American Truck Simulator Starts Hauling In February

It’s almost here, the day the games press have dreamed of for years: the release of American Truck Simulator [official site]. I try to steer clear of press events and the games press in general but, every time I encounter those ruffians, I notice they’re even cosplaying the drive ’em up in their everyday lives. Blue jeans, t-shirt, a checked shirt over the top, ratty sneakers… they’ve been dreaming of trucking up and down California for years. Be cool, games press. Stay calm. Don’t get over-excited and hurt yourself. Just… reach into your drawer, slowly withdraw a pen, and draw a checked circle around February 3rd, 2016.

I say that as if I’m immune to the charms of American Truck Simulator, that I don’t want to hop in my rig and go pootling through the redwoods, but that’s not true at all: I’m simply better-dressed. I’m awfully excited to poke around NorCal, the land of big trees and wild rivers and fog-cloaked mountains and oh jeez, heading up through earlier this year was the most wonderful drive of my life.

Why am I going on about California and not other fine states like Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Colorado, and Alaska? Well, if you missed the memo, the initial release will focus on Californ-i-ay (as locals call it). But hey, that includes desert, mountains, forest, farmland, and sprawling cities, so it should simulate a fair spread of places.

Here’s an American Truck Simulator dream for developers SCS Software to correctly dismiss as ridiculous and impractical: go absolutely wild with DLC, bringing in all sorts of studios to create strange additions. DLC adding a murder mystery told across diners up and down route 101. DLC hitch-hiking, where you try to cross the state entertaining truckers with tales and chat (or cash, grass, or ass). DLC driving a tour bus along scenic routes. Adam’s taxi dream. DLC letting me swim in the rivers and ocean gosh.

9 Comments

  1. Stupoider says:

    Ohhhh my god I can’t wait. I’ve been putting so much time into this recently because Euro Truck Simulator 2 Multiplayer is one of the best mods I have ever played for a game. Driving along snowy roads listening to the community radio station has been magical. Definitely a thumbs up from me.

    • Synesthesia says:

      Wait, what community radio? I’m feeling increasingly tempted to go back, maybe that will push me over the edge?

      • Stupoider says:

        link to eurotruckradio.com

        You can listen to it in game!

        It’s mad at times. One of the DJs I was listening to was doing real news reports and reporting on the traffic in the game. And another was playing music from an American Christmas album for truckers. It’s probably one of the best parts of ETS2MP

    • fish99 says:

      I saw Lirik playing this on his stream the other day. It looks great, but it’s a pitty there’s no AI traffic in the mod. I understand why but it’s still a shame. It also seemed like some people were there just to cause chaos.

  2. TheAngriestHobo says:

    Very excited for this one. Incidentally, I loaded up ETS2 for the first time in months last night. Word to the wise: do not go directly from playing GTAV to ETS2. I think I racked up 3k in tickets and maintenance costs in the first five minutes.

    • quietone says:

      Can’t wait to play this, no other game hit that sweet spot between having fun, but no having that much fun as ETS2 did. GTA for pacifists.

  3. Unsheep says:

    Sadly its their first game to be Steam exclusive, it will not be DRM-free. So I will not buy it. I would rather replay their older version of this game, 18 Wheels of Steel American Long Haul.