Alright everyone. First and foremost, this post is pure speculation. Non of this has been confirmed nor is it guaranteed to be in the American Truck Simulator Arizona DLC. I did only two things: 1) Looked up every exit heading to Arizona, 2) Used my imagination.
Let me know your thoughts about the Arizona DLC in the forums: http://ats.world/forums/topic/arizona-dlc-what-would-you-like-to-see/
As we all know Arizona will be the next state by SCS Software. It’ll come in the form a free DLC and will be a welcome addition to the already available states California and Nevada. I figured it’ll be fun to plot a map of cities and roads I think will be available in the Arizona DLC.
This is what I got so far:
Basically it’s a screenshot of Google Maps with some roads plotted which I pasted into a screenshot of the existing map. The 3 highways leading back to California are actually connected to El Centro (the bottom one), Los Angeles (middle one), Barstow (upper road).
There are 3 interstates connecting Arizona to California:
- I-8 in the south which basically runs from San Diego to Tucson and beyond.
- I-10 in the middle, which connects Los Angeles to Phoenix.
- I-40 in the north, this connects Barstow to Flagstaff.
I think all the above mentioned interstates will likely be in the game as traffic signs and parts of the interstate are already present.
Cities that will most likely be in the American Truck Simulator Arizona DLC
These cities all have existing signs in the game.
Has a couple of signs in the game. Phoenix is also the capital of Arizona, so I’m almost 100% sure it’ll be in the game.
Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona. Tucson also has a couple of signs in the game. It’s the biggest city in the south of Arizona and it has interstate 10 running straight through.
Right over the border at El Centro we have Yuma. Yuma has a couple of signs and is in the top 10 biggest cities of Arizona. If both Yuma and Tucson are in the game, than interstate 8 will probably be in as well. Interstate 8 connects Yuma with Tucson. About 60 miles from Tucson, interstate 8 merges with interstate 10 and interstate 10 will continue to Tucson.
Around 125 to north of Phoenix lies Flagstaff. Even though it’s quite far from Californian border it still has some signs already in the game. Flagstaff would be a logical city to add. It’s a well known city and the last of the somewhat bigger cities in the northern part of Arizona. It’s connected by interstate 40, that starts in Barstow.
Kingman is a city on the way from Barstow to Flagstaff. What’s interesting about Kingman is that it’s also connected to US Route 93, which leads directly to the Hoover Dam. On the other side of the Hoover Dam we have Las Vegas. On of the roads leading out of Las Vegas has a ‘Hoover Dam Resort’ sign.
The Hoover Dam als has it’s own sign in the game. As SCS Software likes to put well known landmarks in the game like the Las Vegas strip, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the WORLD OF TRUCKS sign in Los Angeles. Uh, I mean the HOLLYWOOD sign of course. 😉
There is more. Before SCS Software released American Truck Simulator they posted this screenshot:
Now in this screenshot we can see a part of Arizona with several points on the map that normally represent a city. I am having a very hard time naming the cities. It seems as if they are way too close to each other. The one I could name for sure is Yuma. Do you know what cities or town the point represent? Let me know in the comments please!
Things / Roads / Cities I’d like to see.
You might have noticed it already, but I enjoy realism. So basically what I like to see is an environment as close to reality as possible. So the next question is, what is real? Or in other words, what does Arizona look like. As I’m not from the US I had to do a little research. Basically Arizona is split into 3 regions: The northern part (Colorado Plateau), the middle (Transition zone), and the southern part (Basin and Range).
The Colorado Plateau
The Colorado plateau is mostly flat, has an arid climate, receives little rain and can be ‘warm’ year round.
Example images from the Colorado plateau:
The transition zone
The Transition zone is a mountainous region. Due to the differences in elevation it receives more rainfall and temperatures can vary.
Example images from The transition zone:
The Basin and Range zone
The Basin and range zone is characterized by steep, linear mountain ranges alternating with lengthy deserts.
Example images from The Basin and Range zone:
So what I would like to see is a representation of the pictures above. Winding mountain roads through pine forests and little mountain towns. And long stretches of road through upper and lower Arizona. If they could incorporate flooded roads and extreme monsoon rainfall, well, that would put me in heaven!
Famous landmarks and routes
As SCS likes to put famous landmarks and routes or roads in his game, here is a list of routes, roads or landmarks Arizona is known for:
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I can tell you that the Hoover Dam is concrete arch-gravity dam, or I can show you this picture of the Hoover Dam:
Hoover dam will most likely be part of the Arizona DLC. There is one sign already ingame pointing to the Hoover dam.
Although Route 66 goes straight through Arizona, it’s unsure as wether it will be part of the Arizona DLC. Route 66 enters Arizona from Needles, California, and leaves Arizona in the west from Tucumcari to the New Mexico state line over I-40. There are several reasons why Route 66 could possible not be featured in the Arizona DLC:
- Route 66 is decommisioned in 1985. That means it officially isn’t a highway anymore since 1985.
- Parts of Route 66 are already in-game: Route 66 starts in Los Angeles, California, followed by Barstow, California. There are no Route 66 signs to be found in-game.
- Most parts of Route 66 in Arizona are replaced by I-40. There is one segmant, from Kingman, AZ to Seligman, AZ, that has not been replaced and is still the original Route 66.
If the Hoover dam is featured in the Arizona DLC, than so is the Colorado river, as the Hoover dam crosses the Colorado river. I think we won’t be seeing much of the Colorado river. Most parts are long ways away from the highway.
US-180 is actually quite close to the Grand Canyon, maybe we’ll see a glimpse of it although that would be a bit unrealistic as it can’t be seen from the highway.
Best preserved meteor crater in the world
It’s the Arizona meteor crater which happend after a collision between an Astroid and planet Earth approximately 50.000 years ago. The meteor crater might be in the game as I-40 is only 6,5 miles off the actual crater.
This is best explained by an image:
This famous road could actually be in the game as it’s on US Highway 163, one of the major highways in the northern part of Arizona. This would be an awesome road to drive.
Let me know what you would like to see in the Arizona DLC in the forums: http://ats.world/forums/topic/arizona-dlc-what-would-you-like-to-see/