- Apr 1, 2014
Open Beta test for the latest update of American Truck Simulator is here!
(Euro Truck Simulator 2 may still need a few more days, as we are fighting with a small but particularly hard to catch bug there.)
You may wonder about the game version number suddenly jumping to 1.28, as at the moment it was sitting at ver. 1.6. We have decided to unify versioning of ETS2 and ATS to simplify communication about game updates both internally and externally. The version number used to denote that ETS2 has been through 27 major updates, while ATS has been through 6 big revisions since the respective game's release. But we realized that this is not a crucial piece of information. It is more relevant and more important to provide the information that the updates, even if they appear at slightly different times, are based off the same core functionality upgrade; that the progress is in sync on both games. That's why we decided to only continue the numbering scheme established originally with the older Euro Truck Simulator 2 game, and stick to it even with American Truck. This way it will be clearer if and when both games reach a particular development milestone.
As usual, this update is full of great features for you to try out. Doubles are the main feature of this particular update which is great on its own. But since there are different regulations in Nevada, we decided to add something special for our fans. Please welcome triples and Rocky Mountain doubles which are part of ATS Nevada economy now!
Apart from those, there is a number of features worth looking into and we are sure you will take the time to study every bit of them through and through as you always do and then enjoy them in the game.
Let's make a list here so you can decide which of them will catch your eye first.
- Doubles (and more)
- Background screen options
- Better flares on the player and AI vehicles
- Auxiliary brakes system support (engine brake and retarder in one control element)
- Fixed LP change in states/countries where no city formats exist
- Fixed brake vs parking brake behavior
- Retarder improvement (better cruise control behavior, no braking with throttle, icon when moving only)
- Fixed suspension load gauges
- Steam Inventory support to allow for distributing rewards from upcoming World of Trucks events
Doubles are just amazing and so much fun, we are sure you will agree once you try them yourselves.
Background screen options are a new cosmetic feature that changes the background of the main menu to better suit your style. You will have to try and choose one that suits you best.
Flares have been a big change that was worthy of its own dedicated blog post and you can take a look at it here.
If you wish to participate in the open beta, you can find this version in the public_beta branch on Steam. The way to access it is as follows: Steam client → LIBRARY → right click on American Truck Simulator → Properties → Betas tab → public_beta → 1.28 public beta. No password required.
During open betas, there is a dedicated beta site for World of Trucks, which is used to safely test all new features. Please visit World of Trucks Open Beta web for more information. Also check our modding wiki too to get details pertaining to mods for the game.
Just as with the previous Open Beta releases - please keep in mind that this is still only a beta version of the update! You may experience instability and/or bugs and kinks. It’s completely okay if you want to wait for the final release. But if you are interested in providing feedback at this stage, be sure to let us know on our forum. We appreciate all your feedback immensely.
Better light flares for vehicles