Euro & American Truck Sim’s roads get even more open

The real CA-120, courtesy of Google Maps

The enduring success of SCS’s Truck Simulator series is no huge surprise, even if its initial ascent to fame was unexpected. The combination of light business management, relaxing, meditative repetition and gorgeously recreated environments make for an ideal chill-out experience for people who haven’t done long, tiresome driving for a job already. Today, both American Truck Sim and Euro Truck Sim 2 get a little bit bigger, as Patch 1.31 arrives for both games, adding new roads and features to both.

Alice took a peek at this update when SCS first announced it, although the amount of crossover with Euro Truck Sim wasn’t so apparent at the time. As they share an engine, it’s no huge surprise that both Truck Simulator games get to share updates like this. Patch 1.31 includes engine and systems upgrades for both games, as well as a surprising amount of new, free content. SCS liked the unofficial patch-note video of YouTuber Squirrel so much that they included it in their patch notes, so I’ll do the same.

The heart of the 1.31 update (formerly in open beta) is the addition of American Truck Simulator’s CA-120 road, as pictured up top. A very scenic route through Yosemite, with plenty of dense woods to drive through, as well as some great views of the mountains. Euro Truck Sim has added some minor new routes for its Special Transport DLC missions, but now also includes random events as previously seen in ATS. While not quite as thrilling as it sounds, it does add some much-needed intuitive variety to the roads, including stuff like minor road-side maintenance and lane narrowing.

The trucks themselves have also been blessed this update, with ATS receiving a new range of bottom-dumping trailers, and ETS2 getting the 8×4 Scania R & S truck chassis’, plus some aftermarket parts to make them purr. There’s a few more minor changes, plus some more significant updates to the simulation of power & air lines between truck and trailer, but you can see all the gritty, fine details in the official patch notes here.

Patch 1.31 is live for Euro Truck Sim 2 and American Truck Sim now.

5 Comments

  1. Phrastus says:

    Also, incidentally, Euro 2 is on sale at both Green Man Gaming and Steam for 75% off. That makes it $5. Further, Steam has a couple of bundles with the base game and various DLC permutations.

    • ADorante says:

      I like to add, for those who are not aware of it, that those bundles enable additional discounts on the already discounted DLCs (maps, cargo) and can be used to get the final missing DLC not already purchased. Just click on SCS Software link when you are on the Steam product page to see all available selections.

  2. MrEvilGuy says:

    I feel like I need to buy a wheel before I can play these games (in VR). I will buy one eventually.

  3. neotribe says:

    Woah, Tioga Pass. As SCS’ dev notes acknowledge (link to blog.scssoft.com), commercial trucks don’t use SR120. They go through Monitor or Sonora pass, or through Lake Tahoe to hit I80. The northern Sierra highways would be good to add, too. Notably CA-89 and 44 through the Lassen wildnerness near Shasta could be better represented. Those are actual truck routes and are also gorgeous. There a good writeup here.

  4. DrPeeper says:

    120 through Yosemite is really nice but it still looks like anywhere else in the Sierra’s. I think El Capitan was “represented” in a way maybe but they are still missing all the jewels that make Yosemite, Yosemite. Waterfalls, Grizzly Giant, bear crossings, etc. I know you can’t drive trucks through Yosemite but I just wish they pretended a little more, even if a wee-bit far fetched. H41 from Fresno looping through Yosemite valley then connecting to 140 which takes you to 120 would have been a very nice touch. :) That would give you El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, more waterfalls, half dome, Grizzly Giant & other Giant Sequoias, Merced River, methheads in Oakhurst, etc.

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