It’s all possible for American Truck Simulator; Not only does SCS Software currently have their hands full with the previously announced Montana and Texas expansions, the developer has been hard at work on its major overhaul in California — and phase two of that work is now available in a new update.
California, of course, was one of two states that were part of the American Truck Simulator launch in 2016 (the other was Nevada), and has been aging lately, especially alongside SCS’s increasingly impressive work on newer state expansions.
As such, the developer promised in 2020 a refresh for the aging location, aiming to bring it up to current mapping standards. The first phase of this rework arrived last July, with major changes to California’s northern highway network, adding (and in some cases removing) landscape cities and introducing border patrol stations.
And now, with the arrival of American Truck Simulator’s 1.44 update, phase two of SCS’ California rework has officially begun, and it’s a big one.
In addition to new roads, rest areas, landscape towns and border patrol stations, not to mention new vegetation and textures, SCS has completely rebuilt five northern California cities—Eureka, Ukiah, Redding, Sacramento, and Truckee—with new additions of local landmarks. and architecture along the way.
Sadly, the update is saying goodbye to the city of San Rafael due to map scale issues, but a brand new city — reportedly “bigger and of much greater importance to California’s road network” — will be added in phase three of the ongoing reworks. .
However, that’s not all in the latest update of American Truck Simulator. 1.44 also introduces a new Mod Refund feature that reimburses in-game currency spend on a third-party truck modification if a user decides to remove it.
There’s also a bit of a UI refresh to make factory, license, aftermarket, and unknown accessory parts more clearly marked in the garage listing, and there are tweaks to American Truck Simulator’s unmarked road reconnaissance mechanic. Now, when discovering a new unmarked road, the route is added to the map, making it much easier to find on future trips.
And that’s not all, with SCS packing 1.44 featuring everything from new special transport routes and proprietary drop-deck trailers to adjustable suspension height and smart sequential shifting – all of this is detailed on Steam.
As for American Truck Simulator’s next destination, we know that SCS is currently hard at work on its Montana and Texas expansions. Neither has a release date yet, but SCS continues to detail the progress being made in each state on its blog.