Everything is fine for American Truck Simulator; Not only is SCS Software currently having its hands full working on the previously announced Montana and Texas expansions, the developer has also been working on its major overhaul in California – and phase two of that work is now available in a new update.
California was, of course, one of two states included when American Truck Simulator launched in 2016 (the other being Nevada), and it’s showing itself to be progressively older of late, especially alongside SCS’s increasingly impressive work on more recent state expansions.
Therefore, the developer has already promised a refresh of the aging site in 2020 with the aim of bringing it up to the current mapping standard. The first phase of this overhaul came last July and made significant changes to California’s northern road network, adding (and in some cases removing) landscape towns and introducing border patrol stations.
And now, with the arrival of American Truck Simulator update 1.44, phase two of the SCS California overhaul is officially upon us, and it’s a big one.
In addition to new roads, rest stops, landscape towns, and Border Patrol stations, not to mention new vegetation and textures, SCS has rebuilt five Northern California cities – Eureka, Ukiah, Redding, Sacramento, and Truckee – from the ground up, adding new local landmarks and architecture along the way .
Unfortunately, the update is saying goodbye to the city of San Rafael due to map scale issues, but a brand new city – said to be “larger and of much greater importance on California’s road network” – will be added in phase three of the ongoing update rework.
But that’s not all in the latest update of American Truck Simulator. 1.44 also introduces a new mod refund feature that refunds any in-game money spent on a third-party truck mod if a user decides to uninstall it.
There’s also a small UI update to show factory, licensed, aftermarket, and unknown accessories more clearly in the garage list, and there are tweaks to American Truck Simulator’s unmarked road exploration mechanics. Now when you discover a new unmarked road, the route will be added to the map, making it much easier to find on future trips.
And that’s not all, with SCS Pack 1.44 featuring everything from new special transport routes and ownable drop deck trailers to adjustable suspension height and intelligent sequential shifting – all in more detail on Steam.
As for American Truck Simulator’s next destination, we know that SCS is currently hard at work on its expansions in Montana and Texas. Neither has a release date yet, but SCS continues to detail progress in each state on its blog.