Everything goes for the American Truck Simulator. Not only is SCS Software currently working hard on its previously announced extensions in Montana and Texas, but the developer has also avoided overhauling it in California – and the second phase of this work is now available in a new one. update.
California was, of course, one of the two states included in the release of American Truck Simulator in 2016 (the other was Nevada) and has started to appear in recent times, especially in parallel with the increasingly impressive work of SCS for newer state expansions.
Therefore, the developer promised an upgrade to the old site in 2020, aiming to bring it up to current mapping standards. The first phase of this iteration came last July, making major changes to California’s northern road network, adding (and in some cases removing) local cities and introducing Border Patrol Stations.
And now, with the advent of American Truck Simulator update 1.44, the second phase of SCS in California is officially ahead of us, and it’s great.
Next to new roads, rest stops, local cities and Border Patrols, not to mention new vegetation and textures, SCS has completely rebuilt five Northern California cities – Eureka, Ukiah, Redding, Sacramento and Truckee – , adding new local landmarks and architecture along the way.
Unfortunately, the update bids farewell to the city of San Rafael due to map-scale problems, but a brand new city – said to be “bigger and much more important on the California road network” – will be added to the third phase of the current rework.
However, that is not all in the latest American Truck Simulator update. 1.44 also introduces a new Money Back feature that reimburses any in-game currency costs for a third-party truck modification if a user decides to uninstall them.
There is also a slight user interface upgrade to indicate more clearly the factory, licensed, aftermarket and unknown accessories while you are on the garage list, and there are modifications to the American Truck Simulator signalless road exploration engineer. Now, once you discover a new signal-free route, the route will be added to the map, making it much easier to find on future trips.
And that’s still not all, with SCS packing 1.44 with everything from new special transport lanes and proprietary drop deck trailers to adjustable suspension heights and clever sequential changes – all of which are described in more detail on Steam.
As for the next destination of American Truck Simulator, we know that SCS is currently working hard on its Montana and Texas extensions. No release date has a release date yet, but SCS goes on to describe in detail the progress made in each state on its blog.