SCS Blog: American Truck Simulator Map DLC Clarifications

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scanialoverr

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SCS Software blog said:


It's time to respond to the avalanche of questions coming our way concerning our plans for the initial edition of American Truck Simulator and its post-release future.

The day one release will contain the state of California. That was always the plan.

We are happy to confirm that on February 3rd, we will also have the state of Nevada fully ready for release. We were still not sure about Nevada's finish-line when the game box packaging design was being finalized, so the boxes sitting on retail shelves will put the spotlight on California, but there is actually more coming your way right out of the gate. In short, DLC Nevada will be a free game update for everyone, no matter where or when you will have bought the game, available immediately on official release date.



It is also public knowledge by now that we are hard at work on the state of Arizona. On the packaging of the retail box, there is actually an explicit statement that DLC Arizona will unlock for owners of this game edition when it's eventually finished. We are delighted to confirm that Arizona DLC will also be a free game update for everybody. You will just have to wait for it a little bit longer, this part of the world is still under development.

You do not really have to worry about the particular channel where to purchase the game, whether it's on Steam, in any other digital store, or in a bricks-and-mortar shop, the playable content will be the same for everybody.

Actually, we should also mention that next to this base release, several retail publishers have decided to also offer a richer (and more expensive) edition of the game on release, calling it Collector's Edition. These bigger cardboard boxes are surely nicer, they contain a cool selection of additional merchandise items, so it would be for example a very cool birthday gift with extra value. But when it comes to the game itself, the installation media is the same, and the same set of DLCs will be unlocked for those buying this special edition of the game as will for people with the regular edition of the game.

Recommended price of the game is going to be $20/€20, though it is to be expected that for alternate currencies, some local market specifics and the need to display a nice round figure may cause slight variations.


We surely do not plan to stop working on American Truck Simulator world with Arizona. However, please be aware that the road ahead of us is long, and it will take us years to cover the continent. We will continue to add features to the game with regular free updates, but most further map expansion DLCs, if not all, will be paid. We have had to pick a business model allowing us to build more than ten times the amount of content compared to what we are launching with. If you are looking forward to drive coast to coast, you will not be able to do that now, and it will cost you more eventually than the price of the initial purchase.

It would be great to get the chance to reach the East Coast, it would be fabulous to be able to push north towards at least 60 degs latitude and south towards the Equatorial. But ultimately, it is up to you, our fans, if this happen - you will vote with your wallets. We expect to get the right guidance from you on future growth of our team to handle the new opportunities and challenges.

Thank you for your patience and support!
Source: http://blog.scssoft.com/2016/01/american-truck-simulator-map-dlc.html
 
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Alan5267

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We will continue to add features to the game with regular free updates, but most further map expansion DLCs, if not all, will be paid
Hmmm, It will be interesting how much they charge for the states, what the variables will be for the price, and if they will be sold in bundles depending on size. I just hope that the price doesnt reach $100+ USD in total. If it does, it will screw up new players (after a few years of being released), which will probably want most states, and countries with particularly bad exchange rates to the US (such as Australia) where the game alone will be $30 for us poor Aussies...
 

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Hmmm, It will be interesting how much they charge for the states, what the variables will be for the price, and if they will be sold in bundles depending on size. I just hope that the price doesnt reach $100+ USD in total. If it does, it will screw up new players (after a few years of being released), which will probably want most states, and countries with particularly bad exchange rates to the US (such as Australia) where the game alone will be $30 for us poor Aussies...
I agree. A British pound will be more than enough per State when you think about how many people will buy them. Say ATS has a customer base of at least 10,000 people (easily). They release one State at £1 GBP. 5,000 people buy the state, that's £5,000 GBP for ONE State and I've more than likely underestimated the game's following.
 

[Stobart] John

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I'm not worried. If they were just a cash cow, they could have billed the 3 states they are currently offering for free. Or at least 1.
I'm sure they'll find a good way to deliver good content and not over price it.
They are releasing the game at about 20€ , with 2 states , and a 3rd one on the way, also for free.
Good calls on their part, i will buy the game to show my support, as i'm sure many others will do too.
 

Dr.Bull

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Yeah, they shouldn't make the expansions 20+ Euros like they did with ETS 2, that would be absolutly ridiculous. In fact, Going East and -North cost more than I paid for the game itself. 1-5 Euros is acceptable.

If they're cheap, way more people would buy them as well.
 

mooby346

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Yeah, they shouldn't make the expansions 20+ Euros like they did with ETS 2, that would be absolutly ridiculous. In fact, Going East and -North cost more than I paid for the game itself. 1-5 Euros is acceptable.

If they're cheap, way more people would buy them as well.
I'm pretty sure they will be priced around the same. If SCS had plenty of money to play with they would be able to develop games quicker. The way I see it, yeah I don't want to pay the same price for expansions that I did for the original but if the publisher is struggling like SCS is I don't mind. It's one thing if a company like EA does, but SCS needs the money. And besides, plenty of people that don't want to pay full price will wait for a sale on Steam, like I did with the ETS2 expansions. If you don't agree with the price, wait for the sale. It will happen eventually.
 

David.Ikaël

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I'm so happy !
I really thought we would be able to drive only in California.
So I feel happy to know that we will have Nevada the 3rd of February, and Arizona for free in few weeks/months ! :)
And I thought ATS would cost like 30€ - 40€. But this is only 20€ !
So yeah, I like these news :)
 

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I'm pleased to hear that Arizona will be released at the same time as the rest of the game! Just hoping that additional map DLC will be priced the same or similar as Going East, I still find the Scandinavia one is too expensive for what it is :P
 

mooby346

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I'm pleased to hear that Arizona will be released at the same time as the rest of the game! Just hoping that additional map DLC will be priced the same or similar as Going East, I still find the Scandinavia one is too expensive for what it is :p
I think Nevada is going to release day 1 with Cali, but Arizona will be coming later. It will still be free though.
 

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I think Nevada is going to release day 1 with Cali, but Arizona will be coming later. It will still be free though.
You're right, I just read it wrong! Nevada on release and Arizona for free later :)
 
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