American Truck Simulator [official site] is a lot better with geology than greenery, I was disappointed to discover. I'd hoped to follow trucking routes through redwood forests and other lush pockets of Northern California but no, it's all a bit grim and disappointing. ATS doesn't remotely capture what I remember from a road trip through there. However, its scrubby, desert-y lands are far nicer, which bodes well for the upcoming free Arizona add-on. Developers SCS Software today shared a few screenshots from it and ooh yeah, I can just imagine running Wile E. Coyote into those rocky stacks, watching the top roll off and crush him.
SCS explain in a blog post that they started work on Arizona a few weeks before releasing American Truck Simulator, and suggest that they might try running open beta testing for Arizona. They add:
"We are making great progress, but there is still a lot of content left to be finished. We don't have a release date to announce yet, but there should not be more than a couple of months of solid work ahead us, plus the final testing and polishing stage."
Hit that blog post for more, and bigger, screenshots.
Arizona will be the third and final free state for American Truck Simulator, joining California and Nevada. Beyond that, SCS say they plan to keep on making new states if it makes financial sense, but most, if not all, of them will be paid DLC.
I can get used to rocks. Plants and trees aren't everything, I suppose. I want to grow to appreciate these rocks. Let's see, what can ease me into Arizona? Thelma & Louise surely has the dream Arizona driving experience, though I suspect fines are quite heavy for driving a truck into the Grand Canyon. Raising Arizona is fun, but I shouldn't raise my hopes for a Nicolas Cage appearance. Beyond that, it's mostly Wild West for Arizona, isn't it?
SCS still have folks working on Euro Truck Simulator 2 as well - France DLC is in the works.