truck Simulator 2 at the same time and contains a range of new features and adjustments to the games. As previewed last week liftable trailer axles will make their debut alongside other such trucking goodies as adaptive transmission modes, improvements to air pressure simulation, improved engine simulation models and many other minor changes. If you wish to participate in the open beta, you can find this version in public_beta branch on Steam. The way to access it is as follows: Steam client → LIBRARY → right click on American Truck Simulator → Properties → Betas tab → public_beta → 1.6 public beta. No password required. You can read the full beta build 1.6 changelog below: MAIN FEATURES Weigh station pass device Trailer liftable axles Differential lock Adaptive transmission modes (power, normal, eco) Improved engine simulation model (friction, braking, consumption) MINOR CHANGES Air pressure simulation improved (pressure buildup, cut-off sound, application pressure), working air pressure values fixed Transmission input shaft simulation (double clutch) Coin sound tweaked Field Of View (FOV) range increased to 40-120 degrees in adjuster If engine brake toggle input is not assigned, increase/decrease engine brake input work similar to retarder (in range from 0 to maximum) Tuned wheel noise to be more noticeable with loud engines Multiple fueling points on gas stations g_force_economy_reset flag is disabled after economy reset MOD Single "overrides" (forced default) rule can be used instead of defaults-suitable rule pair across linked accessories All pressure unit set consistently to bars (data, animation, dashboard UI) Nominal air_tank_pressure value added to chassis data Changed interior animations: all air, oil and brake pressure (gauges, indicators) New interior animation: trailer axle lift (indicator), differential lock (button, indicator) New engine data: resistance_torque (measured at 2000 rpm) Coin sound made moddable in the same way as other sounds (through .ogg file) Please check the SCS modding wiki too to get details pertaining to mods for the game. American Truck Sim and European Truck Sim 2 are available to purchase now on the Steam network. Check out the American Truck Simulator sub forum here at RaceDepartment for all the latest news regarding the sim. Join in the conversation with your fellow truckin' fans and have a look through our ATS downloads section, where you will find a nice mix of new community created content for the game. Head over and join in today! Have you tried the new beta build? What do you think of the release? Let us know in the comments section below!