Lots and lots is happening around the release of American Truck Simulator. Here is a roundup of the latest news and important dates.
18 December 2015: Release date American Truck Simulator
Back in 2015, 18 December to be precise, SCS Software unveiled the date we were all waiting for: the release date of American Truck Simulator. 3 Februari 2016 American Truck Simulator will be released. SCS Software will release both a retail version and a steam version of the game.
31 December 2015: American Truck Simulator Bonus
Only two weeks later SCS Software posted another update for American Truck Simulator: If you follow the American Truck Simulator Steam page you will get unique Steampunk paintjobs for your truck. Now this sounds like a good deal to me!
14 Januari 2016: @SQRLTV big giveaway contest
Again two weeks later the most famous and long time ETS2 streamer, @SQRLTV, announced he will be giving away his original Logitech G27 steering wheel, signed by @SQRLTV, + Track IR 5 + Track IR Clip Pro + a copy of American Truck Simulator, as first prize. This is an amazing first prize! Two runner prizes will be a copy of American Truck Simulator. You can find more info about this contest @ https://youtu.be/NqbCbZcwp38.
15 Januari 2016: American Truck Simulator map and DLC map clarification. Also retail price reveiled.
On the 15th of Januari 2016 SCS Software released an update regarding the states available on release of the game. To cut to the chase, both California and Nevada will be available when the game is released. Arizona will follow in the near future as a free DLC.
Recommended price of the game will be 20 euro/dollar. Depending on your currency it might be a less or more, this is beyond the scope of SCS Software. Often I get asked if I think 20 euro is a bit much compared to what will be available at the release date. My answer is, and will always be: No, I think it’s a fair price to ask. The cost of 2 hours (probably even 1 hour) time of a skilled developer is way more than 20 euro. SCS Software has worked for 3 years on American Truck Simulator with a team of developers. You do the math.
SCS Software has explicitly stated that they will continue working on American Truck Simulator, but future progress mostly depends on the success of American Truck Simulator. I think this is a fantastic approach.
20 Januari: New screenshots by SCS Software
SCS Software posted a couple of new screenshots in their latest post in which they compare the real world against the American Truck Simulator. As you might recall we did this as well in an earlier post.
21 Januari: World of Trucks integration by SCS Software
Another update from SCS Software, this time regarding the integration of World of Trucks. On release uploading screenshots to World of Trucks will be available. Contract jobs, like in ETS2, will follow short after in a free update.
SCS Software plans to expand World of Trucks and they even talked about virtual trucking companies. Keep an eye out for ATS World trucking in the future! 😉
22 Januari: New video by @SQRLTV
@SQRLTV posted a new video with brand new in-game footage. In the video @SQRLTV mentions a couple important dates: Januari 29, 30 and 31 @SQRLTV will be streaming 8 hours of American Truck Simulator to complete 24 hours of trucking. On Januari 31 SCS Software CEO Pavel will join @SQRLTV, discussing American Truck Simulator, Euro Truck Simulator and future plans. Be sure to check out the video and @SQRLTV’s Twitch Stream.
25 Januari: Truck Licensing situation by SCS Software
Yesterday SCS Software released an update in which they talk about the current situation of licensed trucks in American Truck Simulator. At the release two trucks are available: The Peterbilt 579 and the Kenworth T680. The Kenworth W900 and the Peterbilt 389 are soon to follow.
Licensing is a hard and tedious work. SCS Software needs to convince a truck manufactor that a license for them to recreate their truck in a virtual world will be good marketing for them. Of cours it’s only good marketing if the game is a success. So basically SCS Software needs to convince the truck manufactor that their unreleased game will be good for them. The game’s success is depended on the available truck licenses. So basically it’s a chicken and egg story.
@SQRLTV will be streaming 8 hours of American Truck Simulator. SCS Software CEO Pavel will join during this session in which they will discuss American Truck Simulator, Euro Truck Simulator and future plans. Be sure to check it out on Twitch.
So lots and lots happening around the release of American Truck Simulator. Hopefully this will make the wait a little easier.