American Truck Simulator heads up north to Oregon

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Ah, the American North, where the trees are tall, the roads are winding, and everyone feels just that little bit more relaxed, being closer to Canada’s soothing influence. It’s just a scientific fact; look it up.

After teasing it for a time, SCS Software have announced the next expansion for American Truck Simulator, latest in their freight-driving sim series. This time, you’re headed to the Beaver state, up to Oregon, in search of the fortune that the logging industry of such a green and lustrous land might bring.

It’s nice that SCS are keeping up the variety of the game, at least. The previous expansion was set in the deserts and scrublands of New Mexico, so heading to the wetter, greener, significantly more mountainous climes of Oregon should be a refreshing change of pace, and a significantly greater investment in your attention to navigate.

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This is very unlikely to be the last expansion for the game. According to SCS, the American Truck Sim team started out as a humble 4 people and is now a respectably sized 40-developer crew. Hats off to the studio for finding a niche that nobody else could have predicted would be so huge and sticking with it until the game became a regular fixture in the Steam sales charts.

No release date or price tag has been assigned to the Oregon expansion, but at least we know it’s coming, and if it’s anything like the New Mexico expansion, you’re probably looking at putting down £9/$12 for the privilege of carrying digital wood through the forests.

14 Comments

  1. Kollega says:

    I was uninterested in American Truck Simulator up to this point (in the sense that I could see myself playing ETS2, but not ATS). Mostly because I really, really dislike deserts. Now, this appears to have changed.

    • wislander says:

      Oregon is still about ⅔ desert. I partly grew up in that portion and still can’t stand deserts because of that experience, so I share your enthusiasm for the other ⅓.

  2. Neurotic says:

    Watch out for the survival nuts!

  3. quasiotter says:

    I live in Oregon! And… well, I’ve got nothing else to say.

  4. ephesus64 says:

    Hooray! I can’t add much more to the conversation than that, but I am genuinely looking forward to this. If they got Highway 20 right then they deserve every dollar they will get.

  5. Robert The Rebuilder says:

    So what happens when you reach the limits of the terrain? Is it a big black void, or a wall with hastily painted scenery of the missing area and a signpost that says “coming soon”?

    • GameOverMan says:

      Langoliers.

    • MrEvilGuy says:

      I’m assuming The Truman Show style road closures.

    • Amstrad says:

      They handle this by not letting you get close to the edges. Highways leading out of the currently available states have obvious video game barriers (by which I mean inexplicable holo-tech type stuff) inserted at the nearest off-ramp.

  6. DD says:

    Cant wait to play this on my Rift sitting in my house in Portland. It will be just like real life!

  7. DEspresso says:

    Quick Theodore, make a Oregon Trail Joke!
    -I got nothing
    Typical

    * You died from dissin’ Terry*

  8. Amstrad says:

    Good thing Oregon lets people pump their own gas now. I can’t imagine how SCS was going to simulate full-service only gas stations.

    • esamyk says:

      As a pump clerk in Oregon, diesel has always been self serve. However, the new gas law states that it is 24 hour self serve in Eastern OR, after hours self serve (6PM to 6AM) in 3 of the coastal counties, and no self serve at all in any county with a pop. of 40,000+